Today we have something very special for SSD of the Week. A new enthusiast class SSD that outshines any of the same form factor PCIe SSDs. By utilizing the new NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) interface, Intel’s 750 series of SSDs are leagues above the current PCIe interface in efficiency and speed. NVMe allows a more direct path to the CPU and allows manufactures a better interface to build on. The Intel 750 is a young cheetah that has just entered the race and yet is already so far ahead.
There are two form factors that the Intel 750 comes in, a 2.5″ 15mm with a SFF-8639 connector and the half-height, half-length (HHHL) add-in card form factor. Capacities are available in 400GB and 1.2TB with MSRPs under $1 per GB, however the going price is currently at a slight premium. The specifications on this SSD are insane. Sequential read and write for the 1.2TB model is rated for up to 2,400/1,200MB/s while random 4K performance is rated for up to 440K/290K IOPS read/write. The 400GB model is rated for up to 2,200MB/s read and 900MB/s write and up to 430K/230K IOPS read/write.
If you took a look at our review of this beast earlier this month, you would see that not only did we achieve the rated speeds, we hit nearly 2.7GB/s read! For the price, this SSD absolutely destroys any of its competition, even though considering the new technology it is rightfully in its own class in the consumer market.
Along with the very impressive specs Intel has bundled an array of features along with this SSD including their updated Intel toolbox. The toolbox has features that include SSD health monitoring, diagnostic scans, a firmware updater, a secure erase function, and a system tuner. Furthermore, the Intel 750 includes your standard TRIM and garbage collection support as well as power-loss protection. Best of all, this SSD is bootable with motherboards with UEFIs that are versions 2.3.1 or newer. Intel has saved hardware encryption for its enterprise class SSDs though. Lastly, the Intel 750 is rated for an endurance up to a maximum of 219TB written and is packaged with a 5-year limited warranty.
Proving even more how amazing this SSD is it even earned our Editor’s choice award. Overall, if you are an enthusiast when it comes to SSDs, this one is a must. Nothing rivals the raw power of this new breed of wild animal that glides across the grass almost frictionless.