Intel introduced their 750 Series solid state drives last year. Back then and even now not many people know what NVMe is. NVMe stands for Non-Volatile Memory Express and it is a protocol that has been designed from the ground up to capitalize on the low latency and internal parallelism of flash-based storage devices, mirroring the parallelism of contemporary CPUs, platforms and applications. NVMe reduces latency and allows for more transactions per second, which will increase application performance. NVMe is also uses less CPU power than AHCI, this means you have more CPU cycles for other activities. Intel’s 750 Series were the first solid state drives available to consumers to make use of this technology. Today we will be looking at the lowest capacity drive is the series, which is 400GB. It boasts sequential read and write speeds of up to 2200 MB/s and 900 MB/s respectively. That is quite impressive, let’s take a look!
Special thanks to Intel for providing the 750 Series 400GB NVMe Solid State Drive to review.
The Intel 750 Series comes in Intel’s typical retail packaging that we’ve seen them use in many of their retail products. On the front there is a picture of the drive and it lets us know we have the 400GB version, the drive also comes in 800GB and 1.2 TB versions.
Flipping over to the back we have information about the drive and there is a list of specifications, we can see that both the 400 / 800 GB versions offer the same speeds.
Getting everything out of the box we have the Intel 750 Series solid state drive itself, a half-height PCI-Express bracket and a CD that contains the warranty and NVMe driver.