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Intel 750 400GB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 AIC SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | PCIe in Storage | Posted: Jul 10, 2015 10:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Intel

Final Thoughts

 

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Intel introduced us to NVMe by first launching the 1.2TB 750. At that moment, SATA was instantly relegated to second tier performance; even our powerful SATA arrays are unable to perform on the same level as a single 750 Series NVMe PCIe drive. The only drawback is the $1000 price tag. Even though the 1.2TB 750 is still under a buck per gigabyte, the TCO is very high for most. Luckily, Intel makes an equally fast 400GB version. $400 bucks puts this drive into an affordable range for most enthusiasts, without compromising on performance. Equally fast at 1/3 the capacity is quite an accomplishment and a testament to Intel's engineering prowess.

 

Currently, Intel's 750 Series are the only consumer NVMe drive's available. Samsung's SM951-NVMe SSD is out there, but it's not available through normal retail channels, and even if you somehow get your hands on one, compatibility is a huge issue. You can almost be guaranteed that a Samsung SM951-NVMe SSD will have serious issues when utilized in a typical consumer build. Keep in mind, the SM951 is only qualified to run as advertised with specific OEM builds.

 

On the other hand, Intel's 750 Series SSD is more than just speed, it's rock solid. It just works on any Intel X99 or Z97 platform with the latest BIOS installed. In addition, we love that Intel has their own driver. This allows the 750 series to be installed as your OS disk with Windows 7 or Server 2008 by just installing the standalone driver when you install Windows.

 

Because we perform most of our evaluations with the test subject running as our boot volume, we can comment on how the drive performed with our OS. We do experience slightly slower boot times, but nothing that is any sort of drawback; we are talking like 2-3 seconds difference in comparison to a SATA SSD. Once Windows is loaded, you can feel a big difference loading programs, loading is notable faster than anything you have ever experienced; especially games with long load times. If you install programs from and to the 750, it's so fast you will wonder if something is wrong because it installed so fast. Overall, the 750 Series SSD is changing the definition of what it means to have a fast computer.

 

Once again, Intel is first with new technology. NVMe is changing the computer world and Intel is leading the charge with their 750 Series SSD's. $400 is not much to change your computing experience in a massive way. We feel that Intel's newest SSD is necessity for any hardcore enthusiast and we are confident that you will be happy you spent your hard-earned money on one.

 

Pros:

 

  • Highest in class IOPS
  • Extensive compatibility
  • Reasonably priced

 

Cons:

 

  • Form factor

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance97%
Quality including Design and Build98%
General Features96%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money96%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: For most consumers, the 400GB Intel 750 is priced within reach, and for most enthusiasts, the 400GB 750 SSD will provide slightly better OS performance than the 1.2TB version.

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