Intel 750 400GB PCI-E SSD

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Background on NVMe PCI-E SSDs

NVM Express, NVMe, or Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification (NVMHCI), is a specification for accessing solid-state drives (SSDs) attached through the PCI Express (PCIe) bus. NVM is an acronym for non-volatile memory, as used in SSDs.

Jon Bach (President)
Jon Bach (President) Says:
PCI-E based storage is downright amazing. The drive is much "closer" to the CPU from an electrical standpoint, making it MUCH faster and MUCH simpler. The cost is higher, but if it is within your budget, I highly recommend it. Look at the read and write specs carefully though, to make sure the one you pick is right for your workload. We can help.
Christopher Crader (Customer Support)
Christopher Crader (Customer Support) Says:
My one big fault with these drives is that it's common for boot times to actually increase with these. The drives are faster, but the boot firmware that loads on startup takes more time to come up than the time saved from the faster drive. If you're getting one of these for faster general performance, go for it. If you're getting one to boot faster, considered a SATA SSD.

Intel has been a reliable mainstay of our SSD line here at Puget Systems for many years, and their new DC 750 series are among the first NVM Express based SSDs aimed at consumer and workstation systems rather than servers. The direct PCI-Express 3.0 x4 connection these drives use allows for speeds far higher than the traditional SATA interface, and the DC 750 series is geared for the fastest performance. They can reach 2,200 MB/s maximum read speeds and 900 MB/s for writes. Another strength of these drives is in IOPS: up to 430,000 IOPS for random reads and 230,000 IOPS for writes.

Please note that these drives require a PCI-E 3.0 slot of x4 size or larger. Using an older PCI-E 2.0 slot reduces both read and write performance, with as much as a 40% drop in maximum read speeds.
William George (Customer Service)
William George (Customer Service) Says:
These drives are *amazingly* fast, but note that they need PCI-Express 3.0 in order to run at full speed. They also can only be used as boot drives on modern chipsets, like Z97 and X99. I would love to use one on my Z87 at home, but am out of luck (unless I wanted to just have it as a secondary drive).
John D. (Production Technician Lead)
John D. (Production Technician Lead) Says:
The Intel 750 PCI-E SSDs offer astonishing performance from a trusted brand. They do take up an expansion slot and the price isn't cheap, but for unparalleled speed, this is it.
Model: Intel SSDPEDMW400G4R5

Specifications:
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Capacity  400 GB
Interface  PCIe 3.0 x4
Form Factor  1/2 Height PCIe
Endurance (TBW)  219 TB
Performance
Sequential Read  2200 MB/s
Sequential Write  900 MB/s
Random 4KB Read  430000 IOPS
Random 4KB Write  230000 IOPS

Please note that using a PCI-E 3.0 x4 slot is required to achieve full performance. In our testing we have seen up to a 4% drop in write performance and a 40% drop in read performance by using PCI-E 2.0 x4 instead of PCI-E 3.0 x4.



  • Intel 750 400GB PCI-E SSD Drivers
    • 1.8.0.1011.zip
      Version 1.8.0.1011 Released 11/22/16
      For Win7_64, Win8_64, Win10_64, Svr2012_64
  • Intel 750 400GB PCI-E SSD Utility
    • SSD Toolbox
      • ssd340.zip
        Version 3.4.0 Released 10/31/16
        For Win7_64, Win8_64, Win10_64, Svr2012_64

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