REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Intel 750 series is a storage enthusiast’s dream come true and a penny savers nightmare, but who cares about those penny savers anyways? They have a wide variety of entry level SSD storage to choose from. The storage enthusiasts are the ones that really matter here. We want fast, faster than fast, and we want it yesterday! Well, the Intel 750 series is not only fast, it is a great value when looking at this segment of the market. For under $1 per GB you get a lot of bang for your buck. For SSDs such as this we like to say “just shut up and take my money!”
Intel is a bit like Mercedes Benz when it comes to the SSD market. With Mercedes their engine power ratings are usually on the more conservative side and often times they push out more power than the specs list. This goes the same for Intel, while they state that this beast of an SSD is rated for up to 2.4GB/s read and 440K IOPS we were able to achieve much higher speeds at nearly 2.7GB/s read and over 460K random read IOPS! During PCMark Vantage it achieved an all-time high score of 338K points! This is very impressive as the last highest score we’ve seen in this benchmark was less than half that! In PCMark 8 we could see an apparent performance increase due to the PCIe and NVMe interface in terms of bandwidth and latency over some of the popular high-end SSD options in the market. Furthermore, during tested we found it pointless to do any type of temperature vs throughput testing as when put under our Iometer write workload for 1hr the PCB and heat sink were barely warm to the touch.
Overall, the Intel 750 series has a lot going for it. It is the first SSD to bring NVMe to consumer hands, as well as Intel’s first PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD for the client enthusiast and workstation market. We’ve seen it deliver great performance. It is available in capacities of 400GB and 1.2TB and two form factors, a 2.5″ form factor with a SFF-8639 connector as well as the HHHL add-in card form factor we tested today. It can be used as bootable storage. It utilizes NVMe for better performance and efficiency. It comes with support from Intel’s Toolbox. It is backed by a 5 year warranty and best of all it comes in at a great price point. It seems like this is the perfect SSD for the enthusiast, right?
Now the cons. “Wait, there are cons? How can there be cons to something as magnificent as this?” Well yeah, just some because we had to be really picky. The main one we could think of is its endurance rating. Yes, 219TB written is quite a lot for a consumer SSD, however, this is a class leading enthusiast/workstation product. While not providing similar performance, we have seen a few SATA and M.2 SSDs with endurance ratings that dominate the Intel 750’s. Then when you think of the ratings that its P3000 series brothers have it is a bit of a letdown, however, if you do want more endurance simply step up to one of their enterprise class products. Furthermore, another con would be that this SSD is not available in an 800GB capacity as the gap between 400GB and 1.2TB is quite large and we are pretty sure that many would opt for the 800GB model if they could. Our final con is a very minor one, it is that this SSD is not bootable in legacy systems. This SSD requires UEFIs that are 2.3.1 or later, however, if you are in the market for something such as this you are going to pretty much have the latest and greatest of everything anyways. Besides that, we don’t have any more gripes with the Intel 750 given its market position.
Quite frankly the Intel 750 series is a game changer. Without using a complicated RAID type configuration the Intel 750 series delivers enthusiast class leading performance and Intel’s legendary reliability at under $1 per GB. If you are looking for very high performance at a very decent price, this SSD blows its competition out of the water. Without further ado, we would like to award the Intel 750 our Editor’s Choice award due to its value/performance ratio!