Intel’s 760p NVMe SSD is the follow up to the companies first generation, a model that had a bigger price tag then spec. The new 760p comes with bold claims of not only having twice the performance and capacity of the 600p but it even uses with half the power consumption. Better yet, the 760p series retains the same entry-level SSD pricing model even though it sports up to 3,200 MB/s of throughput and 350,000 random read IOPS. Intel claims the 760p offers an amazing mix of performance and price, so this just might be the NVMe SSD we’ve been waiting for.
Intel has an established history of devices that work consistently, perform solidly, and, to tie it all together, come at a premium pricing. It’s not like Intel to release true value SSDs that undercut other companies on price, so it was surprising when Intel’s previous-generation 512GB 600p challenged the MyDigitalSSD BPX at the $200 price point. The 600p suffered from low performance, though, so Intel had to market it as a SATA replacement, not a performance drive.
The 600p’s performance issues stemmed from its utilization of a new type 3D NAND technology. We tested several SSDs with Intel’s inaugural 3D NAND, but regardless of the SSD controller, the drives suffered from high latency. The 3D NAND came from the IMFT (Intel/Micron Flash Technologies) joint venture, and thankfully, the second generation has improved drastically. We’ve tested several new SATA SSDs with the new 64-layer flash and performance has increased to class-leading levels.
The Intel SSD 760p is the first retail NVMe SSD we’ve tested with Intel’s new 64-layer flash. The low-overhead protocol should expose the true potential of the storage media by removing the bandwidth limitations of SATA.
Silicon Motion, Inc.’s new SSD controller is a key piece to the performance puzzle. The company has three different SM226x models that address different market segments. Intel’s 760p uses the SM2262, which is an upper mainstream variant that we never expected to see at these low price points. The entry-level SM2263XT HMB controller already impressed us even though it was designed it for DRAM-less SSDs. The Intel SSD 760p with the SM2262 should perform even better.