REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
As impressed as we have been from the start with the Intel P3700 NVMe SSD, two more factors play into the success of this SSD; startup and heat. Unlike every PCIe solution prior, there is no requirement for a separate BIOS to boot prior to the system BIOS for that SSD to be recognized as a boot drive. Our boot time on the P3700 is around 15 seconds and this is slowed down somewhat by the fact that it still takes a second or two for the automatic logon to do its job.
The below components are present in this Test Bench, given exception to the Intel P3700 of course. All hardware is linked to sales on the right side of the chart, should one be interested in a specific piece.
|PC CHASSIS:||InWin D-Frame Open Air Chassis|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Socket 1150|
|CPU:||Intel Core i7-4790|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Water Cooled |
|POWER SUPPLY:||be quiet Dark Power Pro 10 1000W PSU|
|SYSTEM COOLING:||be quiet Silent Wings 2 PC Fans|
|GRAPHICS CARD:||EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler|
|MEMORY:||Kingston HyperX Beast |
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|MOUSE:||Corsair Vengeance M95 MMO/RTS Laser Mouse|
|MONITOR:||QNIX 27″ QX2710 2560×1440 |
|HBA||HighPoint RocketU 1144C 4 x USB 3.0 20Gb/s HBA|
Heat, or rather the lack of, was also something we never expected. Many have always held the belief that the faster the throughput and higher the IOPS, the more heat created within the memory and controller. This is definitely not the case with the P3700 which is actually cool to the touch at any point in time in our system. Did we mention that it is our main boot drive?
Last but not least, we had to wonder how backup, or rather migration might work, as we are in the habit of using Paragon OS to SSD software to regularly do a system migration for our own security. After all, we are now moving a NVMe set system to a SATA 3 SSD in our case. We pulled the P3700 and the system started immediately, and without a hitch, using the SATA 3 SSD as its boot device.
Other than Q4, there is no set release date for the Intel P3000 NVMe SSD family and this has several drooling at the thought of getting one of these in their system. We might hazard to warn potential buyers that they can be found on Amazon (and other e-tail sources) right now for pre-sale, but through 3rd party sellers that have padded their price significantly from expected MSRP pricing. Buyer beware.
In any case, we have no doubt that Intel will be leading the SSD industry into the future with their NVMe designs, and at a price that most never expected. Until release though, the door is open for competition.