Intel SSD DC P3700 Enthusiast Report (800GB)

REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s not often that we do totally separate reviews for the same SSD but we felt the Intel SSD DC P3700 was deserving of such…and not only as a result of the numerous requests received for just this.  NVMe represents a whole new way to look at solid state storage and it is not reserved only for enterprise class use; this will find its way to the buying consumer soon enough.  Intel will soon be starting that gravy train rolling as they also roll out the P3600 and P3500 right behind the SSD we reviewed today, the P3500 hitting shelves at an MSRP of $599 for a 400GB SSD.  For $600, we will be getting performance of 2.5GB/s throughput, 450,000 IOPS, a five-year warranty, along with absolutely amazing endurance.  This is the enthusiasts dream.

Intel P3700 NVMe 800GB SSD Top

Without realizing it, Intel is going to be significantly improving the sales of Microsoft Windows 8.1 soon enough.  The reasoning for this, of course, is that the Intel P3000 NVMe SSD family will only boot on Windows 8.1, or higher enterprise operating systems such as Windows Server 2008/2012 and Linux Enterprise Server.  As for me personally, my disdain for Windows 8.1 grew with every person that sent me a note asking how they could turn off their system, or where they can store files.  All that has changed now.  After spending about 24 hours trying to get Windows 8.1 installed and booting properly, with countless failed attempts, I will doing a Test Bench rebuild this weekend with the heart and soul of the system being the Intel P3700.  Did I mention that, unlike every other PCIe before this, there is no delay and this SSD boots in about 10-12 seconds flat in Windows 8?

Intel P3700 Open 2

As much as many will point directly to lower latency as the highlighting variable with the SSD DC P3700, the overall performance picture is great.  Looking solely at the consumer/enthusiast/prothusiast/small business picture, we become well aware of the fact that we will most likely not have this drive running with a continuous load 24 hours a day.  As much as we always discount manufacturer specifications that are drawn from highly compressible data, the same can be said by looking entirely at the incompressible data result picture.  This SSD will find its way into the hands of so many outside of the enterprise workspace, where mixed loads and sporadic use paing an entirely different picture than the P3700 was intended; some of this being the result of the P3500/P3600 not being available until well behind the P3700.  460K IOPS, 2.6GB/s throughput, end to end data protection, a five-year warranty, unheard of endurance and very low latency paint a great picture for the future though, don’t you think?

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Review Overview

P3700 Build
Enterprise Features
Performance
Compatibility
Price and Warranty

Pure Speed with NVMe!

The Intel SSD DC P3700 is the first of the NVME P3000 family and has displayed all around great marks. 460K IOPS, 2.8GB/s throughput, ultra low latency, a five year warranty and spectacular endurance will ensure great demand for the P3700.

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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.

dravo1
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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!

John Curtis
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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.