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Intel 600p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 12:16 am
TweakTown Rating: 70%Manufacturer: Intel



Version and / or Patch Used: 3.0 Technical Preview


CrystalDiskMark is disk benchmark software that allows us to benchmark 4K and 4K queue depths with accuracy. Note: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 Technical Preview was used for these tests since it offers the ability to measure native command queuing at QD4. When evaluating CDM results, we focus on 4K random performance at QD1 and QD4.






With this version of CDM, Sequential performance is measured at QD1 which is the reason sequential rates are lower than Intel's quoted numbers which are measured at QD32. We can look to our MOP testing results to see that we have no issues in meeting Intel's quoted sequential speeds at QD32 with newer versions of CDM. Focusing in on random read performance at QD1 and QD4 reveals SATA like performance that is on the low-end even for SATA-based SSDs. This indicates that for the most part, as an OS disk, the 600p will not deliver a user experience that is as good as a well performing SATA SSD.




Overall, this chart shows that the 600p is a bit out of place at the NVMe party. However, when we focus in on random performance at QD1 and QD4, the 600p can hold its own.






Version and / or Patch Used: 1.8.5611.39791


AS SSD determines the performance of SSDs. The tool contains four synthetic as well as three practice tests. The synthetic tests are to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. We evaluate AS SSD performance in terms of overall score.






AS SSD is a demanding test which proves to be quite crippling for the 600p. The 128GB model is scoring far lower than most SATA SSDs. The 256GB model scores a few points more than top-performing SATA SSDs, and the 512GB model exceeds upper-level SATA performance by a few hundred points.


With AS SSD, we are looking for a minimum total score of about 2,400 from an NVMe SSD.

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