Intel Solid State Drive DC S3500 Data Center SSD
Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The 480GB Intel SSD DC S3500 series drive we featured here offered very good performance throughout out testing. Read performance was competitive with all of the other drives we tested in all but the IOMeter benchmarks. Write performance, however, while good, wasn’t quite as high as some competing offerings in the majority of tests. Overall, we’d say the Intel SSD DC S3500’s performance is very similar to, though slightly lower than, the more expensive Intel SSD DC S3700, which is based on 25nm HET-MLC (High Endurance Technology – Multi-Level Cell) NAND.
Intel’s new DC S3500-series SSDs will be offered in capacities ranging from 80GB to 800GB, in both 2.5” and 1.8” inch form factors. 2.5” drives should be available immediately, but 1.8” models won’t ramp up for a few more weeks. All of the drives are accompanies by a 5-year warranty.
If you’ve priced out any of Intel’s previously-released, enterprise-class solid state drives when they launched, this is the point where you’re probably expecting us to reveal some relatively high prices for the Intel SSD DC S3500 series drives, but we won’t. In fact, Intel is pricing these drives fairly competitively. Pricing will obviously vary from drive to drive, but to give you an idea of what to expect, the DC S3500 1.8-inch 80GB drive will be priced around $115, while the 2.5-inch 800GB drive with max out at $979. The 480GB drive we tested should fall somewhere around the $639 mark. That puts pricing in the $1.22 – $1.44 range, which is much lower than many enterprise-class solid state drives. Considering their strong, consistent performance, relatively higher endurance, and power-loss data protection, the Intel SSD DC S3500 series drives should be a great fit for all but the most demanding, enterprise workloads.