Intel introduces the 730 series SSDs for enthusiasts
Intel announced its new 730 series SSDs at the end of last week and the two drives of this family are already available for pre-order. The Intel 730 SSDs are protected by a 5-year warranty and come loaded with 20 nm NAND cells and third-generation Intel controllers. According to the official press release, these new family of SSDs "combines enthusiast-grade performance with the endurance and dependability that has traditionally been reserved for data center storage products."
These are the AS SSD benchmark results for the 480 GB version as displayed by Intel on the product page:
- Random Read/Write: 89154/74532 IOPS
- Sequential Read/Write: 500/461 MB/s
- Read/Write Access Time: 0.07/0.04 ms
- Overall Score: 1146
These new drives offer "extreme endurance" and are guaranteed to easily handle "up to 70 GB of writes per day compared to the industry typical 20 GB per day," claims Intel. In a RAID 0 setup on an Intel platform with Intel Rapid Storage Technology support, the new 730 series can deliver in excess of 1,000 MB/s throughput.