Solid-state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system. Intel calls their new 750 Series NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD's "The Next Revolution in Storage" and we couldn't agree more. The 750 Series 1.2 TB IS the fastest consumer OS disk you can buy, period. Our 750 was able to eviscerate every formidable contender we could throw its way.
Let's talk for a moment about our experience while running the 750 as our OS volume. This is important because nearly every one of you reading this review that purchases a 750 series SSD will be running it for your OS Disk. We did have to update our ASRock Extreme 9's BIOS to be able to boot to the 750. We aren't exactly sure why, because we were booting to our DC P3700's without issue prior to updating our motherboard's BIOS. With our BIOS updated, we had no further issues booting to the 750. We installed Windows 8.1 64-bit OS with our storage devices set to boot UEFI only. We installed our OS on a GPT partition without issue. Boot times noticeably increased in comparison to a SATA disk. We did not try fast boot or ultra-fast boot mode to see if this speeded things along. Once inside Windows, everything is lightning quick, sometimes noticeably snappier than a SATA SSD.
If you want to clone your OS to a 750 series SSD, your OS should already be on a GPT partition. It's unlikely a MBR partition will work, but it might because we were able to boot the OS on our 750 series in legacy only storage mode after installing our OS on our GPT partition in UEFI only mode. In fact, with this new BIOS update, we were able to boot our OS on our DC P3700's in legacy only storage mode. Restoring an image with Acronis presents an issue, because while you can create an image, Acronis boot media does not see NVMe drives. Acronis Server boot media does not see NVMe drives either. The good news is Windows Imager does see NVMe drives and imaging from boot media with Windows Imager works just fine aside from the limitations that are inherent to Windows Imager.
Intel emphasizes that the 750 is broadly compatible with Intel Z97 and X99 series motherboards, so you will need to make sure you have either an X99 or Z97 motherboard if you want to use your 750 series SSD for your OS disk. We believe that ASRock (and only ASRock) Z87 motherboards will boot a 750 series SSD based on the fact that we could boot our DC P3700 NVMe SSD in UEFI storage mode over six months ago on our ASRock Z87 motherboard. This is an assumption we are making and it could be incorrect; we haven't actually tried it yet.
Let's talk for a moment about what we liked and disliked about the Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x 4 AIC SSD. What we disliked: This is going to be a short list. Boot times, no active cooling, cannot create bootable RAID volumes, the end.
What we liked: The other worldly performance tops the list. My head is still spinning and I am a RAID aficionado. I knew that someday SATA based RAID 0 would be overtaken in the consumer space, but it's still shocking to me that a single drive can do it right now. We like the price. For the capacity you get, and the class leading performance it delivers, we think that the 750 is a downright bargain. We like knowing that our data is protect by enhanced power-loss protection and Intel's XOR parity scheme. We like that the 750 series is rated for 70GB per day writes during its five-year limited warranty period. That's more endurance than will likely be needed by anyone in the 750 series target audience.
I highly recommend Intel's revolutionary 750 series NVMe SSD to every enthusiast.
PRICING: You can find the Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 AIC SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||96%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: Intel's 750 Series NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD delivers revolutionary performance at a price enthusiasts can afford. It's as simple as that.
- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing, and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details, Test System Setup, Disk Properties]
- Page 3 [SSD Toolbox]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO, Anvil Storage Utilities, CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Max IOPS, Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 8 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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