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Intel Optane SSD 905P 480GB SSD Review

The Intel Optane SSD 905P 480GB ships in a sturdy, stylish box with a label on the front face, showing the capacity. The rear of the box has images of the drive and depicts how the business end of the bundled cable connects to an M.2 adapter (not included).

Under these is a list of what’s in the box.

Inside the box there is plenty of protection for the drive as it sits, snugly surrounded by dense foam.



The drive is thicker than a standard SSD at 15mm and uses an aluminium casing with both the front and back areas styled into large heatsinks. Even with this design, the drive got pretty warm to the touch after some of our benchmarking runs.


Bundled in with the drive is a SFF-8639 data / power combo cable which is handy, but you’ll still need to get a M.2 To U.2 Mini-SAS adapter to connect the drive to a motherboard. There’s also a set of fixing screws and a warranty manual.




The Intel Toolbox SSD management utility is a pretty comprehensive tool for looking after your SSD. The home screen displays information about the drive, how the capacity is being used, its health and estimated life remaining.

There are seven buttons on the right hand side of the utility main screen. These are for Intel’s SSD Optimiser, two drive diagnostic scans, one quick / the other full, secure erase, firmware updates, a system tuner and a page for system information.

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