Intel’s latest Optane 905P SSD is the fastest SSD ever made, super pricey too

Intel’s latest solid state drive featuring 3D Xpoint technology is the company’s fastest yet.

Intel Optane 905P SSD

Intel has been going from strengths to strengths. After recently reporting their financial results for Q1 2018 breaking last year’s revenue records, Intel has launched what is its fastest Solid state drive (SSD) till date, the Optane 905P

Optane SSD: Key Specifications of 905P SSD

The Intel Optane 905P SSD is not only Intel’s fastest SSD ever, but it’s also the fastest consumer-oriented storage device ever made. It owes this speed to its new 3D XPoint technology memory. Intel says their latest offering is designed for the most demanding storage workloads in client systems, delivering high random read/write performance coupled with ultra-low latency and Industry-leading endurance figures. The Intel Optane SSD 905P supports sequential read/write speeds up to 2600 MB/s and 2200 MB/s, respectively, and Random 4K read/write speeds of 575,000/550,000 IOPS (Input/output operations per second). It also features an industry-leading 10 DWPD, making the SSD 905P the highest endurance client SSD in the market today. And if you’re still not impressed, it comes with these cool LED lights which will help light up your PC (and hopefully, your day).

Optane SSD: Storage and Features

Intel announced two new products in the Optane SSD family. The 960GB drive (shown above) comes in the add-in card (AIC) form factor and has those two super-cool looking LED strips on each side of the heatsink. You can change the LED color to Red or Green through the Intel SSD Toolbox app, but surprisingly, there is no simple push button in the User Interface. Instead, you have to toggle the colour with a command line entry. We sure hope that Intel will add the feature to the GUI with an update to make it easier to toggle and adjust the lights. There is also an option to turn the LEDs off, but nobody’s going to seriously do that, right? The 480GB model doesn’t have these amazing LEDs, but it does boast of the same Optane performance in the smaller 2.5-inch U.2 form factor.

Optane SSD: Pricing

The fastest SSD ever made is also the most costliest ever, no surprises there. The 480GB 905P U.2 drive is priced at $599 (roughly Rs. 40,000), and the 960GB model comes in at an astronomical price tag of $1299 (~INR 88,000) making it Intel’s most expensive non-enterprise SSD.

It’ll take some (a lot) time for any of your general tasks to ever push the 905P to its computing limits but it’s sure to prove itself worth every penny.

Stay tuned for our in-depth coverage and review of the Intel Optane 905P SSD.

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