IN­TEL SSD 750 SE­RIES

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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.

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