When you think of an NVMe SSD, there is a certain expected level of performance that comes to mind. Right off the bat, you know that an NVMe SSD should be faster than any SATA SSD. It is not unreasonable to assume that even an entry-level NVMe SSD will deliver performance that puts SATA to shame. After all, we've experienced nothing less to this point. We have to look no further than Samsung's 960 EVO to see that even with a TLC flash array, NVMe SSDs are capable of delivering performance that is vastly superior to that of any SATA SSD.
SSD vendors like to toss around sequential numbers as indicative of how well an SSD will perform. This is effective, because, for the most part, sequential numbers are indeed all that the consumer will see when considering making that purchase. This line of reasoning will have you thinking that the 600p is 3x faster than a SATA SSD. It will boot 3x faster etc. Except for certain corner-case scenarios, this could not be further from reality. We feel that most users will utilize their SSDs as their OS disk, which is why we focus on moderate workloads, low QD random performance, transfer rates, and overall user experience when evaluating an SSD.
If you are expecting Intel's 600p to give your PC a notable boost in user experience, that's just not going to happen, unless you are unfortunate enough to be using a mechanical disk. We will go as far as to say we would choose a good SATA SSD over the 600p any day of the week. Why would we want to waste PCIe lanes on an SSD that doesn't deliver performance that is any better than what you will get from a SATA SSD?
You want to install a game? You want to transfer large blocks of data like movies etc.? Do you want a great user experience? If your answer is yes, then there are far better options out there even when the price is factored into the equation.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||80%|
|Bundle and Packaging||70%|
|Value for Money||70%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||70%|
The Bottom Line: Price alone isn't enough to earn a TweakTown recommendation. Performance matters and Intel's 600p fails to deliver anything compelling.
PRICING: You can find the Intel 600p 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD 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 600p 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD retails for $195 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Intel 600p 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD retails for £168 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & Drive Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks – ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (OS) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - IOPS, Response & Transfer Rate]
- 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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