Intel Unveils High-Performance SSD 730 Series Solid State Drives – Extreme Edition SSDs Launching on 18th March

Intel has officially announced their latest high-performance SSD 730 Series solid state drives which are scheduled for launch on 18th March. The latest SSD 730 Series would be built from the same DNA as featured on Intel's high end enterprise product portfolio with the addition of an overclocked flash controlled and NAND to deliver better performance to enthusiasts.Intel SSD 730 Series

Intel Unveils High-Performance SSD 730 Series Solid State Drive

The Intel SSD 730 series would replace the SSD 530 series which were launched last year and bring along them some new architectural changes. Powered by Intel's third generation PS29AS21CA controller (SATA 6 GB/S) and 20nm MLC NAND flash, the SSD 730 Series come in two variants which include a 480 GB model and a 240 GB model. Both of these products are aimed directly towards professionals and enthusiasts who need the best I/O capabilities in their PCs.

Both the NAND and the third-generation Intel controller have been infused with data center DNA for quality and reliability, and factory tuned for extreme performance. Delivering low latency and consistently high throughput, the 730 Series helps PCs respond quickly. The drive is protected by a 5-year warranty, ensuring peace of mind with stunning performance. 

The Intel SSD 730 Series is available today for pre-order, and will be available for purchase starting on March 18. Get more information on the 730 Series, including where to pre-order. via Intel

The 480 GB model has a sequential read and write speed of 550 MB/s and 470 MB/s respectively, 89K IOPS (4K Random Read), 74K IOPS (4K Random Write) with an endurance of 70 GB per day backed by a warranty which lasts 5 years. The 480 GB model has a power draw of 1.5 W idle and 5.5 W load and is priced at $469.99 MSRP.

The 240 GB model has a sequential read and write speed of 550 MB/s and 270 MB/s respectively, 86K IOPS (4K Random Read), 56K IOPS (4K Random Write) with an endurance of 50 GB per day backed by a warranty which lasts 5 years. The 480 GB model has a power draw of 1.5 W idle and 3.8 W load and is priced at $239.99 MSRP.

Equip your next build with an Intel Solid-State Drive 730 Series and get:

  • Optimized Performance. We specially qualified components and pushed factory performance tuning limits by boosting the controller speed by 50 percent and NAND bus speed 20 percent. The result, 50µs read latencies, consistently high transfer rates of up to 550 MB/s sequential reads, and up to 89,000 IOPS random reads.
  • Data Center DNA. Gain extreme endurance—up to 70 GB of writes per day compared to the industry typical 20 GB per day—and enjoy peace-of-mind dependability throughout the life of the drive with advanced firmware algorithms, delivering performance consistency across all data types.
  • RAID Performance Scaling. Achieve extreme storage performance for the most demanding usage models with RAID 0 configurations combining two or more Intel SSD 730 Series drives with an Intel platform supporting Intel Rapid Storage Technology for throughput exceeding 1,000 MB/s.
  • Quality and Reliability. 3rd generation Intel controller, optimized Intel firmware, and 20nm NAND technology provide dependable up-time for intensive storage workloads—backed by a limited five-year warranty.

Both SSDs feature the same enclosure with the Intel Skull logo which empathizes its enthusiast built nature. The drives are factory overclocked and could be further tuned by professionals using the Intel XTU (Extreme Tuning Utility) as demonstrated earlier. Reviews of the SSD 730 Series can be found in the links from several tech sites provided below:

Intel SSD 730 Series Reviews Round-Up:

Intel SSD 730 Series Specifications Sheet (Courtesy of Anandtech):

Intel SSD 730 Intel SSD 530 Intel SSD DC S3500 Intel SSD DC S3700
Capacities (GB) 240, 480 80, 120, 180, 240, 360, 480 80, 120, 160, 240, 300, 400, 480, 600, 800 100, 200, 400, 800
NAND 20nm MLC 20nm MLC 20nm MLC 25nm MLC-HET
Max Sequential Performance (Reads/Writes) 550 / 470 MBps 540 / 490 MBps 500 / 450 MBps 500 / 460 MBps
Max Random Performance (Reads/Writes) 89K / 75K IOPS 48K / 80K IOPS 75K / 11.5K IOPS 76K / 36K IOPS
Endurance (TBW) 91TB (240GB)
128TB (480GB)
36.5TB 140TB (200GB)
275TB (480GB)
3.65PB (200GB)
7.3PB (400GB)
Encryption - AES-256 AES-256 AES-256
Power-loss Protection Yes No Yes Yes

Intel SSD 730 Series Performance:

  Hybrid Intel SSD Intel SSD
530 Series
730 Series
AS SSD Test Scores
Random Read IOPS 392 54895 89154
Random Write IOPS 318 60168 74532
Sequential Read (MB/s) 170 485 500
Sequential Write (MB/s) 200 293 461
Read Access Time (ms) 14.03 0.184 0.07
Write Access Time (ms) 11.02 0.216 0.04
ISO Copy 113 287 371
Program Copy 50 185 214
Game Copy 78 207 289
Overall Score AS SSD 54 823 1146
PCMark Vantage Test Scores (MB/s)
Windows Defender 31 254 449
Gaming 18 327 444
Importing Pictures 71 356 486
Windows Startup 27 232 381
Video Editing 75 177 329
Media Center 242 259 433
Adding Music 14 96 303
Application Loading 9 103 321
PCMark Vantage Storage Suite 7558 44130 83354
EA Origin: Repair 10GB of Game Files (sec) 61 27 27

Intel SSD 730 Series Picture Gallery:Intel SSD 730 Series BoxIntel SSD 730 Series Picture

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