Intel SSD DC P4600 NVMe PCIe Review: Low-Latency TLC Storage For The Data Center

Intel SSD DC P4600 - The Verdict

Performance Summary: The Intel SSD DC P4600 2TB drive we tested offered relatively strong performance in our benchmarks, especially considering its price point. The P4600 generally performed in the same neighborhood as the previous-gen DC P3700 in terms of transfer speeds; the P4600 showed stronger reads, whereas writes often favored the MLC-based P3700. The SSD DC P4600, however, offered some of the best access times we have seen to date.

Intel SD DC P4600 Series
Intel SSD DC P4600 Series Solid State Drives - Find Them At Amazon

Enterprise or Data Center customers looking for nothing but the highest performance, highest endurance solid state storage products for their environment, regardless of cost, have an array of more expensive products to choose from, including Intel’s own Optane-branded products. However, for medium-sized business or smaller enterprise installations, where the absolute pinnacle of performance isn’t a necessity, the Intel SSD DC P4600 would likely be a good fit. The Intel SSD DC P4600 is a relatively good value in the enterprise storage space; its performance and endurance are solid, and they’re backed by Intel’s 5 year warranty and established track record. The 2TB SSD DC P4600 we tested may not have consistently led the pack in any one particular area, but it did pull off a couple of victories versus some other NAND-based drives. It’s also available for only about 40-50% more than high-end, consumer-class NVMe SSDs. At roughly $.83 per gigabyte ($1,715 street price for the 2TB drive), Intel's new SSD DC P4600 series drives aren’t cheap, but they’re competitively priced versus other drives in their class and should serve customers well.
  • Low Latency
  • Good Performance
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Not Quite As Fast As Higher-End Offerings

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