Intel Optane 800p & 900p review: 3D XPoint for the regular consumer!

Extreme performance at an extreme price


Intel Optane 800p 60GB & 120GB

For some time now there have been very small Optane drives of 16 and 32 GB, which are meant to be used for SSD-caching. Until recently, you could purchase these under the name 8000p, but recently a new series came out in the form of the Optane M10. In any case, with capacities of 60 and 120GB, the 800p series is for those who want more than that, but still pay some attention to costs.

Compared to the small caching drives, the 800p drives are a lot more formidable. Because they consist of more dies, it is possible to write more extensively in parallel, which benefits the write speeds. Intel specifies a maximum of 640 MB/s, where the caching modules do not exceed several hundreds of megabytes per second. In addition, Intel has customized its firmware to support low idle-powerstates, which means that the idle power consumption of the 800p series is much lower.

Intel Optane 800p 60GB Intel Optane 800p 60GB

Intel uses a more simplistic controller for the 800p (Intel SLM4B) than for its high-end models (Intel SLL3D), if only for the simple reason that the 900p controller is physically too big for an m.2 module. Although the five-year warranty is the same, intel does state a lot lower TBW-value of 365 TB.

On average the Intel Optane 800p 60GB and 120GB cost 146 dollars and 265 dollars respectively, which is between 222 cents and 246 cents per gigabyte. Of course this is still very expesnive, but it is a lot less than the price of the previously tested Optane DC 4800X which is more than 351 cents per gigabyte.

Product nameOptane 800p 120GBOptane 800p 60GB
Product codeSSDPEK1W120GAX1SSDPEK1W060GA01
DetailsProduct infoProduct info
Disc typeSSDSSD
Quoted capacity120 GB60 GB
InterfacePCI-Express 3.0 x2PCI-Express 3.0 x2
SSD controllerIntel SLM4BIntel SLM4B
Measured capacity110.27 GB54.92 GB
Native Command Queuing
TRIM support
4K native mode
Flash chip brandIntelIntel
Transistor size flash chips20 nm20 nm
Warranty5 year(s)5 year(s)
Total Bytes Written / TBW365 TB365 TB
NAS hard disk
Read (sequentially)1450 MB/s1450 MB/s
Write (sequentially)640 MB/s640 MB/s
Read (4k random)250000 IOps250000 IOps
Write (4k random)145000 IOps145000 IOps
Physical properties
Form factorM.2 2280M.2 2280
Height1.9 mm1.9 mm
Weight6 gram6 gram
Encryption / security
Self encrypting drive (SED)
TCG Opal 2.0 compatible
Microsoft eDrive compatible
Protection against power loss

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