Intel launches their 905P series of Optane powered SSDs

Intel launches their 905P series of Optane powered SSDs

Intel launches their 905P series of Optane powered SSDs

Intel has officially launched their new 905P series of Optane SSDs, offering larger maximum capacities and higher levels of overall performance than its predecessor the 900P. 

The 905P will ship with two versions, a PCIe add-in-card 960GB model for $1,299 and a 480GB 2.5-inch U.2 model for $599.99, offering higher capacities than their 900P counterparts. Right now it looks like the 905P will stay on the market concurrently with the 900P, explaining why there are no equivalent capacity models for each SSD form factor. It appears that the 905P is an upgrade over the 900P, but not a replacement of the 900P, at least for now. 

Performance-wise the 905P will offer increased sequential read/write performance over the 900P, with a 100MB/s boost in sequential read performance and a 200MB/s increase in sequential write performance, with the 905P also offering increased Random I/O performance. The most significant gains are seen in write performance in both cases, with the Optane 905P providing a 10% both in both Random write IOPS and sequential writes. 
 
Intel’s 905P series of SSDs will ship with a five-year warranty with a guarantee of 10 drive writes per day, which is more than adequate for any consumer SSD. 

Product 905P 900P
Capacities 960GB (Add-in-card)
480GB (2.5-inch U.2)
480GB (Add-in-card)
280GB (Add-in-card)
280GB (2.5-inch U.2)
Controller Intel Custom NVMe Intel Custom NVMe
Memory Type 3D XPoint (Optane) 3D XPoint (Optane)
Sequential Read 2,600MB/s 2,500MB/s
Sequential Write 2,200MB/s 2,000MB/s
Random Read 575,000 IOPS 550,000 IOPS
Random Write 550,000 IOPS 500,000 IOPS
Endurance 10 DWPD 10 DWPD
Warranty 5-year 5-year

Intel launches their 905P series of Optane powered SSDs

 
Much like the 900P, the main problem with Intel’s Optane storage is pricing, with a storage cost that is well over $1 per GB, over two times the price NAND-based NVMe SSDs with similar capacities. While Optane has significant advantages over NAND at low queue depths and drives latency, both of these are only worthwhile in extremely specific workloads, making this drive too expensive for most consumers.  

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