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Intel launches Optane SSD Series 900P for Desktops and Workstations

Intel launches Optane SSD Series 900P for Desktops and Workstations

Intel launched Optane SSD series 900P SSDs at CitizenCon, a community gathering of Roberts Space Industries’ StarCitizen players event, held in Frankfurt, Germany. The choice of location comes from a partnership between the game developer and Intel. The Optane SSD 900P ships with an exclusive in-game ship, the Sabre Raven. The ship comes with a special ability that ties in with Optane performance.

With a price per GB a little over twice that of the the fastest flash-based consumer SSDs, the Optane SSD 900P is an exclusive high-end product. For most desktop usage, drives like the 960 PRO are already fast enough to make storage no longer a severe bottleneck. The most noticeable delays due to storage performance on a 960 PRO are when moving around large files, and the Optane SSD doesn’t offer any significant improvement to sequential transfer speeds. Random writes can be a challenge for flash-based SSDs, but volatile write caches and SLC caches allow them to handle short bursts with very high performance. Not to overlook the virtual ship but the real story here is that enthusiasts and power users finally get to take a full bite of Optane technology rather than a sample size nibble.

Fast Load Times: With the unprecedented level of realism in Star Citizen*, you’ll want the responsive load times that the Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P delivers. Load rich textures and get fully immersed in deep space. Plus, the drive supports the seamless transitions you’re called on to make from in-space dogfighting to on-the-ground combat.

Rich Features: To best the always-expanding, rich and deep universe of Star Citizen, play on an Intel® Core® -based PC with the Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P. Higher content resolution means you can blast through Star Citizen’s richly detailed universe like never before.

Smooth Gaming: In the Star Citizen galaxy, you can’t afford lag time waiting for critical data and information. The Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P helps ensure you’re ready to respond and act quickly in the game’s crucial moments. The Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P comes with an Intel 5-year warranty for yet another level of protection in the Star Citizen universe.

FREE Sabre Raven Ship: Fly at quantum speeds. Purchase an Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P and claim the blazing fast, exclusive in-game Sabre Raven ship and free Star Citizen game while supplies last. Step in, begin the journey, and inhabit a world more immersive than ever before.

 

The Intel Optane SSD 900P will come to market in two capacity sizes, 280GB and 480GB. The series uses two form factors, 2.5″ U.2 and half-height, half-length add-in card (AIC). This will start to get confusing so look closely. The 280GB will have two 2.5″ models on launch day. One comes with a standard U.2 cable and the second comes with an M.2 to U.2 adapter cable. The 480GB will not ship in a 2.5″ form factor until a later date. It will ship in the add-in card form factor starting today.

Technical Specifications

Intel Optane SSD 900P AIC (280GB) $389.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 280GB
Form Factor: HHHL PCIe
Interface / Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 /NVMe
Controller: Intel EAU01D76 SLL3D
DRAM: None
NAND: Intel 3D XPoint
Sequential Read: 2500 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2000 MB/s
Random Read: 550000 IOPS
Random Write: 500000 IOPS
Encryption: ✗
Endurance: 10 DWPD
Product Number: SSDPED1D280GASX
Warranty: 5 Years

Intel Optane SSD 900P 2.5″ Std. Cable (280GB) $389.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 280GB
Form Factor: 2.5″ PCIe
Interface / Protocol: SFF-8639 / NVMe
Controller: Intel EAU01D76 SLL3D
DRAM: None
NAND: Intel 3D XPoint
Sequential Read: 2,500 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2,000 MB/s
Random Read: 550,000 IOPS
Random Write: 500,000 IOPS
Encryption: ✗
Endurance: 10 DWPD
Product Number: SSDPE21D280GASX
Warranty: 5 Years

Intel Optane SSD 900P M.2 to U.2 (280GB) $389.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 280GB
Form Factor: 2.5″ PCIe
Interface / Protocol: SFF-8639 / NVMe
Controller: Intel EAU01D76 SLL3D
DRAM: None
NAND: Intel 3D XPoint
Sequential Read: 2,500 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2,000 MB/s
Random Read: 550,000 IOPS
Random Write: 500,000 IOPS
Encryption: ✗
Endurance: 10 DWPD
Product Number: SSDPE21D280GASM
Warranty: 5 Years

Intel Optane SSD 900P (480GB) $599.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 480GB
Form Factor: HHHL PCIe
Interface / Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe
Controller: Intel EAU01D76 SLL3D
DRAM: None
NAND: Intel 3D XPoint
Sequential Read: 2,500 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2,000 MB/s
Random Read: 550,000 IOPS
Random Write: 500,000 IOPS
Encryption: ✗
Endurance: 10 DWPD
Product Number: SSDPED1D480GASX
Warranty: 5 Years

Intel Optane SSD 900P 2.5″ (480GB) $599.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 480GB
Form Factor: 2.5″ PCIe
Interface / Protocol: SFF-8639 / NVMe
Controller: Intel EAU01D76 SLL3D
DRAM: None
NAND: Intel 3D XPoint
Sequential Read: 2,500 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2,000 MB/s
Random Read: 550,000 IOPS
Random Write: 500,000 IOPS
Encryption: Hardware AES-256
Endurance: 30 DWPD
Product Number: N/A
Warranty: 5 Years

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X AIC (375GB) $1520.00
Capacity (Raw / User): 375GB
Form Factor: HHHL PCIe
Interface / Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe
Controller: Intel EAU01D76 SLL3D
DRAM: None
NAND: Intel 3D XPoint
Sequential Read: 2,400 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2,000 MB/s
Random Read: 550,000 IOPS
Random Write: 500,000 IOPS
Encryption: Hardware AES-256
Endurance: 30 DWPD
Product Number: SSDPED1K375GA01
Warranty: 5 Years

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X 2.5″ (375GB) $1520.00
Capacity (Raw / User): 375GB
Form Factor: 2.5″ PCIe
Interface / Protocol: SFF-8639 / NVMe
Controller: Intel EAU01D76 SLL3D
DRAM: None
NAND: Intel 3D XPoint
Sequential Read: 2,400 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2,000 MB/s
Random Read: 550,000 IOPS
Random Write: 500,000 IOPS
Encryption: Hardware AES-256
Endurance: 30 DWPD
Product Number: N/A
Warranty: 5 Years

Regardless of the form factor or capacity size, all Optane SSD 900P drives deliver up to 2,500 MBps sequential read and 2,000 MBps sequential write performance. This is lower than some of the other high-performance NVMe SSDs shipping today, but we will address that in the next section. The drives also deliver up to 550,000 random read and 500,000 random write IOPS performance. This is class leading performance, but there is more to the story.

3D XPoint memory performance is closer to the of DRAM than NAND used in SSDs. SSD marketing numbers show maximum performance that comes only at high queue depths. Most of us rarely surpass queue depth 4 and the faster the storage, the less likely you are to even build data requests. This memory addresses the problem with performance at usable workloads.

The move from hard disk drives to flash-based storage was a large performance leap. The next transition from SATA flash to NVMe flash was more of a stumble for many users. NVMe is excellent for complex workloads, but most users don’t take advantage of its capabilities. You wouldn’t intentionally change what you do on your PC to make your storage work harder.

Intel’s Optane 900P compared to a hard disk drive is like flying across the country compared to the previous incremental moves across the performance neighborhood. Even compared to high-speed NVMe SSDs, there is a significant increase using common workloads.

Credits: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-optane-ssd-900p-news,35785.html

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