Intel SSD 545s arrives with 64-layer 3D TLC flash aboard

Intel's got a new SSD out today, gerbils. No, don't get excited, it's not an Optane-powered model. The new drive is the SSD 545s, and it's a mainstream SATA drive that uses a Silicon Motion controller and IMFT's 64-layer 3D TLC flash. Intel says the 545s is the first drive in the world to launch using that flash technology. Moreover, in the U.S., the SSD 545s is launching exclusively at Newegg.

The specific controller inside the new drives is the SM2259. Attentive gerbils may note that this model number is just one off from the very popular SM2258 used in the Intel SSD 540, among other offerings. The new controller is so new that it's not even up on Silicon Motion's website yet. For that reason, we're not quite sure yet what the difference is between the SM2259 and the previous-generation chip.

In any case, Intel says the combination of the SM2259 controller and 256-Gbit IMFT flash chips can produce up to 550 MB/s in sequential reads and 500 MB/s in sequential writes. Random performance stands at 75,000 IOPS for reads and 90,000 IOPS for writes. Those numbers put it squarely in the same range as other quality SATA SSDs like Crucial's MX300 and Samsung's 850 EVO. PC Perspective tested the SSD 545s and found that it mostly bore out Intel's claims.

Historically, Intel enjoys a small price premium on its SSDs thanks to the company's perceived reliability advantage. The SSD 545s has a lavish (for a mainstream SSD) five-year warranty. Storage Review found a nasty firmware bug in its testing that hung the whole machine, though. Intel already confirmed the bug's existence and promised a firmware fix, so props to the company for its quick response.

The only drive available right now is the 512 GB model, but the boys in blue intend to extend the range down to 128 GB and up to 2 TB. You can pick up Intel's SSD 545s right now at Newegg for $180, which is apparently a sale price lasting until Monday. Even still, we might hold off for that firmware update.

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    • HERETIC
    • 2 years ago

    What a pleasant surprise-SATA SSD’s have been in a race to the bottom for
    several months now.
    There’s no doubt the 850EVO holds the budget/performance crown-but this
    gets close.
    Couple of reviews I’ve read-It’s a improvement over the 540,and seems to have
    fixed the latency problems the 600P and MX300 has with 32 layer 3D.
    10,000-4K-QD1 read——-(what blue spinny thing)haha………………

    • Shobai
    • 2 years ago

    Ooh, squeaking of SSDs, did everyone catch [url=http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/endurance-test-of-samsung-850-pro-comes-to-an-end-after-9100tb-of-writes.html<]The Guru of 3D's[/url<] coverage of a German print Magazine's SSD endurance testing? It just recently finished up with the final drive failing, some interesting stuff in there.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    I don’t see any IMFT 3D NAND appearing in NVMe offerings anywhere in the market. Is that because there aren’t any or am I just not looking hard enough?

    I don’t want SATA to die off, but at the same time the lack of affordable NVMe storage is slowing down adoption rates and keeping prices high.

      • Glaring_Mistake
      • 2 years ago

      Well, I don’t think it’s been a particularly popular choice for NVME drives but the Intel 600p uses their 3D TLC NAND (naturally).
      It’s also used in the Adata XPG SX8000 (3D MLC NAND) and most likely in the Adata XPG SX7000 (3D TLC NAND).

      Aside from those I can’t really think of any others though.

    • LostCat
    • 2 years ago

    I like their “Reliable storage you can trust” ad on Newegg. Is there some unreliable storage I can trust? Or etc :p

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]Storage Review found a nasty firmware bug in its testing that hung the whole machine[/quote<]If you ever feel useless in life, just remember it's someone's job to QC products at Intel.

      • rnalsation
      • 2 years ago

      Whenever i think of Intel SSDs I think firmware bugs on every model I’ve used. I especially like the unpatched one on the 320 series that bricks them until you do a secure wipe.

    • EzioAs
    • 2 years ago

    And here’s a review of the 512GB version on [url=http://www.anandtech.com/show/11571/the-intel-ssd-545s-512gb-review-64layer-3d-tlc-nand-hits-retail<]AnandTech[/url<]

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