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Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review (Page 3)

By Jon Coulter on May 9, 2018 10:00 am CDT
Rating: 100%Manufacturer: Intel

Jon's Consumer PCIe SSD Review Z270 Test System Specifications

Jon's Consumer PCIe SSD Review Z370 Test System Specifications

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We would like to thank ASRock, Crucial, Intel, Corsair, RamCity, IN WIN, and Seasonic for making our test systems possible.

Drive Properties

Intel Optane SSD 905P AIC PCIe NVMe SSD OS Disk 75% Full - Z370 Patched

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Intel Optane SSD 905P AIC PCIe NVMe SSD OS Disk 75% Full - Z270 Unpatched

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The majority of our testing is performed with the test subject as our boot volume. Our boot volume is 75% full for all OS Disk "C" drive testing to replicate a typical consumer OS volume implementation. We feel that most of you will be utilizing your SSDs for your boot volume and that presenting you with results from an OS volume is more relevant than presenting you with empty secondary volume results.

System settings: Cstates and Speed stepping are both disabled in our systems BIOS. Windows High-Performance power plan is enabled. We are utilizing Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS (Build 14393) for unpatched testing and Build 16299 for patched testing except for our MOP (Maxed-Out Performance) benchmarks where we switch to Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit. Empty Windows 10 benchmark screenshots will also be shown on our MOP page.

With spectre/meltdown exploits a concern for many of our readers, we will be showing results both patched and unpatched. Patching for the exploits causes a performance decline that is significant in some cases, so we decided to show performance both patched and unpatched. None of our comparison SSDs were tested on a patched system. Additionally, we decided to show our readers with Intel's X299 platform some love by running some Win 10 (unpatched) MOP benches on our X299 test system.

Please note: When comparing our results to those of other review sites, look at page 10 Maxed Out Performance-Windows 10 which is done with the disk empty.

Benchmark screenshots will be shown Z370 patched, followed by Z270 unpatched. We verified that both test systems produce identical results when patched or unpatched. The exception is SYSmark where Z370 delivers a higher total score than Z270.

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Jon Coulter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jon Coulter

Jon Coulter became a computer enthusiast about the time Windows XP launched. Originally Jon was into water cooling and competitively benching ATI video cards with modified drivers. Jon has been building computer systems for himself and others by request for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted his system with an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

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