NVMe is rapidly changing the storage landscape. No longer is just going solid state the path to the best-performing storage solution; now it needs to be NVMe for the ultimate in performance. As enthusiasts, we are always-on the lookout for a pathway to even more performance than the mainstream has to offer.
Storage enthusiasts such as myself are on a never-ending quest for the ultimate operating system (OS) disk, and this is the driving force that inevitably leads to RAID 0. As NVMe is becoming mainstream, committed enthusiasts are looking for even more storage performance than a single NVMe SSD has to offer, and Intel has delivered a pathway to a bootable NVMe array with its Z170 chipset.
The Z170 chipset is bandwidth limited to about 3.6 gigabytes per second sequential performance. Currently, 3.6 GB/s exceeds the performance of any consumer-based NVMe SSD on the market by quite a bit; especially when you consider that sequential write performance tops out at about 1.5GB/s on the fastest consumer NVMe SSDs.
Throughout our testing, we clearly demonstrated the performance gains that can be achieved with a bootable RAID 0 NVMe array for an OS disk. Intel's 750 SSD is still the leader when it comes to heavy mixed workloads and maximum IOPS.
We are more than satisfied with the SSD experience we were able to extract from our dual 400GB Intel 750 U.2 bootable array. If you are an avid enthusiast that simply has to have the best performing bootable storage solution, then you need an NVMe array. RAID 0 is back, and we encourage you to give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
Intel 750 400GB U.2 x2 Bootable NVMe Array
- Five-Year Warranty
- Highest Consumer IOPS
- Superior Heavy Workload Performance
- Appealing Form Factor
- Moderate Workload Performance
PRICING: You can find the Intel 750 NVMe 400GB U.2 SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Intel 750 NVMe 400GB U.2 SSD retails for $420 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Intel 750 NVMe 400GB U.2 SSD retails for £302 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Drive Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace-Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - Max IOPS, Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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