In­tel 800P Op­tane SSD

PCWorld (USA) - - Reviews -

4K reads, but pegs the 800P as a fast sus­tained writer, dis­agree­ing with both AS SSD and our 20GB copy tests, which ap­pear next.

While sus­tained trans­fer isn’t the 800P’s strong suit, we were just a tad sur­prised that it didn’t do a bet­ter in our real-world 20GB copy tests (see blue bars be­low/shorter bars are bet­ter). The slow write time puts this test in agree­ment with AS SSD and in con­flict with Crys­tald­iskmark.

It’s not un­usual for Crys­tald­iskmark to show fast sus­tained writes where other tests do not. For some rea­son, it never works out­side of the cache, even when a 32GB data set is em­ployed. We’ve found it ac­cu­rate in all other re­gards but this. Trust the copy tests.

PROS BOT­TOM LINE

In spite of its high price, the pre­vi­ously re­viewed 900P, with its stel­lar per­for­mance and vir­tual life­time guar­an­tee, is a tempt­ing buy for en­thu­si­asts. The 800P, on the other hand, is most de­cid­edly not. In pricey RAID com­bi­na­tions, its longevity might make good sense in the cor­po­rate world, but that’s not our realm of ex­per­tise.

The av­er­age user will be much bet­ter served by Nand-based NVME drives, which are far cheaper, will de­liver sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter all-around per­for­mance, and of­fer enough ca­pac­ity for a world where dig­i­tal stuff is ever-ex­pand­ing in size. • Fast with non-queued small file reads • Out­stand­ing longevity

CONS

• Slow sus­tained writes for an NVME drive • Four times the cost of the Nand-based

com­pe­ti­tion

BOT­TOM LINE

In­tel’s Op­tane tech­nol­ogy shows prom­ise and scales well, but it’s four times the price and doesn’t of­fer the ca­pac­ity of Nand-based so­lu­tions. While we rated the 800P at 3 stars, that’s with the av­er­age user in mind. It would rate higher as a cor­po­rate so­lu­tion, where its mar­velous longevity would come into play.

$129

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