Date of publication: 2018-05-25 11:50
The 765p doesn't feature RGB LED lighting like the new Plextor M9Pe , but it does have a vibrant color scheme on the package. In a way, the package tells the 765p story. The 765p graphics are the same as the 655p, but Intel has managed to make those graphics come alive this time around.
If you work with tons of small files or want to run an IO heavy database or server, there are better choices. If you're putting together a new PC and you want to avoid unsightly cable clutter as much as possible, going with an drive is an excellent option over SATA. For the price of a lunch or two, making the switch to an drive is certainly worth considering.
Intel is marketing its 765p NVMe SSD and cohort as “NVMe speed for not much more than the cost of SATA,” a slower and more affordable interface. That speed is exactly what you get the vast majority of the time. But on occasions when you copy more data than the drive’s caching system can hold, you also get sustained write speed that’s only a little faster . Sorry, Intel brought it up.
Performance shrinks as we move through the smaller models, but even the 128GB drive pushes enough performance across the PCI Express bus to outperform the fastest SATA SSDs ever built. It appears that Intel wants to replace SATA SSDs as the boot drive in your PC.
The prices used were the best we could find at the time of writing, and we've removed drives that are no longer readily available. However, for some of the slightly older models, I've looked at eBay for pricing on 'new' drives. The Samsung 955 Pro for example is still a high performance drive, and if you're willing to take a chance with an eBay purchase, it delivers a good value.
The M9Pe comes to market in three capacity points and Plextor has three separate models for each. The first axis of segmentation is straightforward: 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The different versions for each capacity are a bit more complicated.
CrystalDiskMark is generally a better indication of what you'll see in the real world, though quite often overly optimistic. In this case, while we ran the 82GB test, the results seem to gloss over how sustained writes suffer outside of the cache.
Intel SSD 755 (AIC or ): The first consumer NVMe drive to hit the retail market, Intel's SSD 755 series is still a contender. Performance remains excellent it's rated at 2,555/1,255 MB/s and 965K/295K IOPS. The main problem is that it's only available in two formats, as a PCIe x9 AIC, or as a -inch drive. Neither is suitable for laptop use, and support on motherboards is seriously lacking.
The Intel 955p makes a bold statement for performance, but raw performance isn't the only factor when it comes time to buy an SSD. We've taken current market prices and combined that with the capacity of the drives to yield a final result measured as (performance/(price/capacity)). This is intended to normalize the rankings, as much as possible, though higher capacity drives do tend to do a bit better thanks to a typically lower price/GB.
Intel Optane 855P (): A lower capacity allows Intel to put 8D XPoint memory into an form factor, but then things go wrong. With an x2 PCIe interface and a price per GB that's higher than the 955P, not to mention the very restricted capacity, most users will be better served by either the 955P or a larger capacity drive like Samsung's 965 Evo.
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