We had to wait a while for our first introduction to Intel Optane-SSDs for consumers, but it was definitely worth the wait. While the Optane DC P4800X rose to lonely heights in our benchmark graphs at the beginning of this year, all variants of the Optane 900p manage achieve even higher scores. The main difference with other high-end SSDs is that the Optanes are also much faster than sata-drives at low queue depths. While the performance difference between regular SSDs is difficult to notice, we dare say that Optane is finally a really good reason to upgrade your SSD.
The reflex that made you run to the store is probably quickly healed as soon as you see the price tag that is attached to these SSDs. Although the 480 GB Optane 900p-SSD is a lot less expensive than the business Optane at 152 cents per gigabyte, hardly anyone would be willing to spend 700 dollars.
This is why Intel also has cheaper series with lower capacities, like the 800p-series and the caching modules. However, because of the more simplistic controller and the lack of parallelization the write performance of the 800p-series is a lot worse when compared to their big brothers. The 60GB-model does not really offer enough storage to serve as an OS-disk, while the 120GB-model costs about as much as a 500GB Samsung 970 Evo. This makes the 800p-series a tough sell.
All in all we are very happy that you can now purchase products with 3D XPoint memory as a regular consumer. In terms of performance this is a huge step forward, but the prices are extremely high for the time being. These will undoubtedly go down in the future, in the same way that prices for regular SSDs have gone down. Until then, if price is not an issue and you simply want the best performance the Optane 900p is for you. This drive returns home with an Ultimate Product award.