In­tel 800P Op­tane SSD: Bleed­ing-edge pain with­out the bleed­ing-edge gain

We love the po­ten­tial of Op­tane, but cur­rent prod­ucts aren’t com­pet­i­tive price- or ca­pac­ity-wise with Nand-based of­fer­ings.

PCWorld (USA) - - Reviews - BY JON L. JA­COBI

In­tel’s Op­tane SSD 800P, like pre­vi­ous Op­tane prod­ucts, boasts best-in-class longevity and very fast ran­dom ac­cess. But the rest of its per­for­mance num­bers are mun­dane at best, it’s only avail­able in two very small ca­pac­i­ties, and the price is, ahem, up there.

Even die-hard early adopters will ex­pe­ri­ence some sticker shock pay­ing $129 for 58GB or $199 for 118GB, or $2.22 and $1.68 per gi­ga­byte, re­spec­tively. Com­pared to the other NVME drives in our SSD buy­ing guide ( go.pc­world.com/sdbg), which av­er­age around 50 cents per gi­ga­byte, the 800P is over-priced and un­der-pow­ered. Af­ter the light­ning-fast In­tel 900P ( go. pc­world.com/o900) we re­cently re­viewed (cur­rently $600 on Newegg [ go.pc­world. com/600n]), it’s a real dis­ap­point­ment.

DE­SIGN AND SPECS

We tested the 58GB ver­sion of the M.2, PCIE/NVME 800P. Both ca­pac­i­ties ship in the com­mon 2280 (22 mil­lime­ters across, 80 mm long) form fac­tor. There’s not a lot we can tell

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