Intel has quietly begun delivery its Optane SSD DC P5810X drives, which might be its final storage machine primarily based on the 3D XPoint reminiscence. The brand new SSDs provide extraordinarily excessive efficiency and supreme sturdiness at 100 drive writes per day (DWPD). Nonetheless, they’re hardly completely different from the unique Optane SSD DC P5800X-series merchandise. So, what would you anticipate from the deceased Optane division?
Intel’s Optane SSD DC P5810X sequence at present consists of 400GB and 800GB fashions that are available a 2.5-inch U.2 kind issue with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface. The drives sport efficiency figures as much as 7200 MBps sequential learn velocity in addition to as much as 5400 MBps (800GB SKU) or 6000 MBps (400GB SKU) sequential write velocity (such speeds make these drives one of many greatest SSDs at this time). As for random learn/write efficiency, the drives are able to as much as 1.5M/1.38M IOPS at a 5 µs learn/write latency.
The principle promoting level of those drives is, in fact, their endurance score of 100 DWPD, one thing that typical 3D NAND-based merchandise can’t provide, which is why Kioxia has XL-NAND and Samsung has Z-NAND (and which nonetheless can’t match the endurance of Intel’s Optane DC).
Intel’s Optane SSD DC P5810X line belongs to the codenamed Alder Stream household of drives, which already consists of P5800X-series merchandise, so it’s logical to anticipate the brand new merchandise to make use of comparable controllers and 3D XPoint reminiscence media. In the meantime, the brand new P5810X drives have a significantly greater energetic energy score than their P5810X brethren, which on the one hand, implies that they will maintain excessive temperatures for extended durations (but they aren’t going greater than 70°C), however alternatively signifies their decrease their financial effectivity.
We have no idea how precisely Intel plans to place the brand new P5810X SSDs towards present P5800X drives. Intel has barely ever publicly talked about its Optane SSD DC P5810X drives. We solely find out about them as a result of these units (together with their Optane SSD DC P5811X counterparts in ruler kind issue) handed NVMe interoperability exams early this 12 months on the College of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (the primary validator of NVMe-compliant SSDs and controllers).
Maybe a very powerful factor concerning the Optane SSD DC P5810X and Optane SSD DC P5811X is that these are in all probability the final 3D XPoint drives ever launched by Intel, as the corporate formally killed its Optane enterprise earlier this 12 months. We do not know how lengthy Intel plans to ship its 3D XPoint-based merchandise, although we’re certain that the corporate doesn’t intend to supply 3D XPoint units with a PCIe Gen5 interface.