Intel Optane SSD 900P series launched

Intel has announced the launch of its Optane SSD 900P Series of performance SSD that are built from the ground up for desktop, workstation purposes. The announcement of the same took place at the CitizenCon, Star Citizen community meet in Frankfurt Germany.

The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series SSDs will be available in 280 GB and 480GB models. The 280 GB models start from $389, while the 480GB units will be available from $599.

Diving straight into the features, the new 900P series of SSD have been designed to deliver low latency with Intel’s Optane technology.

According to Intel, the Optane SSD 900p is up to four times faster than today’s best PCIe SSDs such as the Samsung SSD 960 Pro, with up to 22 times the endurance. However, it is most effective in specific situations, particularly random read and write performance at queue depths between 1 and 4, which Intel says is more representative of day-to-day workloads than the best-case scenarios that many synthetic benchmarks aim to achieve.

Random read and write speeds are rated at 550,000 IOPS and 500,000 IOPS respectively, while sequential read and write speeds are 2500MBps and 2000MBps respectively. Endurance for the 480GB model is rated at 8760TBW, referring to 8760 TB over the course of the drive’s life. The standard warranty is 5 years.

Star Citizen takes advantage of the ability to read multiple files concurrently, reducing load times for huge amounts of texture and mesh data even at the highest possible settings. Buyers will get exclusive in-game content including a new ship called the Sabre Raven with unique weapons and stealth capabilities.

Optane has been used for the first time on a client SSD. Intel states that the new SSD has been built keeping in mind the performance and endurance needs of a workstation. Intel in its release said that its SSDs deliver up to 22 times more endurance compared to other drives currently available.

The chipmaker claims that its new series of Optane enabled SSDs feature low queue depth, up to four times faster than competitive NAND-based SSDs. So apart from the usual demanding workloads of 3D rendering and complex simulations, Optane will now also cater to gamers delivering faster load times and more.

The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series brings the workstation-class performance and industry-leading endurance of Intel Optane technology to a client SSD for the first time, and we know end users will find exciting ways to take advantage of the drive to do great things,” says Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, and director of strategic planning, marketing and business development.