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Intel 760p 512GB SSD Review

Rating: 8.5.

While most of the current crop of NVMe M.2 SSD's are aimed at the higher end of the mainstream and the enthusiast market sectors, Intel want to get a firm foothold at the other end of the market, producing very affordable NVMe drives at the entry level. Their latest drive to assault this market segment is the SSD 760p.

At the heart of the SSD760p is a Silicon Motion SM2262 controller and Intel's drive is the first to market using this chip, albeit an Intel customised version of it. It handles Intel's 256Gb 64-layer 3D TLC NAND.

Intel's 760p drive range consists of three capacities at the time of writing; 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB but these will joined by 1TB and 2TB models later in Q1. All except the 2TB drive are single sided M.2 2280 format, the flagship 2TB drive is double-sided.

Intel quote Sequential performance figures for the 512GB drive as up 3,230MB/s for reads and up to 1,625MB/s for writes. 4K Random reads are quoted as up to 340,000 IOPS (8GB span) while writes come in at up to 275,000 IOPS (8GB span).

Endurance for the 512GB drive is rated at 288 TBW and Intel back the drive with a 5 year warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 512GB
NAND Components: Intel 256Gb 64-layer 3D TLC NAND
NAND Controller: Silicon Motion SM2262
Cache: 512GB
Interface: PCIe NVMe 3.1 x4
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Dimensions: 22 x 80mm

Firmware Version: 001C

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