Intel Unleashes 3D NAND Onslaught With Six New SSDs For Consumer And Enterprise Markets

Intel has been relatively quiet on the solid state drive (SSD) front lately, though the company has likely been devoting a lot time and resources to its upcoming 3D XPoint storage architecture. However today, the company has unleashed a flood of new SSD products that cover a broad spectrum of usage scenarios.

All of the new SSD products make use of 3D NAND, while the cheapest of them can be had for less than $100. First up is the SSD 600p Series, which is offered in four capacities ranging from 128GB on up to 1TB, and is targeted at consumer desktops and notebooks. The SSDs are available in the M.2 form-factor, with the entry-level 128GB model offering sequential reads and writes of up to 770 MB/sec and 450 MB/sec respectively. Random read and write IOPS are listed at 35,000 and 91,000 respectively. However, at higher densities, with the multi-channel 1TB model, sequential reads and writes jump to 1,800 MB/sec and 560 MB/sec respectively, while random reads/writes are capped at 155,000/128,000.

Intel SSD 600p Series

The 128GB SSD 600p will set you back $69, while the big boy 1TB model rings in at $359 - not too shabby at .36 per GiB.

The SSD Pro 6000p Series, which is aimed at business-class desktops and notebooks, offers largely the same performance as the mainstream SSD 600p series, but is better suited to integrated with Intel Core vPro-based machines (it also supports features like remote erase).


For those that crave high-speed storage in the data center space, Intel has also introduced the DC P3520 and DC S3520 Series SSDs. Intel actually announced the DC P3520 back in March, but was mum on the performance specs. This time around Intel is revealing that the DC P3520 Series will come in 2.5-inch and PCIe half-height card form-factors. Available in 450GB to 2TB capacities, the range-topping 2TB model offers random reads/writes of 1,700 MB/sec and 1,350 MB/sec respectively. Not to be left out, the DC S3520 Series (150GB to 1.6TB capacities) is being aimed at data center customers that are “making the initial transition to SATA SSDs from HDDs.”

And for customers that would like to add SSDs to their IoT devices, Intel has the SSD E 6000p (PCIe M.2) and SSD E 5420s Series (SATA). The former supports Core vPro processors and is target at point-of-sale systems and digital signs. The latter is aimed at helping customers ease the transition from HDDs to SSDs in IoT applications.

DC S3520 Series

“Intel is uniquely positioned to address multiple market segments simultaneously from consumer to business, Internet of Things and data center,” said Intel’s Bill Leszinske, Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning. “This broad array of new 3D NAND SSDs expands the reach of PCIe solutions and offers a cost effective replacement for traditional Hard Disk Drives, helping customers accelerate user experiences, improve the performance of apps and services and reduce IT costs.”