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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

Drive Details - Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 AIC SSD

 

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In typical Intel fashion, the drive ships in an attractive, protective package. The front of the mostly blue box lists the drive model, capacity and sports a depiction of the drive within.

 

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The back of the blue colored packaging lists sequential and random 4k performance specifications, model and serial number of the drive contained within.

 

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Here are the contents. The drive is well protected inside a clear plastic clamshell container. Included is a half-height bracket and a CD with warranty information and Intel's proprietary NVMe driver.

 

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The AIC version of the 750 series SSD we are reviewing has a full-length aluminum heat sink that covers the top half of a single PCB. There are aluminum channels and fins covered by a thin sheet aluminum facing emblazoned with an Intel logo, a trademark swoop and the model of the drive.

 

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The bottom of the drives PCB is shielded by a piece of sheet aluminum. Removing the sheet metal shield exposes the bottom half of the drive's PCB. The half of the PCB we exposed is populated with 18-BGA packaged flash chips and two DDR3 1600MHz CL11 DRAM packages. We tried to remove the heat sink, but that was a no-go; even with the screws removed, the heat sink was still firmly attached so we did not force the issue. The unseen half of the PCB is populated by a single proprietary Intel PCIe controller in a 9-channel configuration, an additional (18) 20nm Flash IC's and three more DRAM packages.

 

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Looking down through the middle channel of the heat sink and under the sheet aluminum facing, we can get a glimpse of an additional heat sink that dissipates heat generated by the drive's controller. Intel recommends a minimum airflow of 100LF per minute pass through these channels to keep the drive cooled.

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