REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Intel 540s seems to be an average performing TLC based product. It was able to achieve speeds of over 560MB/s read and 500MB/s write while QD1 random performance was also good with over 30MB/s read results and 150MB/s writes. In AS SSD it was also able to achieve over 75K IOPS read and 80K IOPS write, which is nearly inline with Intel’s specification ratings. Reaching over 87K points, its PCMark Vantage results placed it with many other good performing drives. PCMark 8’s extended on the other hand revealed results that, while strong and consistent, were just average compared to other SSDs we have tested.
Furthermore, though the Intel 540s showed decent performance during our battery of synthetic tests, it didn’t do too well during our file transfer test. In this test it reached an average of just 130MB/s, which places it in a performance category below that of even a hard drive, but still ahead of the Crucial BX200. Finally, with a transfer power consumption of just 3.2W, a max of 4.3W, and idle of just 51mW, the Intel 540s’s power consumption was well regulated during testing.
Intel’s choice to release a TLC based drive was obvious with the value segment blowing up in the past few months. With pricing becoming more and more cut throat, it doesn’t seem like the Intel 540s Series will fair too well in sales compared to everyone else. With average performance and Intel’s typical luxury tax, the Intel 540s Series isn’t your best bet when looking for a new value based TLC SSD. Its 5-year warranty and AES 256-bit encryption, while definitely key differentiators, don’t fully make up for the steep price point that puts it too far above the competition. Intel 540s Series SSD is just another TLC option out there in the sea of SSDs. Many of which are a much better value. However, if you are a die-hard Intel fanboy, want that 5-year warranty, need AES encryption, or if by chance this SSD is one that just turns you on, be sure too…