Intel has been the leading company in the semiconductor industry for many years, so it's not surprising that they are an important manufacturer for SSDs, too, thanks to their partnership with Micron. The Intel SSD 760p was released earlier this year and is an M.2 PCIe x4 NVMe drive built around the combination of an SMI SSD controller and IMFT 3D TLC flash.
Unlike other recent M.2 SSDs, the Intel SSD 760p comes with DRAM on-board for higher performance. In terms of design, it's actually very similar to the ADATA SX8200 we reviewed not long ago.
Intel offers the 760p in capacities of 128 GB ($81), 256 GB ($84), 512 GB ($153, this review), 1 TB ($292), and 2 TB ($813). Warranty is set at five years for all these models.
|Specifications: Intel 760p 512 GB|
|Controller:||Intel customized SMI SM2262|
|Flash:||Intel 3D TLC|
|Endurance:||288 TB total bytes written|
|Form Factor:||M.2 2280|
|Capacity:||512 GB (476.9 GB usable)|
No additional overprovisioning
|Interface:||PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3|
|Device ID:||INTEL SSDPEKKW512G8|
Packaging and Contents
The drive uses the M.2 2280 form factor, which means it is 22 mm wide and 80 mm long.
Like most M.2 NVMe SSDs, the Intel 760p uses a PCIe x4 3.0 interface.
You will find the SSD controller and two flash chips on the PCB. Two DRAM chips are also present to provide the SSD controller with RAM and soak up write bursts.
The Silicon Motion SM2262 is an eight-channel flash controller with support for NVMe 1.3, TLC, and DDR3/DDR4 memory. Apparently, Intel has customized it in some way, as evident by the Intel logo and lack of the proper controller name.
The flash chips are 64-layer 3D TLC NAND, produced by IMFT (the flash joint venture between Intel and Micron).
|Test System SSD 2018.1|
|CPU:||Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz|
(Kaby Lake, 8 MB Cache)
|Motherboard:||MSI Z270 SLI Plus|
|Memory:||16 GB DDR4-3200 16-16-16-36|
|Software:||Windows 10 64-bit Creators Update|
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