Intel’s Optane SSD 900P Series Promises Blistering Fast Speeds for Gaming and Work
Intel has announced its latest line of new SDDs in the form of the Optane SSD 900P.
Intel promised that its Optane SSDs would offer faster speeds than the competition and these do not disappoint. Unlike Intel’s Intel Optane memory, these are legitimate SSDs and offer a sequential read speed rating of 2.5GB a second and a sequential write speed of 2GB a second. Samsung 960 Pro-series only offers a sequential read speed rating of 437.5MB a second and a sequential write speed of 262.5MB a second.
As one would expect based on those speeds, Intel designed these SSDs for demanding work such as 3D rendering, simulations, and high-end gaming machines. In terms of rending, Intel has bragged that this new line of SSDs is able to cut the rendering time of a 7-second video clip with 1.1 billion particles by more than half. The company said that it would take other SSDs 17.4 hours to render such a file whereas the Optane SSD 900P line is capable of doing it in 6.3-hours.
In order to achieve those speeds, Intel took advantage of its new 3D XPoint memory instead of using the NAND memory found in most SSDs.
While the rendering features are sure to be a boon to game developers and others in the computer industry, the average consumer will probably more interested in the games that are being built to take advantage of Intel’s new SSD such as Star Citizen.
“The Intel Optane SSD 900P is amazingly fast, easily the fastest drive I have ever used,” Chris Roberts, lead developer of Star Citizen, said in a statement. “Our Star Engine developers have been working on technology to improve loading times using new techniques developed for Star Citizen and optimized for Optane, the fastest SSSD we’ve ever tested with the game. We continue to enhance Star Citizen so the performance benefits with Optane drives will continue to grow, alongside Star Citizen, into the future.”
The one drawback to these SSD is that, since they’re built for speed, they don’t offer much in the way of storage. The drives are only available in 280 GB and 480GB models. The prices range from $389 to $699 depending on which model you buy.
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