Our review sample did not come in retail packaging. It was placed in an anti-static baggie and wrapped in bubble wrap. The overall design of the Intel 750 series looks very similar to that of the Intel DC P3000 family of SSDs.
It seems that the front simply has a different heat sink. When looking at the back, the PCB design is practically the same. There are a total of 14 NAND packages and two DRAM chips on the back.
Our sample also came with both the HHHL and full length PCIe slot brackets. The top of the heat sink lists the 750’s information from serial number and capacity to firmware revision. It also states that this product was assembled in China. The PCIe bracket has holes in it to allow for better airflow and cooling. The heat sink includes airway grooves as well to aid with heat dissipation.
Once we remove the heat sink from the 750′ we get a close look at just how much this SSD mirrors the other Intel DC P3000 series SSDs. There are 18 NAND packages and three DRAM packages on this side.
Below we can also see two 330V Nichicon UD Series aluminum electrolytic capacitors that ensure that, in the case of an unexpected power-loss, in-flight data can be written to the NAND and your data is safe.
Taking a closer look at the controller, we can see that Intel is utilizing the same 18-channel flash controller (CH29AE41AB0) in the 750 as they are in the Intel DC P3700! Typically, SSD controllers range from 4-10 channels. By utilizing 18 channels Intel can take advantage of much more parallelism to allow for far greater speeds than we are used to seeing without the use of a complex RAID type configuration.
Intel is utilizing their own 20nm 128Gbit MLC NAND flash in this SSD’s design. There are 86 NAND die overall in 32 packages on the 1.2TB model. 18 of the packages have 4 die (64GiB), the other 14 have a single die (16GiB). Overall, there is a RAW capacity of 1,376GiB. Once formatted the user accessible space is 1.09TB.
The DRAM memory is Micron DDR3 operating at 1066MHz. The 400GB model has 1GB of DRAM while the 1.2TB has 2GB.