Intel SSD DC P3700 NVMe PCIe Review

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Our Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary: Intel made summarizing the 800GB SSD DC P3700’s performance incredibly easy for us. Quite simply, this drive offers impressive performance across the board. The Intel SSD DC P3700 put up the highest number of 4K random IOPS we have seen to date, while also offering impressive transfer rates and very low latency. The Intel SSD DC P3700’s performance was best during more taxing workloads, but even with relatively modest client workloads, the drive outpaced everything else we’ve tested. Though this is Intel’s first NVMe-based product, the benefits of the interface are clear right out of the gate. The Intel SSD DC P3700 is one heck of a high performer.


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We have seen pricing on some high-end PCIe-based solid state drives hit the stratosphere, and looking back at its performance relative to competing solutions, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the price of the Intel SSD DC P3700 did too. Intel seems to be aggressively pricing the new SSD DC P3x00 series drives, however. We don’t have street pricing just yet, but the 400GB SSD DC P3700’s MSRP is $1207. The P3600’s is $783. And the P3500’s is $599. Those numbers equate to per GB costs of about $3.00 (P3700), $1.95 (P3600), and $1.50 (P3500), which puts the expected price of the 800GB drive we tested right around the $2400. That’s not cheap for 800GB of storage, by any means, but keep in mind we looked at the top-of-the-line, enterprise-class part. Performance of the much more affordable P3500 series shouldn’t be that far off, and at under $600 for a 400GB drive, we know some of you will be interested. Even still, $3 a gigabyte for a drive that offers the kind of performance and features of the Intel SSD DC P3700 is highly competitive.

Ultimately, we can’t help but be impressed by the Intel SSD DC P3700. The drive offers cutting-edge technology, with impressive performance, and at a competitive price in its market segment. There’s not much more you can ask for.

  • Excellent Performance
  • No SATA Bottleneck
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Competitively Priced, But Still Pricey At The High End


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