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Intel DC P3608 1.6TB Enterprise PCIe NVMe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 23, 2015 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Intel

Final Thoughts

 

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The Intel SSD DC P3608 Series NVMe SSD on eight lanes of PCIe 3.0 is Intel's most powerful datacenter SSD. The progression to an eight-lane Gen 3 NVMe PCIe card is a natural one because current high-end enterprise SSDs are capable of exceeding the available bandwidth of four-lane PCIe Gen 3. The DC P3608 has indeed brought with it a new level of performance.

 

 

We like the versatility that a dual controller architecture brings to the table, and what we like the most about it is the speed available when both internal SSDs become aggregated into an RSTe NVMe RAID 0 volume. As fast as storage has become, it is still invariably the system bottleneck. During a pre-release press briefing, Intel representatives stated that the P3608 is already being utilized in high-performance computing applications. Intel stated that clients have reported that the DC P3608 is the fastest flash-based storage device they have ever used. After testing the drive for ourselves, we tend to agree.

 

As we ran the DC P3608 through our enterprise test suite, we were able to match or exceed Intel's performance specifications. It was not without a little trial and error, though. We quickly found out that if you plan on hitting 850,000 4K random read IOPS in a steady state and want to do it with less than 90% CPU utilization, you are going to need more than eight CPU cores. We ended up utilizing a 16 core Xeon E5 2698 V3 to get the job done. With 32 CPU threads available, the DC P3608 was totally unleashed as you can tell from our nearly one million IOPS test run with 43% CPU utilization.

 

Overall, we are blown away by the performance the P3608 can generate. The drive is quite literally a game changer. The DC P3608 is more than just a performance powerhouse; it's an Intel SSD which means it is built with the very best quality and engineered for reliability that is second to none. The DC P3608 1.6 TB is set to retail for $3509, which is an outstanding value for an enterprise SSD with this level of performance, reliability, and endurance.

 

Pros:

 

  • Highest in class performance
  • Versatility
  • Data Protection Scheme

 

Cons:

 

  • High CPU utilization with eight-core CPUs

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance98%
Performance Consistency98%
General Features95%
Value for Money95%
Quality, Design, Build and Warranty95%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: Intel ups the bar for performance in the enterprise space. The DC P3608's dual controller architecture gives the end-user more options than ever before.

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