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.
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