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.
- Highest in class IOPS
- Extensive compatibility
- Reasonably priced
- Form factor
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||96%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
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.
PRICING: You can find the Intel Solid-State Drive 750 Series SSDPEDMW400G4R5 400GB PCI-Express 3.0 MLC 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 400GB retails for $389.99 at Amazon.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and 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 Volume) - Max IOPS, Disk 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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