Intel today released their mainstream answer to users' fast, NVMe-based storage needs, the SSD 760p. We've already covered
this new consumer, mainstream SSD series in our news pieces
; however, information and press decks have now come directly from Intel, allowing us a clearer picture of how Intel sees its products to fit into the consumer market - and hopefully, in consumer's choices.
The Intel SSD 760p series features the company's own 64-layer, TLC 3D NAND, which Intel claims is more advanced than the competition's, offering up to 20% areal density, and increased GB per wafer (which should theoretically translate to lower costs for end users). Intel is quoting performance that's up to 2x faster than the company's previous SSD 600p, while consuming just half of that series' power, and offering NVMe performance at near-SATA pricing. These will come in the M.2 form-factor in capacities ranging from 128 GB to 2 TB, offer up to 3,230 MB/s sequential read and 1,625 MB/s sequential writes, with up to 340K IOPS Random Read performance and up to 275K IOPS Random Write.
The overall tech community reception to Intel's launch - both performance and price-wise - seems to be pretty warm, for one thing. For now, only the 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB versions' pricing is known to the public, and these will go for $74, $109, and $199 respectively, which really does amount to a good deal.