INSIDE THE INTEL DC S3500 DATA CENTER SSD
Compared to the Samsung SM843 offering, opening up the DC S3500 was a breeze. Once the cover is off, you see the same black plastic spacers that are in the DC S3700.
On the top side of the PCB, you are presented with an 8-channel Intel controller (PC29AS21CA0). This is the same controller that drew our praise in the S3700. In fact, most of the components in the S3500 are shared with the S3700.
Next to the controller are two Micron DDR3 DRAM packages. Each one houses 512MB, for a total of 1GB.
Finally, the 480GB S3500 comes with 16 NAND packages totaling 528GB. That number wasn’t a typo; just like the S3700, some capacities have odd amounts of NAND. This version comes with 14 x 32GB, 1 x 16GB and 1 x 64GB packages.