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Intel SSD 750 800 GB Takes Shape, Coming Soon

The only issue we found while testing Intel's very high performance NVMe client offering is about to be addressed by the company. The initial release featured a 400 GB drive at $389 and a very large 1.2 TB model at $1,049. It's a wide gap, and one Intel could easily address as the company offers other NVMe products with the same controller in an 800 GB capacity.

Two new models appeared on the Intel ARK comparison table after the Skylake platform launch earlier this week. The new models fill the capacity and price gap left wide open in the SSD 750 product series. We say "two models" because Intel released the SSD 750 in two form factors, HHHL add-in-card (AIC) and 2.5". The 2.5" drives still use the PCIe 3.0 x4 interconnect, but with the aid of a cable for connectivity.

ProductSSD 750 400 GBSSD 750 800 GBSSD 750 1.2 TB
Price (current)$389Unknown ($800 est)$1,045
StatusLaunchedAnnouncedLaunched
Launch DateQ2 '15Q3 '15Q2 '15
ControllerIntel 3rd Gen PCIeIntel 3rd Gen PCIeIntel 3rd Gen PCIe
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x4PCIe 3.0 x4PCIe 3.0 x4
# of Channels9Unknown18
NAND Lithography20nm20nm20nm
User Capacity400 GB800 GB1,200 GB
Sequential Read2,200 MB/s2,100 MB/s2,400 MB/s
Sequential Write900 MB/s800 MB/s1,200 MB/s
Random Read430,000 IOPS420,000 IOPS440,000 IOPS
Random Write230,000 IOPS210,000 IOPS290,000 IOPS
Power - Activeup to 12 wattsup to 15 wattsup to 22 watts
Power - Idle4 watts4 watts4 watts
Endurance70 GB per day70 GB per day70 GB per day
Warranty5 years5 years5 years

At this time we don't have pricing details. We suspect the new SSD 750 800 GB model will fall right in between the two existing drives -- so, right around $800. The ARK does list performance data. Unfortunately, the new addition offers the lowest performance of the three capacity sizes. To be fair, this shouldn't be an issue because our own performance testing shows that Intel's numbers are much lower than what the SSD 750 is capable of.

Intel hasn't detailed the configuration, but we suspect it will be different than the 9-channel 400 GB product and the 18-channel 1.2 TB model.

As a side note, the Skylake platform introduced Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID support for PCIe storage devices. At this time, the feature does not work as it should, but we suspect motherboard manufacturers and Intel will fix the early issues quickly. Many Skylake motherboards ship with two or more m.2 slots that can operate with u.2 adapters that connect to 2.5" PCIe SSDs. We look forward to testing Intel's new 800 GB SSD 750 in RAID once available.

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Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware, covering Storage. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Tom's Hardware on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

  • falchard
    I always liked the price scaling on SSDs. It makes the decision between RAIDing them or just using one for reliability reasons not costly.
    Reply
  • rantoc
    So lower performance and a higher price per GB than the lower model... makes intel scene i bet - Just not the rest of us...
    Reply