Intel SSD 730 Series SSD Review (2x480GB)

REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS

When considering whether purchase of the Intel 730 SSD (or two) is a viable one, we think that one of the most important things to consider is where Intel’s 3rd Generation controller was conceived.  It’s first appearance was way back in December 2012 when we reviewed it in the enterprise variant SSD DC S3700 Series family, followed by its use once again in the Data center S3500 SSD that we reviewed in June of 2013.  That SSD is practically the twin of this release, right down to the odd memory capacities.  This provides us with something that is not always present in new release SSDs and that is a controller that has been proven reliable at the enterprise level for quite some time.

Intel S3500 Controller

 Intel is introducing the 730 as having ‘Intel Data Center DNA’ which it definitely does, overclocks the controller and memory, places a five-year warranty on it and then let’s us know that the 730 can sustain up to 70GB writes per day for that five years of its warranty.  Everything seen so far makes this an ideal SSD for a workstation environment, the media professional, avid gamer or just the PC enthusiast.  Rather than relying on the controllers reputation or drive features, Intel then suggests that the SSD 730 has been fine tuned for use in a RAID environment where it will perform at a much higher level.

Intel SSD 730 Series SSD CloserAs well as the Intel SSD 730 did on its own, we couldn’t resist throwing it into a RAID environment and right beside a set of Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSDs.  The two were neck and neck in transferring 25GB of HD and Blu-Ray movies, the Intel performing the best with a 57 second transfer speed.  Considering many HD movies are somewhere in the area of 800MB, that means that the 730 in RAID 0 transferred a HD movie every 1.78 seconds.  That’s just plain fast and supports the performance results of over 1GB/s transfer speeds and 130K IOPS we achieved with Anvil Storage Utilities (not published but available on request).

With performance, reliability, endurance and warranty covered, all that is left is pricing.  At the time of this report, the word is that pricing of the SSD 730 will be right on the $1/GB mark and availability may be as late as March 18, 2014.  Considering everything we know about this SSD, it will definitely be a contender with the gaming and enthusiast crowd, as much as it may be with the media professional.  Let’s face it; the Intel SSD 730 scales very well in RAID 0, has very low latency and high endurance.

Oh and LSI being the manufacturer of Intel’s 3rd Gen controller…who knew?

Equipped with a controller that has had its feet on the ground for some time and is proven reliable, high endurance of 70GB writes per day for the five-year warranty of the SSD, along with great performance and a fair introductory price, make it a very easy recommendation on our part.  We have elected to award the Intel SSD 730 our Gold Seal.

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70GB Per day Endurance!

The Intel SSD 730 Seriess SSD family pulled a page from the enterprise DC S3500 and created a SSD to suite the enthusiast, media professional and Workstation environments. With RAID 0 performance above 1GB/s, over 130K IOPS, 70GB per day write endurance, 50µs latency, and a five year warranty, Intel has the bases loaded!

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Hoai Phuong
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Hoai Phuong

The first SSD which performs better random read in RAID than running alone I’ve ever seen! Good job Intel and thanks so much for the review! 😀

Jim Fripat
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why are there no other SSDs in the comparison pool for any of the tests? other sites show this SSD as much slower than others, yet comparisons are avoided here.

Les@TheSSDReview
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The best thing about multiple site reviews is that we all have our own way of either comparing or not comparing. Comparisons are not avoided at all, but rather, we have provided report consistent to that we have provided for several years. Thanks for checking our report out!

dravo1
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dravo1

I noticed that this SSD requires 12v and 5v inputs whereas other SSDs only require 3.3v. Is this just because of the controller being used?

SMiThaYe
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SMiThaYe

I had checked the datasheet last week and its either 12 V or 5V not both, using 12V is marginal gains. Check page 9 for more details from the whitepaper and much more: http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-specifications/ssd-730-series-spec.pdf

Lubomir
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Lubomir

Les, I always wonder when I see RAID0 results worse than single-SSD. My suggestion for you : try to compare SW RAID0 with HW RAID0 using proper controller, like the new LSI or Adaptec7/8series you liked so much. They have definitely shown some phenomenal muscles.

I guess several readers would be interested in software VS hardware raid0 performance numbers…

Les@TheSSDReview
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Thanks for the advise.

peter van schie
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peter van schie

is the corsair neutron gtx not faster than this ssd

Les@TheSSDReview
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The Neutron GTX has a rocket controller that has never got the true visibility it should. The same controller is used in the Seagate. Looking at numbers alone, you are absolutey correct but the 730 offers something just a bit more impressive that might lure in so many walking on the fence, proven reliability which has seen enterprise, as well as endurance.