Intel 600P Series SSDs bring NVMe into the M.2 mainstream

Intel is pushing NVMe SSDs further into the mainstream today with its SSD 600P Series drives. These M.2 gumsticks use the same Intel-Micron 3D TLC NAND that we're starting to see in more and more SSDs of late. That NAND lets Intel deliver these drives at prices similar to that of high-end SATA storage while offering sequential read speeds far beyond what any SATA drive can achieve. Here's the full SSD 600P lineup:

Intel SSD 600P series
Capacity Sequential
read (MB/s)
write (MB/s)
read (IOPS)
write (IOPS)
128 GB 770 450 35K 91K $69.00
256GB 1570 540 71K 112K $104.00
512GB 1775 560 128.5K 128K $189.00
1024GB 1800 560 155K 128K $359.00

At costs per gigabyte ranging from 53 cents for the 128GB drive to just 35 cents for the 1TB model, these drives are among the most competitively-priced NVMe SSDs we've seen so far. Samsung's 950 Pro posts much better random and sequential speeds across the board, but the $189.99 price tag on the 256GB version works out to a nosebleed-inducing 74 cents per gig, while the $318.99 512GB model demands a somewhat less insane 62 cents per gig.

Even if the Samsung drives have better performance on paper, our reviews have found that real-world performance isn't significantly affected by these figures. By giving system builders and OEMs a more affordable NVMe option, Intel could help to advance the adoption of PCIe storage in a wide range of desktops and laptops. The 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB 600P drives will be available next week, while the 1TB drive and an upcoming 360GB model will arrive in the fourth quarter of this year.

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