Intel SSD 750 Series PCIe SSD Review: NVMe For Desktop Performance

Test System, SANDRA Disk and File System Benchmarks

Our Test Methodologies:

Under each test condition, the SSDs tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a dedicated disk for the OS and benchmark software installations. The drives were left blank without partitions where necessary, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates, and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

Important Note:

We should also underscore the fact that the other PCI Express SSDs we're comparing the Intel SSD 750 to here are admittedly very stiff competition and in many cases cost literally thousands of dollars more than the consumer-enthusiast and workstation-targeted SSD 750 line. Rather than comparing the new Intel PCIe SSD to a stable of standard SATA SSDs, however, we felt it made more sense to compare it to other PCI Express SSDs on the market that are in its performance class.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-3960X

Intel DX79SR, X79 chipset

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
16GB Kingston DDR3-1600

Integrated on board
Intel X25E 160GB SSD (OS Drive)
Intel SSD 750 Series NVMe PCIe 1.2TB SSD
Intel SSD DC P3700 NVMe PCIe 800GB SSD
OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCIe
LSI WarpDrive 300GB PCIe
Fusion-io ioDrive 160GB
Intel SSD 910 800GB PCIe SSD
OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCIe SSD

OS -
Chipset Drivers -
Video Drivers

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Latest Intel Inf package

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
ATTO v2.47
CrystalDiskMark v3.03 x64
Alex-IS AS-SSD Benchmark 1.6.42
SiSoftware Sandra 2014
Futuremark PCMark 7 Storage

SiSoft SANDRA 2014
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

For our first set of tests, we used SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting on all drives and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

SANDRA Physical Disk

SANDRA's purely sequential and rather short read/write workloads in this test allows all the drives to really stretch their legs. In terms of read performance the SSD 750 actually bested the entire group, including the higher-end SSD DC P3700. However, in write performance the SSD 750 clocked in a third place bandwidth score of 1.27GB/sec, which is still pretty robust, but not quite up to par with OCZ's Z-Drive R4. The SSD DC P3700, however still scored top honors, at 1.78GB/sec.

SANDRA's File System benchmark exhibits combined Read/Write throughput on blank, formatted volumes and generates an aggregate "score" in overall throughput.

SANDRA FIle System

Here the new SSD 750 proved itself significantly faster than all but the SSD DC P3700, though we didn't have the Z-Drive R4 available for this test. Regardless, Intel's legacy SSD 910 and OCZ's RevoDrive 350 were both left in the dust, as were the significantly more expensive Fusion-io drive and older, legacy LSI WarpDrive. 

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