Intel 750 Series Review 2016
Intel 750 PCIe SSD Series Review 2016
- Enough capacity for pretty much anyone’s needs – 400GB, 800GB and 1.2TB available
- High transfer speeds – one of the highest in the field
- 5 year warranty and Intel quality standards
- Small Form Factor version with U.2 connector available
- Relatively Expensive
- Works only on Windows (Win 7 and up)
- U.2 connectors are relatively rare at the moment, making the 2.5 inch drive useless to most customers
You can find all the specifications and full product descriptions on the Intel homepage Here. These drives were the cause of a huge customer demand for a more client-friendly version of the P3500 drives. The 3700 were one of the first PCIe drives and were made for data centers, providing lots of speed and capacity for lots of money. Intel provided never before seen transfer speeds and the people wanted some for themselves. Thus the Intel 750 Series drives were born, optimized for client usage for slightly lower prices.The 800GB version was added a while after the other two came out and thus was not the focus of the project all the way through. This was probably the cause of the NAND layout in the drive not being optimal which resulted in lower performance than the other two drives. But the difference isn’t huge, so the 800GB drive is still a worthy member of the 750 Series family.
Intel 750 SSD Specifications:
Seq. write, MB/s
Seq. read, MB/s
Ran. Write, IOPS
Ran. Read, IOPS
PCIe Gen 3 x4 or U.2 connector
HHHL add-in card or 2.5 inch
Windows 7 and up
|Item model number|
9.3 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
|Item Dimensions L x W x H|
9.3 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
|Flash Memory Size|
Intel 750 Capacities and Price per GB
It’s obvious that all this power won’t come for free – the price can go up to 465$ for 400GB, 860$ for 800GB and up to 1230$ for the 1.2TB version. Price/GB for these prices is 1.16$/GB, 1.08$/GB and 1.03$/GB accordingly. Although it’s a noticeable investment, the price/GB isn’t that high when compared to other PCIe drives, which are also around the 1$ mark and a bit higher.
As it is a very powerful (and accordingly expensive) piece of hardware, it would be more suitable to enthusiasts or professionals (such as video editors or meteorologists) but if You just want to be a few years ahead of everyone else, then this drive is made just for You. But be careful as ithe 2.5 inch drive can turn out to be too futuristic for Your PC because of the U.2 (SFF-8639 – Small Form Factor) connector. If You have a free M.2 slot with connection to PCIe, it is possible to get an SFF-8643 to M.2 adapter and use it together with the U.2 connection cable that comes with the drive.
If You want something a bit different, we suggest checking out Kingston Hyper-X Predator, which has pretty much the same price/GB and provides speeds close to those of Intel 750 series. For more options check out our list of best PCIe SSDs.
Verdict: Intel 750 Review
The Intel 750 SSDs provide transfer speeds that only a couple other manufacturers have managed to beat (Kingston Hyper-X Predator, for example), but what makes it better is the combination of these speeds and high capacity. The high price can scare a lot of people away from this drive, but the price/GB is actually one of the lowest when compared to other PCIe drives (OCZ Revodrive, for example). Sadly, Mac users will have to wait for a major update or just find another drive.
The main pioneer in PCIe SSD field – Intel, have created this unbelievably powerful drive which combines huge capacity (up to 1.2TB!) with the high speeds of the PCIe port. On top of that, they have put even more of the future into their drives by creating the 2.5 inch form factor drive with a U.2 connector. Also with these drives comes the NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory express) interface, which helps provide even greater performance. Intel 750 definitely is one of the best and cheapest PCIe on the market right now.
Check out other Intel 750 Reviews for more specific information:
Intel SSD 750 review – Trustedreviews