In our third round with Intel's SSD 750, we think the family is finally complete. Intel filled its capacity gap.
As we categorize the drives, we believe the 800GB SSD 750 best fits in the terabyte class. The 1.2TB model breaks past $1000 and lives off on its own island where only true workstation professionals dare venture. Intel's 400GB and 800GB implementations deliver very similar performance, but at more palatable price points for enthusiasts dedicated to consistency. This is the modern-day version of using a Seagate X15 SCSI hard drive in your desktop computer.
And just like those old X15s, Intel's SSD 750s cost a lot but deliver an even more dramatic experiential payoff. The SSD 750 puts a powerful supercomputer-like storage system into your desktop. It accelerates applications by reducing load time and enables smoother multi-tasking. Outside of the data center, it'd be difficult to hammer this drive hard enough to ever see its limits.
At roughly $1 per gigabyte, the 800GB SSD 750 is about as far as you can get from the TLC-based terabyte-class SATA drives we've been reviewing in the $200 range. If you just need a lot of flash-based storage, Intel's SSD 750 isn't your best choice. But if you're looking for a storage subsystem ready to accept your most performance-sensitive software, the NVMe-capable SSD 750 will ensure those applications start quickly and respond instantly. To be sure, you can't even compare SATA- and NVMe-based drives.
Perhaps sadly, the true benefits of NVMe can't even be realized today on the desktop. We simply don't have the software able to exploit the interface's potential. But there's something to be said for owning hardware that outstrips your software's needs. If there's such a thing as future-proofing in this business, Intel's SSD 750 has what it takes to stand the test of time.