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

Extreme performance at an extreme price

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Test method

At Hardware.Info we test SSDs using four identical systems, consisting of an Intel Core i5 7400 (Kaby Lake) processor, an MSI H270 Gaming M3 motherboard and 8 GB DDR4-2400 memory. For the operating system we use Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) and the used driver is the Intel Rapid Storage Technologies (RST) driver version 15.2.0.1020. We also make sure there is enough airflow in order to prevent any trottling.

First of all we perform some synthetic benchmarks (AS SSD and Atto Disk Benchmark) to find the specific performance characteristics of the SSDs. More important are the real world benchmarks, based on the storage drive usage of real applications. For this we use diverse storage-benchmarks as part of PCMark 8, as well as three workloads that we designed ourselves. With the help of the PCMark8 test we also determine the performance of drives after prolonged periods of heavy load. Based on the different real world benchmarks we determine the Hardware.Info SSD Performance Score 2018 and the Hardware.Info SSD Entry Performance Score 2018; these show the average performance level in a single number. 

Aside from performance we also measure the power consumption, both in idle as well as under load


Our test system is based on an MSI H270 Gaming M3-motherboard.

In the graphs you can find all current nvme-SSDs, of course including the previously tested Optane DC 4800X. This can be recognized by the black bar. The Optane 800p and 900p that we test today are represented by red bars. 


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