Intel 760p Series SSD review

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Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel

I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on this particular Intel 760p SSD for some time now. It’s a high-end SSD that’s priced at a more reasonable level than its competitor, the Samsung 830 Series. So far, we’ve seen a few of these SSDs hit the market and they have been of good quality. That is, as good as a fast SSD can be. The Intel 760p series SSD, on the other hand, is a bit different. It’s the first high-end SSD that has a 12GB NAND package, and it’s also the first to offer a SATA 6GB/s interface.

The Intel 760p SSD is built on a SandForce SF-2281 controller with a NAND package from SanDisk that is 64-layer 3D NAND. The controller has 8 channels, which are each 512MB in size, and each channel has 4 flash dies. The controller also has an onboard memory buffer that holds the data temporarily.

With a maximum capacity of 1TB, this SSD is pretty large for a single drive. However, it has been designed to support a multitude of drives that will be plugged in at one time. For instance, if you have a RAID 5 set, you’ll be able to connect up to 4 of these SSDs. The 760p also supports up to 8GB of cache per channel, which can be used for system memory or to speed up data transfer.

Intel 760p Series SSD: Features

intel 760p series ssd

With Intel’s 760p Series SSDs, the company’s new 64-layer 3D NAND technology is used that offers twice the density of the previous generation’s 32-layer NAND. Due to this doubling of density, Intel promises its new drives will be nearly twice as fast and more energy-efficient than before.

The 512GB 760p Series has a sequential read speed of 3,230 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 1,625 MB/s. The sequential read and write speeds of the 512GB Intel SSD 600p are 1,775 MB/s and 560 MB/s, respectively.

Furthermore, it gives Samsung’s 960 Evo SSDs a run for their money. Despite Samsung’s NVMe drive’s higher sequential read and write speeds, it’s also more expensive at $229 (£223, AU$315) for a 500GB capacity unit.

BENCHMARKS

  • Crystaldisk Mark (Sequential) Read: 3,056.6 MB/s Write: 1,606.6 MB/s
  • Crystaldisk Mark (Random) Read: 384.3 MB/s; Write: 322 MB/s
  • ATTO Benchmark (Sequential) Read: 2,843 MB/s; Write: 1,617 MB/s

Intel 760p Series SSD: Performance

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We measured sequential read and write speeds of 3,056.6 MB/s and 1,606.6 MB/s for the 512GB Intel 760p Series SSD during our testing. Despite not quite meeting the promised speeds, we expect performance to only improve with more driver updates.

In comparison, the Samsung 960 Evo is still faster, with sequential read and write speeds of 3394.9% and 1949.3%, respectively. However, you’ll also have to pay more for the increased speed

In addition, the Intel 760p Series SSD boasts high-speed read performance that makes it an excellent storage device for gaming. We were able to play resource-intensive, open-world games like Assassin’s Creed Origins with incredible load times for Windows 10 as well.

Video editors might not like the drive’s slightly sluggish write speeds, so we recommend the Samsung 960 Pro, which has much faster 2,100 MB/s sequential write speeds.

Intel 760p Series SSD: Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Affordably No 1TB or 2TB capacities yet
Blazing quick read speeds Slightly sluggish write speeds

Verdict

The Intel 760p Series SSDs are the brand’s first NVMe-capable solid-state drives. Usually, we don’t see such a significant jump in storage speed.

In addition, the price is extremely affordable.

With the 512GB unit, we reviewed on sale for $199 (about £140, AU$250) it’s almost an obvious buy for the modern PC builder. For $109 (about £80, AU$140), it’s also an easy choice. Hopefully, this pricing trend will continue to a 1TB model that costs well under 400 dollars.