Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB Review

Conclusion

Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB Review

Conclusion

As we said at the start, the Intel Optane SSD 900P is very much a proof of concept drive for very specific solution requirements, rather than a genuine contender as something you should put in your system.

Indeed our review is more about introducing you to the theory of Optane and its target capabilities than it is about reviewing this particular product, especially as we have other Optane drives which should be more suitable to our particular needs.

The primary change between the NAND we're used to seeing installed in Solid State Drives and the 3D XPoint utilised in the Intel 900P is its capability to handle huge request volumes at a low queue depth. You only need to glance at the Anvil IOPS graphs to realise how successful Intel have been in solving this challenge, particularly in the read department. If you run any form of home or small business server you are guaranteed to have a more productive time utilising this technology. Indeed very specific rendering tasks will also see a massive improvement in performance, allowing your workflow to be completed much faster than has previously been possible.

As we say though, you do have to have incredibly specific needs for the 900P to make financial sense. Whenever a new technology emerges there is always an early adopter cost involved due to the biblical research and development costs incurred by the refinement of the idea. The Optane 900P is no exception with a hefty price tag compared to other similarly sized drives. However, if you do find yourself a member of the necessary niche audience for the particular charms this drive has to offer then very little else will sate you, thus you have to accept the entry cost much like those who require enormous physical core counts accept that a premium Core i9 isn't the cheapest platform.

If, however, you just want a quick storage drive on a single user system then you don't really fit into the target market for this and other, more affordable and faster, options exist. That isn't to say that the Intel Optane 900P is a bad product, or slow, or anything negative at all. Merely that it is fitted to a particular set of requirements. Think of it like buying a tractor as a daily driver. It would be slower and more expensive than a regular vehicle, but if your daily drive included ploughing a field then it would be perfect in a manner that a regular Ford Mondeo wouldn't be. Only you know which side of the fence you sit and whether the Intel 900P fits your needs.

We will have another review of a model that promises to combine the blazing bandwidth we love with the high IOPS of the Optane technology in the near future, so keep a close eye on OC3D. 

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13-07-2018, 19:59:05

Excalabur50
Nice review Tom, I have the PCIE 900P and I like the drive yes it's expensive but when loading Star Citizen it comes into its own then, the other thing that I like is the drives longevity compared to other offerings, which only time will tell if that bares out.Quote

13-07-2018, 21:38:19

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
Nice review Tom, I have the PCIE 900P and I like the drive yes it's expensive but when loading Star Citizen it comes into its own then, the other thing that I like is the drives longevity compared to other offerings, which only time will tell if that bares out.
it's slow to load even on a SSD?Quote

13-07-2018, 22:55:03

Excalabur50
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
it's slow to load even on a SSD?
Not slow as in mechanical but SSD's are still not quite as good as the Optanes when it comes to loading SC but that'll improve over time when it comes out of alphaQuote

14-07-2018, 00:09:04

etaXdoa
...warranty void, if used in a multi-user, multi-CPU data center environment...

Is that not the envrionment the review says the drive is ideal for? Other reviews give the drive a recommend (price issues asside) due to the low queue depth performance making average PC use snappierQuote
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