INTEL SSD 750 SERIES
The Intel SSD 750 Series can best be summarized as the consumer version of the enterprise-focused SSD DC P3700 SSD. It was one of the first PCIebased SSDs to support the wide and fast PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and also the NVMe protocol. NVMe (or Non-Volatile Memory Express) was developed expressly for PCIe-based SSDs, and supersedes the old AHCI protocol, with the goal to improve storage performance.
The SSD 750 Series is available in two form factors: a standard half-height half-length add-in card, and also a 2.5-inch form factor that utilizes the new U.2 connector. A note about U.2 connectors; they are only found on selected motherboards, so you may need an M.2 to U.2 connector if you do opt for the 2.5-inch form factor. The add-in card version features a large and chunky silver heatsink that covers the entire length of the PCB board, whereas the 2.5-inch version looks like a thicker version of any other SATA-based SSD.
Since the Intel SSD 750 Series is based heavily on the SSD DC P3700, it is not surprising to see the same mega 18-channel Intel CH29AE41AB0 controller as its enterprise counterpart. This controller is Intel’s own design and its 18 NAND channels give it a huge advantage over most client-grade SSD controllers, which only have an 8-channel design. However, one feature notably missing is support for hardware encryption.
While the controller is likely to offer better performance, it also suffers from high power consumption. According to figures from Intel, active and idle power draw for the smaller 400GB model can be as high as 12W and 4W, respectively, with no support for DevSlp. In comparison, most SSDs with support for DevSlp can have idle power consumption figures as low as 3mW.
The NAND in use in the SSD 750 Series is Micron’s 20nm MLC NAND. The SSD 750 Series is available in 400GB, 800GB and 1.2TB capacities. The reason for these unconventional capacities is because a large amount of NAND is dedicated to over-provisioning.
The drive comes with a half-height installation bracket, a CD containing Intel’s own NVMe driver, and also Intel’s SSD Toolbox utility. This utility lets users monitor and check on the drives’ status and also quickly update its firmware when they become available. No cloning utility is provided.
Take note, the Intel SSD 750 Series uses a U.2 connector.