Intel 730 Series 480GB Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Intel 730 Series 480GB Review

Introduction

Solid State drives have come a long way since the early days. They are now searingly fast at even the smallest capacity, and the movement towards more mature hardware controllers and operating systems being more adept at utilising them has meant that you can purchase almost any model with a warm glow in your heart.

There is, however, always the underlying niggle that perhaps your drive will give up the ghost out of the blue and cost you immense data loss. After all a mechanical drive starts to knock and click before it dies which gives you enough warning to attempt to back up. What we really need is a SSD that has the raw speed of a desktop model, but with the reliability of an enterprise solution.

Neat segue.

The Intel 730 Series is exactly that. Combining Intel's enormous knowledge base and workstation experience with the speed demanded of desktop users, it hopes to be all things to all users. That's a bold target to aim for, but if anyone can bring it to fruition then Intel surely at the company to do so.

Technical Specifications

Rather than take a controller such as the SandForce one and crowbar it into their product, Intel have created their own 3rd Generation SSD controller that is capable of dealing with the demands of uncompressed data that modern operating systems place upon it, and then overclocked it all to eke even more performance out. The controller is greatly increased, up from 400MHz to 600MHz, and even the NAND bus speed has been bumped from 83MHz to 100MHz. Even with the 480GB capacity model we can't foresee many people going beyond the 70GB/day endurance quotient. 

  Intel 730 Series 480GB Review

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21-03-2014, 07:59:58

tinytomlogan
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Intel have combined their Enterprise technologies with desktop storage to produce the Intel 730 Series, and we take a look.


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21-03-2014, 10:10:58

Excalabur50
The original Intel drives were the drive to go to till the Corsair and Samsung drives took over I wonder will these put Intel back on top?

21-03-2014, 13:15:39

qhfreddy
God I can't wait for them to move away from SATA 6GB/s

All the bloody decent SSDs on the market are capped by the interface, and making better drives isn't going to change that.

SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE A FASTER DRIVE INTERFACE.

21-03-2014, 22:20:39

ander01se
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Originally Posted by qhfreddy View Post
God I can't wait for them to move away from SATA 6GB/s

All the bloody decent SSDs on the market are capped by the interface, and making better drives isn't going to change that.

SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE A FASTER DRIVE INTERFACE.
Well there's always PCI Express.

21-03-2014, 23:34:22

qhfreddy
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Originally Posted by ander01se View Post
Well there's always PCI Express.
Ok, well can someone get PCIe down to the same price as the SATA ones?

22-03-2014, 02:37:56

Vlada011
Very nice drive only Intel force people to pay 480GB version because difference in performance are bigger than other drives.
I decide too, no more SSD until SATA Express.
If Intel leave Haswell Extreme with SATA III than solution is PCI-E drive when they show up. Haswell Extreme was real time for new standard but if I remember they talk about Skylake and SATA Express.

22-03-2014, 03:59:56

qhfreddy
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Originally Posted by Vlada011 View Post
Very nice drive only Intel force people to pay 480GB version because difference in performance are bigger than other drives.
I decide too, no more SSD until SATA Express.
If Intel leave Haswell Extreme with SATA III than solution is PCI-E drive when they show up. Haswell Extreme was real time for new standard but if I remember they talk about Skylake and SATA Express.
Definitely, It's about time the industry standardizes a faster drive interface... SATA is just stupid for an SSD I don't understand why they have not even considered making PCIe SSDs popular, the enthusiast market would be all over them.
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