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Intel Optane SSD 905P 480GB SSD Review

Rating: 8.0.

Aimed at the high-end enthusiast/workstation end of the market, Intel's expensive SSD Optane SSD 905P product line promise ultimate performance, incorporating Intel's 3D XPoint memory.

The Intel Optane SSD 905P ships in two form factors with three capacities. The U.2 15mm form factor line is made up of a 480GB (the drive we are reviewing here), and the recently launched 960GB and 1.5TB models. The other option is for a HHHL (Half Height Half Length) AIC which starts at 960GB, with a 1.5TB option.

At the heart of the Optane SSD 905P is Intel's 7-channel controller which handles the 3D XPoint memory inside the drive.

The official Sequential performance figures for the 480GB drive are up to 2,600MB/s for reads and up to 2,200MB/s for writes. Random performance is stated as up to 575,000 IOPS for reads and 550,000 IOPS for writes.  These speeds are the same for all three drives in the range regardless of format.

Power figures for the drive are 3.3W when idle with an active rating of 12.8W.

The quoted endurance for the 480GB model is an astonishing 8.76PB written – yes that is petabytes, not the usual terabytes!  To put it another way, you can write 5TB of data daily to the drive for the entire length of Intel's 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 480GB
NAND Components: Intel 3D XPoint
NAND Controller: Intel
Interface: U.2 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4
Form Factor: 2.5in 15mm
Dimensions: 101mm x 70mm x 15mm
Drive Weight: 140g

Firmware Version: 0325

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