So chances are you are running some sort of SSD in your system by now. The most common is a SATA6 2.5 inch variant. Ranging in sizes from 20GB all the way up to massive amounts like 100 terabytes from NimbusData. But today we are gonna talk NVME SSDs. Affordable NVME SSDs.
From a big name in the market, Intel has just announced their SSD 6 lineup of SSDs, marking them the most affordable NVME based SSDs to date. Ranging in size from 512Gb to 2Tb, with speeds to revil competitors, as well as being priced to undercut other NMVE drives, Intel has a seriously wicked good offering. So what we have here is the Intel SSD6 660p Series 1Tb NVME M.2 drive running at PCIe 3.0 4x speeds. Now there really isn't much to say about a NVME M.2 SSD other than, how does it perform and how much is it? But before we get into that stuff let's just briefly look at the components and layout of the Intel 660p.
So what you will notice right away is the green PCB that the Intel 660p is on. Yes it's dated, yes it's ugly, but in all reality most of the time users will install an NVME M.2 SSD on a motherboard with a integrated heatsink. Having a heatsink over an NVME M.2 SSD does a few things, first off it keeps the drive from running hot and reducing performance. Secondly, the heatsink covers up that ugly, green PCB from view. Moving on to the components on the Intel 660p, composed is a SMI controller that supports NVME PSM, L1., APST, AES-256 bit encryption, and TCG storage security subsystem class. Nanya DRAM and 64 layer QLC 3D NAND flash memory make up the rest of the Intel 660p.
So how does it perform? Well, damn good for its price. Rated at sequential reads of up to 1800 MB per second with matching writes, this little stick of gum, is the one that could. But what about IOPS? Rated with at the 4KB reads and writes of up to 220K IOPS, this drive does not disappoint in terms of performance. Pricing for the 512GB model starts off at $95, with the 1TB model that I have here is $195. If you want the massive 2TB model, it will cost you around $380. So price to performance in mind, I suspect the 512GB and 1TB models will sell very well. It certainly has me looking for another 1TB 660p for RAID0.
So to wrap things up, the Intel SSD6 660p 1TB NVME M.2 SSD is pure awesome. Read and write benchmarks are great and should be fast enough for enthusiasts without breaking or killing your wallet. This makes giving the Intel 660p SSD an easy 5 out of 5 flames.
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