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Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD Review - the Skulltrail of SSDs?

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 5:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Intel

Intel 730 Series SSD




Here we get our first look at the new 730 Series with its full enterprise to consumer symbolism. Personally, I like the look. Now, if we could get some David Hunt edition, unlocked 12-core Xeons to go with an array of 730 drives.




Intel lists the serial, model and part numbers on the back of the drive.




Although not recommended for notebook use, the 7mm z-height form factor means the 730 Series will fit in height restricted Ultrabooks.






Inside we found 16 NAND flash packages, two DRAM packages and an Intel controller. At the top of this image, you can also see the two host power loss protection capacitors.




This product has several surface mount components on both sides of the PCB.




We haven't seen an Intel controller for the consumer market for a few years. Intel first chose Marvell for the 510 Series and later SandForce for 520 and 530 at the flagship level. The 530 Series may be the shortest run Intel SSD to date, it seems like I just finished the review a few weeks ago. The performance was less than the 520 it replaced, SF-2200 works with 20nm flash but not as well as it does with 25nm flash.




25nm flash is long gone. Intel started using 20nm NAND flash early 2013.



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