Intel SSD 760p 512 GB Review 13

Intel SSD 760p 512 GB Review

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Introduction

Intel Logo


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
Brand:Intel
Model:SSDPEKKW512G8XT
Controller:Intel customized SMI SM2262
Flash:Intel 3D TLC
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DRAM:512 MB
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
Firmware:001C
Warranty:5 years

Packaging and Contents

Package Front


The Drive

SSD Front
SSD Back

The drive uses the M.2 2280 form factor, which means it is 22 mm wide and 80 mm long.

SSD Interface Connector

Like most M.2 NVMe SSDs, the Intel 760p uses a PCIe x4 3.0 interface.

SSD Teardown PCB Front
SSD Teardown PCB Back

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.

SSD Controller

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.

SSD Flash Chips

The flash chips are 64-layer 3D TLC NAND, produced by IMFT (the flash joint venture between Intel and Micron).

Test Setup

Test System SSD 2018.1
CPU:Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz
(Kaby Lake, 8 MB Cache)
Motherboard:MSI Z270 SLI Plus
Intel Z270
Memory:16 GB DDR4-3200 16-16-16-36
Cooling:CRYORIG C7
Graphics:Intel Integrated
Software:Windows 10 64-bit Creators Update

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