Intel SSD 750 Series 1.2 TiB Review

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Introduction

With the need for faster SSDs, high performance market is leaving behind the 2.5 inches models with SATA-600 interface, which obviously limit the bandwidth of these devices to 600 MB/s. One of these high performance SSDs is the 1.2 TB Intel SSD 750 Series, which uses the NVMe standard, PCI Express 3.0 x4 interface and promises to deliver read speeds up to 2,400 MB/s and write speeds up to 1,200 MB/s. Let’s test this SSD.

The 750 Series SSDs can be found in two form factors: a PCI Express 3.0 x4 expansion card or a 2.5” drive with SFF-8639 interface (and thus, with different connectors from the 2,5” SATA drives). The avalilable capacities are 400 GiB and 1.2 TiB. The 2.5” version needs a special cable and a compatible motherboard with dual SATA Express connection.

The SSD 750 Series is, according to Intel, the first model targeted to consumer market to use the NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) specification, which replaces the AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) standard, which was developed and optimized for SATA hard disk drives and replaced the IDE standard. This interface allows higher speeds and lower latencies than the earlier standards, and works better with parallelism.

An important detail is that Windows 7 has no native support to NVMe, so it will need a driver to work with it. In order to install this operating system in an NVMe SSD, you will need this driver (on an USB stick, for example) at the installing time. It is also necessary that your motherboard BIOS offers NVMe support. We managed to install Windows 7 on the Intel SSD 750 Series 1.2 TiB with no hassle, just by providing the NVMe driver on an USB thumb drive. Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and newer Linux distributions, however, offer native NVMe support.

In our tests, we will compare the Intel SSD 750 Series 1.2 TiB to the Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GiB, which we tested recently. However, it is important to keep in mind that those two drives are not direct competitors, because they have not the same capacity (we don’t have another 1.2 TiB competitor SSD in our lab to compare), and also because they are in different price ranges (see table below). So, we are comparing them just to have an idea of the performance of the reviewed SSD.

Before proceeding, we highly suggest that you read our “Anatomy of SSD Units” tutorial, which provides all the background information you need to know about SSDs.

In the table below we compare the units tested.

Manufacturer Model Model # Nominal Capacity Form Factor Interface Price

Intel

SSD 750 Series

SSDPEDMW012T4R5

1.2 TiB

PCI Express

PCI Express 3.0 x4

USD 1,200

Kingston

HyperX Predator

SHPM2280P2H/480G

480 GiB

M.2

PCI Express 2.0 x4

USD 490

We researched the prices on the day that we published this review. In the table below, we provide a more in-depth technical comparison between the two drives.

Model Controller Buffer Memory
Intel SSD 750 Series Intel CH29AE41AB0 5 x 512 MiB DDR3L-1600 Micron MT41K1G4RH-12:E 18x 64 GiB + 14x 16 GiB Intel 29F16B08LCMFS
Kingston HyperX Predator Marvell 88SS9293 2 x 512 MiB DDR3L-1600 Kingston D2516EC4BXGGB 8x 64 GiB Toshiba TH58TEG9DDKBA8H

Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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