The world got its first look at Intel’s new 1500 Pro M.2 SSD today at Storage Visions, along with another Intel SSD with definite unknown origins. The 1500 Pro story is relatively new with this SSD being designed as a client solution for business. It will be available in capacities of 80-480GB and has performance specs of 540MB/s throughput and up to 80K IOPS.
This SSD is LSI SandForce Driven and is run by the LSI SandForce SF-2281 Rev B flash controller for low power consumption.
As well, we happened to find yet another similar Intel M.2 SSD near the 1500 Pro, one that was void of identification and contained an LSI/Intel controller with newer branding.
A closer look at the controller provides a product number of BF29AS41BBO and this controller has been seen elsewhere in the Intel retail 530 Series SSDs; an SSD that provides performance relatively close to what one might believe to be a SF-2281 flash controller.
This is the first time we have seen an LSI controller void of the LSI SandForce trademark and perhaps this may be a sign of things to come.