Intel 750 SSD ushers in NVME and stupid fast performance

Intel's 750-series SSD is simply stupidly fast

This is the new Intel 750 series SSD. The fastest SSD I’ve ever seen.


It’s so fast that we had problems even finding the correct ways to test it. And you can’t just run the card in any PC either. It requires a full x4 PCIe Gen 3.0 to see its greatest potential. The problem: Most consumer PCs don’t have enough bandwidth to support its capabilities. This PC is fine but only without a video card I nstalled. To really get the most out of Intel’s Samuel L. Jackso n of SSDs, you need a real system, like this Polywell X99 Ignition PC with its Haswell-E CPU and assloads of PCIe bandwidth.

What’s so special about the Intel 750 drive? It’s the first consumer SSD to support Non Volatile Memory Express or NVME. Since there’s no official pronunciation for it, I’m calling it Envy ME. ENVY ME! ENVY ME finally does away with the ancient AHCI or AKI command set. Running today’s super fast SSDs using AKI is like trying to have a Formula 1 race on a dirt track designed for horse and buggy racing.
Another way to look at it is this: AKI supports one command queue with a total of 32 commands. Envy ME supports 65,000 queues with 65,000 commands per queue.

The performance of this drive under the right conditions is over the top. I’ve seen greater than 2.7GB/s reads and 1.2GB/s writes. But it doesn’t come cheap. This 1.2TB version costs eleven hundred dollars. Dollar per gigabyte, that’s really not that bad, but it’s also not great either.
And not everyone really needs this kind of performance either. For those who do though, such as a video or audio editor or other intensive workstation tasks, the performance will justify its cost. If you’re a speed freak, you can’t get any faster than this SSD. So pardon me while I change my adult diaper.