Intel has decided to barge in the affordable SSD market with today’s release of the Intel 760p Series SSD – an M.2 based SSD with an NVMe interface. It mainly brings performance upgrades, along with lower power consumption, and a smaller M2 form factor for ultra thin notebook devices.
Starting at $74 (₹4700) for a 128GB drive, the 760p Series nearly doubles the speed of its previous consumer SSDs, thanks to the new 64-layer 3D NAND technology.
The new 64-layer 3D NAND is twice as dense as the older 32-layer NAND used on the previous generation of the Intel 600p series SSDs. Thanks to this, Intel promises nearly twice as fast performance and better power efficiency.
The 512GB capacity is rated at 3,230 MB/s sequential read and 1,625 MB/s sequential write speeds and that’s notably faster than 600p’s 1,775 MB/s read and 560 MB/s write speeds.
Although Samsung’s top tier Evo SSD pull slightly ahead at 3,200 MB/s read and 1,800 MB/s write speeds, it is also remarkably more expensive with the 500GB unit priced at $229 (₹14500).
In our testing, the 512GB 760p peaked at 3,047 MB/s read and 1,203 MB/s write speeds in CrystalDisk Mark. While it’s not too far from the promised speeds, it will only get better with further driver updates.
The drive offers more than enough high-speed read performance for gaming. Asset-heavy open world games like Assassin’s Creed Origins loaded smooth as butter. Windows 10 boot times were also top notch.
Impatient video editors on the other hand would be better of with the Samsung 960 pro thanks to it’s much faster 2,100 MB/s write speed.
Building an affordable PC with a high end SSD is no longer a dream. A 256GB SSD with PCIe Gen 3.0 with 4 lanes for $109 (₹6900) is almost a no-brainer. Going with the current pricing trend, we should soon be greeted by a 1TB model hopefully under the $400 mark.