The Intel SSD 750 Series is so top notch that most PC’s simply will not be able to either fit them at all or use them as a main bootable drive. So let’s first establish what you can and cannot do with them. The Intel 750 Series is available in two form factors a half height PCI Express expansion card and what looks like a standard 2.5in drive.
Specialties And Setup
For most systems, the real world impact should be minimal. It is likely that only SLI/CrossFire setups, where bandwidth is limited by the reduced number of lanes, will encounter issues. Moreover, X99 systems have 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes so it should not be an issue here. If you want to use it as your main boot drive you will need to ensure your motherboard’s BIOS supports NVMe (non-volatile memory).
At the moment this is fairly limited, with only Intel Z97 and X99 chipset motherboards supporting the drives. Intel has provided a list of NVMe-compatible motherboards that it has verified, but some others also work so it is best to check with your motherboard producer.
Inside Of SSD 750
Away from the NVMe interface, the actual NAND employed by the Intel 750 Series is Intel’s 20nm, 128Gbit MLC technology. On the PCIe card version, these are actually distributed into different sized packages: the chips under the heat sink are all quad-die 64GiB, while the chips on the rear are single-die. This is presumably for reasons concerning heat, although performance must play a part too. A total of 18 chips on the front and 14 on the rear equates to 1,376GiB in total, making for 18.8% over provisioning for this 1,200GB drive.
Finding Of Fact
Intel’s latest SSD’s (solid state drive) are by all odds the fastest consumer drives available, and pricing is reasonably competitive for the functioning they provide. Most users simply will not need the performance upgrade, but for those who want the ultimate in performance with an eye on the future of computer storage the Intel SSD 750 is a great option.