Intel Expands Optane SSD Solutions With SSD 905P – Available in 960GB PCIe ‘$1299 US’ and 480GB U.2 ‘$599 US’ Form Factors

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May 2, 2018
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Intel has just launched their latest Optane SSD 905P series which expands their Optane storage solution lineup. The Intel Optane SSD 905P series builds on the foundations of the Optane SSD 900P series while offering higher capacities and ridiculously fast storage speeds that we should expect from Optane based solutions.

Intel’s Optane SSD 905P Series Launched in PCIe 960GB and U.2 480GB Flavors, Priced at $1299 US and $599 US, Respectively

There are two Optane SSD 905P series products launching today which are part of the Mansion Beach family. Both drives use a custom Intel NVMe controller while the memory used is part of Intel’s 3D XPoint solutions.

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Starting off with the top variant, the Intel Optane SSD 905 960GB variant comes in the PCI-Express add-in-card form factor. This storage device features a sequential read of up to 2600 MB/s and a sequential write speed of up to 2200 MB/s. The Random Read is rated at 575,000 IOPS and random Write is rated at 555,000 IOPs. The device has an idle power of 6W while active power is rated a bit higher at 16.4W. The Optane SSD 905 960GB PCIe variant is available to purchase for a price of $1299 US from retailers around the globe.

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The second solution, the Optane SSD 905 480GB model is a 2.5″ drive which comes with U.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. This device has the same performance specifications but runs with slightly lower power draw at 3.3W in idle and 12.8W in active mode. The U.2 480GB model costs $599 US and is designed to be a cost-effective yet very fast storage solution.

Breakthrough Performance for Workstations
The Intel® Optane™ SSD 905P delivers read/write performance optimized for client workstations. The performance and responsiveness of the SSD 905P mean the processor can spend less time waiting and more time computing, resulting in greatly increased efficiency.

It provides exceptional random storage performance of up to 575K/550K IOPS (4K random reads/writes), and is complemented with low latency of less than 10μs.1 These key capabilities make the SSD 905P a highly responsive client storage solution. The SSD 905P also enables software developers to optimize applications to take advantage of the unique attributes of Intel® Optane™ technology: low latency, and high throughput at low queue depth.

New Possibilities with Higher Capacity
The Intel® Optane™ SSD 905P introduces larger capacities allowing users to handle larger datasets to better extract the value of Intel® Optane™ technology with workloads that place heavy demands on the storage I/O subsystem. via Intel

One more thing, the U.2 drive uses a rigid body with a heatsink design and black color scheme. The PCIe model on the other hands comes with a similar design as the Optane 900P solution but adds in RGB LEDs on the side skirts of the shroud giving out a nice effect. The standard color is set to blue which goes well with the brushed silver and black color scheme of the add-in card.

Detail Specifications 
Model Name Intel® Optane™ SSD 905P Series
Capacity Half Height Half Length (HHHL) Add-in-Card: 960GB

($1299 US)

2.5” x 15mm, Small Form Factor U.2: 480GB

($599 US)

Memory Media 3D XPoint™ memory media
Bandwidth: Sustained Sequential Read/Write Up to 2600 / 2200 MB/s
IOPS: Random 4KB Random Read/Write Up to 575,000 / 550,000 IOPs
Read/Write Latency <10 μs /< 10 μs
Interface PCIe* 3.0 X4, NVMe*
Form Factors, Height, and Weight HHHL AIC
68.9mm / 17.2mm / 168mm up to 230 grams
2.5” U.2
15mm / 70mm / 101mm / up to 140 grams
Life Expectancy 1.6 million hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
Lifetime Endurance3 10 Drive Writes per Day (DWPD)
Power Consumption Typical 480GB 960GB
Active Sequential Read – Average Power: 7.6W 10.7W
Burst Sequential Read: 7.7W 11.2W
Active Write – Average Power:  12.4W 14.8W
Burst Sequential Write:  12.8W 16.4W
Idle:  3.3W 6.0W
Operating Temperature4 0° C to 85° C
RoHS Compliance Meets the requirements of European Union (EU) RoHS Compliance Directives
Warranty 5-year warranty; warranty void if used in a multiuser data center environment
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