REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
I am fortunate that I have been involved in the storage industry since the first SSD appeared and am regarded favorably by manufacturers and peers alike (at least I think). The truth is that I am still like a kid in a candy store when it comes to storage and am grateful that this has remained my pleasure rather than primary occupation. I have an absolute pile of products to review with many others that fall under terms such as NDA or embargo, yet I couldn’t wait for the Intel SSD Optane DC P5800X 800GB SSD to arrive and push all others aside. Even now, I can only think about how my main PC used for developing media is going to fit the P5800X as a system drive to include some of the most demanding media software in the industry…and it will run all smoother than they have ever run. I am not alone. There are others that feel much the same but wouldn’t ever put it in print.
Intel Optane has been long regarded as the Holy Grail of storage and its reputation is well deserved. The P5800X achieved PCIe 4 performance up to 7.2GB/s and 1.5 million IOPS. The secret to Optane is its low latency though and, even in benchmarks such as Crystal DiskMark, latency results under 10µ were achieved. We are not alone in stating that the P5800X has resulted in the highest performance results ever achieved in just about every commonly used benchmark available for storage testing. Results weren’t even close. Now, add to that a 5-year warranty that carries a 100DWPD guarantee to a total of 146 petabytes. This SSD should go into a time capsule. Can we find a negative?
Price. If you just have to have the Intel Optane DC P5800X Gen 4 NVMe SSD, you are going to pay what many would regard as a steep premium. On the street right now, we found the P5800X for $1224US (400GB), $2103 (800GB) and $3837 (1.6TB). But then again, this SSD wasn’t created for the typical consumer, or even the enthusiast. It is a data center SSD (hence the DC) envisioned for work stations and we are going to bet those that work in media will be all over this as well.
It is the little things though. This was shown through temperature monitoring where we were able to suggest that the P5800X just may be the coolest running Gen 4 SSD in the industry. In addition, we were able to demonstrate that, even at 90% full, the P5800X runs better than new, and also, that there is no drop in performance during very large file transfers. This is unheard of in today’s SSD industry.
Editor’s Choice…but who wouldn’t have guessed.