Technology and gaming content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,609 Reviews & Articles | 60,911 News Posts

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review (Page 4)

Jon Coulter | May 9, 2018 at 10:00 am CDT - 2 mins, 52 secs time to read this page
Rating: 100%Manufacturer: Intel

ATTO

Version and / or Patch Used: 3.05

ATTO is a timeless benchmark used to provide manufacturers with data used for marketing storage products. When evaluating ATTO performance we focus on the drive's performance curve.

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 12 | TweakTown.com
Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 13 | TweakTown.com

Full performance is achieved at 32KB transfers. We can see that unpatched delivers significantly better small-file performance than patched.

Sequential Write

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 14 | TweakTown.com

Overall, Samsung's 970 EVO displays the best performance curve of the bunch. The 905P's unpatched performance curve is better than the 900P and the 905P tops out at a higher rate. Patched vs. unpatched performance is equal on the low-end and on the top end. The important middle-ground is where patched performance takes a big hit.

Sequential Read

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 15 | TweakTown.com

Overall, the 905P slightly outperforms the 900P, but both are edged out for the top spot by the 960 Pro. There are other SSDs in our test pool that achieve higher transfer rates on the top end, but their performance curve is inferior.

Anvil Storage Utilities

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1.0

Anvil's Storage Utilities is a storage benchmark designed to measure the storage performance of SSDs. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests; you can run a full test or just the read or write test, or you can run a single test, i.e. 4K QD16. When evaluating performance with Anvils, we focus on total score. When evaluating NVMe SSDs we are typically looking for a minimum total score of over 10K. We place a greater importance on read performance than write performance.

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 16 | TweakTown.com
Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 17 | TweakTown.com

Unpatched performance results in a net score of over 2K better than when patched.

Scoring

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 18 | TweakTown.com

The 905P delivers better overall performance than the 900P as evidenced by these results. Patched performance is significantly lower than unpatched, but its still far better than any of the non-Optane SSDs that comprise our test pool. Keep in mind that only the 905P is running on a patched system.

(Anvil) Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 19 | TweakTown.com
Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 20 | TweakTown.com

Unpatched; we are very close to matching factory max random read IOPS. With an OS and 75% full we can't quite get there at QD32.

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 21 | TweakTown.com

As this chart clearly demonstrates, Optane SSDs are in a class of their own when reading random data. We are seeing 5x the performance of our flash-based contenders at QD1. This is where performance matters most, and this is where Optane delivers like no other. Here again, we see the 905P outperforming the 900P.

(Anvil) Write IOPS through Queue Scale

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 22 | TweakTown.com
Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 23 | TweakTown.com

With a partition on the drive, random write IOPS at QD32 fall short of factory specs. We are seeing a more than 75K IOPS advantage for unpatched vs. patched. That may not sound like a lot with so many IOPS in play, but 75K is about a SATA SSD's worth of performance difference which is substantial.

Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review 24 | TweakTown.com

This is a tough one to call. The SanDisk Extreme Pro delivers the best low queue depth performance, the 970 EVO the best at queue depths above 4. Because we value low queue performance more than anything else, we give the win to the Extreme Pro. Keep in mind that while random write performance is important, it is not anywhere near as important as random read.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.

USUnited States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.com

UKUnited Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.co.uk

AUAustralia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.com.au

CACanada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.ca

DEDeutschland: Finde andere Technik- und Computerprodukte wie dieses auf Amazon.de

Jon Coulter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jon Coulter

Jon became a computer enthusiast when Windows XP launched. He was into water cooling and benching ATI video cards with modded drivers. Jon has been building computers for others for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

We openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here. Please contact us if you wish to respond.

Related Tags