Intel SSD DC P3700 Enthusiast Report (800GB)

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of highly compressible data (oFill/1Fill), or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.

Intel AS SSD CDM

Aa much as we believe the high sequential performance shown in this Crystal Diskmark result should be a bit higher, the low 4K write speed of 359MB/s is something we have been waiting to see with SSDs for some time.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.7

The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance.  For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.

After 17 hours on PCMark 8After 17 hours on PCMark 8 IOPSThis is what we hoped to attain from Crystal Diskmark.  Granted, the 4K random write performance is a bit lower, but the sequential read and write results on the left are definitely highlighted by the access time and Total Score.  Prior to this test, nobody could have ever convinced me that we could pull 400K IOPS from a single PCB/single controller SSD design.

Intel AS SSD Copy Bench

For those unfamiliar with AS SSD Copy Bench, it is fairly simple.  Three different files are created and moved from one place on a SSD to another, recording the maximum transfer speed in the move and time of the move.  Once again, the ISO result is amongst the best we have seen.  We will follow this result with ‘true to life’ file copy testing in just a bit.

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

Anvil Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today.  The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and use in our benchmark testing.

NVMe INTEL SSDPEDMD80 SCSI Disk Device_800GB_1GB-20140709-0557

Our ASU results paint a decent picture, however, we were curious what we could do when we tried our own tests to maximize IOPS.

488K Anvil205k write anvilWhen testing the Intel SSD DC P3700, the first thing one realizes is that, the higher the QD, the higher the IOPs.  488K read IOPS is just below the listed specifications, however, 205K write is more than double that of the listed 90K.

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

INTEL SSD DC 3700 PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS

It seems a bit odd running this test on the Intel DC P3700 NVMe SSD, but we couldn’t resist.  As expected, all eight tests landed in the SATA 3 range and the transfer speed high was 1.8GB/s while importing pictures with Windows Photo Gallery.  Still, we expected a few of the tests to be a bit higher and, if you are familiar with this program, you would typically see testing in Windows Media Center to be the fastest transfer speeds by a stretch. A Total Score of 158628 is amusing and the closest we have ever seen to this had to be our review of the Sony VAIO with the XP941 installed.

Intel Vantage

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Instead of RAID controllers, won’t there eventually be a need for a flash controller, or flash accelerator card designed to work specifically with these NVMe drives?

dravo1
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dravo1

Looking at the heat sinking on these units I have to ask if they have thermal shutoffs if things get too hot.

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dravo1

Is all data automatically encrypted when written to NAND on these units?

Les@TheSSDReview
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There is full 256 AES bit encryption. end to end data path protection and and thermal temperature monitoring where throttling will occur if necessary.

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hpvd

Many many thanks for this review! Espacially talking about how to make it bootable and Details like this “…there is no delay and this SSD boots in about 10-12 seconds flat in Windows 8?” make it really outstanding and very usefull for decision for daily-live Power-Workstation based computing 🙂

Les@TheSSDReview
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Thank you for this reply. I will be rebuilding our complete system around Win 8 and this P3700 this weekend. Perhaps I can post some more accurate boot tests and thoughts. Stay tuned.

hpvd
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hpvd

this would be awesome!!

gougoul
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gougoul

would be interesting too see how it compares to the samsung m2 941 and the evo 1gb in real life applications, like chrome compilation time, boot time (to be fair from start button press) , big game level load time etc…
it s totally clear that in tnerprise use, this drive is awesome, as it is in benchmarks but it would be fun to see if for enthusiasts it translates into something else than bragging rights…

hpvd
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hpvd

Hi Les -is there any news about this? I’m very excited 🙂

Les@TheSSDReview
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As in a release date?

hpvd
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hpvd

Yes in the release date of your further experience with P3700 “Perhaps I can post some more accurate boot tests and thoughts” 🙂

Mick Turner
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Mick Turner

A release date would be great. Any idea when this and/or the P3600 family is going to be available?

Les@TheSSDReview
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The closest I can get to an answer is ‘Fall’ or Q4.

Mick Turner
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Mick Turner

Thanks Les.
I did see after posting the question that Amazon.com now have an expected date of 4th of August. I do hope that is true, I hate it when products are teased so far in advance. Mind you, I’m in the UK so may well have to wait longer anyway.

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Hope you used our links and thanks!

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John Curtis

This is a really amazing SSD. For the first time in a while it seems like my OCZ Revo 3 x2 has something to upgrade to – at a reasonable price point. I ran a quick test on my daily workstation so everyone can have a reference for exactly how fast this new intel offering is. http://screencast.com/t/q0CSeXKon3 keep in mind this is daily usage on a general purpose workhorse for the last 2 years.

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Thanks for the input. Perhaps I should have included similar, but comparison of the 4 and 8KB results merits a definite look. I don’t think we would ever see from a PCIe what we will from the NVMe drive.