Intel Announces Its Fastest (And Most Expensive) Solid State Drive Yet

by Robert Workman


You may recall back in 2015 that Intel introduced a new memory technology known as 3D Xpoint, noting that it would be the fastest PC equipment available. But we really haven’t seen anything since that time, indicating that the company is taking its sweet time in getting the ball rolling.

Well, that time has coming. The company has introduced its first 3D Xpoint drive in the line-up, the DC P4800X. It’s part of the SSDs Optane line, and it notes that the drive is five to eight times faster than leading SSDs on the market, and also allows for 2GB/s random read and write speeds.

The company noted that the drive is about three times as fast as the company’s traditional DC P3700 drive, and that’s no small feat, considering that drive can deliver about 2,800MB/s sequential read and 2,000MB/s sequential write speeds.

The Xpoint drive uses the PCIe NMVe interface, and has a new Optane controller. It can push up existing applications in your PC and utilizes about 12-14 watts under a heavy load, and that’s good news on the power-efficiency front.

But before you pull out that checkbook to pick it up, there are a few things to keep in mind. First off, the 375GB model of the SSD will run you a cool $1,520, so you’ll be paying quite a bit for it. Also, it’s not really set for long sequential read and write sessions, as 3D NAND Drives perform that particular task better. It’s also made for data centers, but those with 200-series motherboards and Kaby Lake CPU’s built into their systems will still be able to use it.

All this sounds pretty amazing (well, if you could figure out most of the technical jargon above), but Intel really needs to work on pricing to make it adaptable to the PC gaming audience. We’re sure the speeds will certainly be something that fans can appreciate, but going down to a more affordable model would do them better in the long run.

A release date for the new XPoint drive hasn’t been given yet, but it’s expected sometime this year.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.