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Intel SSD 660p SSD Review - Consumer QLC Debut

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 7, 2018 7:00 pm

Real-World Performance Testing

 

Game Load Time

 

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We start our real-world application coverage with the Final Fantasy: Stormblood game level load benchmark. The test shows just how strong the new SSD 660p is in consumer applications. The 1TB 660p load the game levels faster than the Samsung 970 Pro by .2 seconds and is over 1 second faster than the previous generation 6-Series from Intel.

 

PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth

 

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The new 660p uses a similar dynamic SLC cache as the Adata SX8200. Most of the SM2262 SSDs uses a different variation in cache and over-provisioning to force the drives to perform better at different tasks. The 660p is slightly better in our ten-application summary of performance using a wide range of real-world software.

 

The 660p is much faster than the 600p it replaces, but it's also slightly faster than the Samsung 970 EVO and SanDisk Extreme Pro NVMe.

 

PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test

 

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The sequential steady-state test already displayed the 660p's low performance outside of the SLC buffer. The PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test shows us how the drives recover after a forced steady-state condition. The 660p doesn't recover as fast as most of the other drives so running the drive nearly full and writing a lot of data will impact the user experience.

 

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The disk busy time portion of the test shows us how the compounding latency forces the drive to work for much longer than the products with TLC and MLC technology.

 

 

SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests

 

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Under a business-focused workload, the Intel SSD 660p delivers system responsiveness similar to a Samsung 850 EVO. This test using the BAPCo SYSmark 2014 SE software uses business applications to run a day's worth of office work.

 

The software also measures overall system power consumption over time. The SSD 660p shows strong efficiency in our testing.

 

Notebook Battery Life

 

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In our Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook, the 1TB 660p delivers three hours and twenty minutes of on-battery time running BAPCo's MobileMark 2012 1.5 software. This software suite also uses a typical office style workload to work through in a loop.

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