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Breakthrough performance to meet the most demanding storage workloads in your desktop or workstation.
Pros: It's a blazingly fast drive, I haven't done benchmarks on it but going from an Intel Cherryville SSD, Windows 10 basically boots the moment I hit the power button.
Vastly increases the performance of a pagefile, which is great in a world where RAM is extremely expensive. (more expensive than this drive is, funnily enough)
Heatsink does well at keeping the drive cool. Not too many people monitor their drive temps, but those temps are important, do affect performance, and the heatsink does a good job at managing them without being a bulky mess.
Cons: Takes up a whole PCIE slot. Needs a M.2 2280 version.
Overall Review: I bought the drive as I was curious just how much a "bleeding edge" SSD would improve computer usage. Like many reviewers of this device have said before, being a light consumer, this drive just doesn't really see proper use. It's a niche drive. I knew that before I bought it, but I figure everyone else should too.
Not sure why this is advertised as a gaming drive. Unless your computer is running out of RAM and being forced to page gaming assets to this drive, then it probably won't help performance. Additionally, load times are a direct function of sequential read/write speeds, which is why the load times on my Samsung 960 EVO are actually a bit better than this drive's.
Pros: High quality super fast SSD! Even the packaging was impressive. The actual SSD with the beautiful heat sink exudes quality; heavy and compact, Intel is trying to make a statement.
Faster than my Samsung 960 Pro by about three times. Random IOPS about 400,000 mb/sec The fastest SSD I've ever used.
Plug it in to a PCIe slot, instruct the BIOS to boot from this drive, and it works. I installed Windows 10 Pro in about 6 minutes!
Makes for a very "snappy" computer that is a joy to use.
One note.... Using a GPT format results in twice the speed as compared to the old MRB format, so be sure to format the drive with GPT.
Overall Review: I have many fast computers at home and at work, and eventually they will all have Optane!
Pros: Works well, no drivers required for I7-7700 and Z170X-Gamiming 7. Boots in just a few seconds (takes longer to get through BIOS than to load Windows 10).
Cons: Wrote a long review on this, Newegg didn't post it.
Overall Review: More write endurance than other SSD (MLC,"TLC" which is really 8-level cell)
I see that there may be negative reviews on the M.2 version not supporting PC booting. I am using the AIC (Add-In-Card), PCIe version of this item. I have no experience trying to get a computer to boot from M.2, perhaps this is related. The following Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2) explains some of the Features of M.2, perhaps there's a configuration option in BIOS to force booting through PCIe on M.2 rather than defaulting to SATA?
I have never seen a manual for a motherboard which clearly defined all the BIOS functions and features, and have spent HOURS fiddling and poking with settings, in order to get a system booting reliably. I even had a motherboard that advertised support for Kaby Lake, but you needed to boot Skylake in order to flash to a new BIOS before Kaby Lake would boot (thanks a lot, G***byte)! I feel sorry for folks who didn't know that, or didn't have an old processor kicking around the junk bin *end of rant*.
Pros: O.M.G, the random read/writes on this drive are so so fast! The only thing quicker than one is more than one in a RAID 0 array and this drive. While the sequential read/writes are a hair slower than the Samsung 960 PRO, this drive supports a bootable RAID 0 configuration. I'm running two in an ASUS Hyper x16 card, and could add an additional two.
- Scales well via RAID
- VROC allows booting from this device if its in a RAID array
- M.2 adapter included
- Solid build quality
- Extreme endurance
Cons: Price (I wish I could afford an additional two); 10,932 MB/s seq reads are possible but comes at a steep price.
Overall Review: Checkout the https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboard-Accessory/HYPER-M-2-X16-CARD/ for more info on running multiple of these drive.
Pros: Very fast. I only load my top game and operating system on this. I have a few other programs installed on it, but not many since it's 380gb
Cons: Make sure you motherboard is compatible. "Intel Optane Ready" does not mean it's compatible. The 905p isn't the same exact technology as the previous series. I do know that Asus Maximus XI Extreme is compatible and I also know that Gigabyte Z390 Extreme is not compatible. Also this is very expensive. I bought this because I wanted all the newest technology available. I saved a long time for this new build.
Overall Review: Fastest SSD in the world. I love it.
Pros: - FAST. Maybe not as huge of a difference between an m.2 drive and this, but coming from a normal SATA drive to this is huge.
- SMALL. Way smaller than I expected.
- QUALITY. Feels very solid and well constructed.
- EASY TO SETUP. Literally plug and play to get going and install windows onto. I did have to go into bios and change my boot order and unplug other drives but thats about it.
Cons: - PRICE? Gotta pay to play though.
Pros: Easy to install, showed up instantly in my Debian disk manager. On this particular motherboard, you can use this drive as a data drive, but not a boot drive. I was able to get 1.5-2.5GB/sec transfer speeds in a linux benchmark. Does work on older systems providing they have EFI support.
Cons: I can only fit 6 of them inside my system.
Overall Review: Our servers needed something to backup about 60GB from our main RAID, once per hour, without using spinning rust. The main RAID consists of Intel DC 3710 SSDs. Because of the high endurance of these drives (5+Pb), we should have no problem using it in this way for at least 5 years running.
Pros: - Super fast drive
- Easily plugs in available PCIEx4 slot
- No power cord or other connectors required
- Newer Gigabyte Motherboard found card and used as Boot Drive without issue
Cons: - Server I tried to install would not use this SSD as the Boot Drive as it was an older server
- a bit expensive per gig but in my opinion worth the investment
Overall Review: Great product. Awesome design and packaging. I like this better than M.2 drives as I have had a few of those fail recently. Highly recommend