Intel 760p Series SSD review

Intel 760p Series SSD review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

Apart from the price of graphics cards being too damn high, thanks to bitcoin mining, the biggest pet peeve with computing today are the lack of affordable and fast NVMe solid-state storage. Thankfully, this is changing, and Intel’s new 760p Series SSD is making us absolutely giddy.

Built on Intel’s new 64-layer 3D NAND technology, the 760p Series SSD doubles the speed and is nearly as affordable as its previous consumer SSDs. 

Features

Intel’s 760p Series SSDs utilize the company’s 64-layer 3D NAND technology, which is twice as dense as the 32-layer NAND used on the company’s 600p Series SSDs. Intel promises its new drives will be nearly twice as fast and more energy-efficient than before because of this doubling in density.

The sequential read and write speeds of the 512GB capacity 760p Series are 3,230 MB/s and 1,625 MB/s, respectively. In comparison, the 512GB Intel SSD 600p’s sequential read and write speeds are 1,775 MB/s and 560 MB/s, respectively.

Additionally, it’s fast enough to put Samsung’s almost undisputed 960 Evo SSDs on edge. Samsung’s NVMe drive still gets the edge with sequential read and write speeds of 3,200 MB/s and 1,800 MB/s, respectively, although it is also more expensive at $229 (£223, AU$315) for a 500GB capacity unit. 

BENCHMARKS

  • Crystaldisk Mark (Sequential) Read: 3,056.6 MB/s Write: 1,606.6 MB/s
  • Crystaldisk Mark (Random) Read: 384.3 MB/s; Write: 322 MB/s
  • ATTO Benchmark (Sequential) Read: 2,843 MB/s; Write: 1,617 MB/s

Performance

intel 760

According to our testing, the 512GB Intel 760p Series SSD achieved sequential read and write speeds of 3,056.6 MB/s and 1,606.6 MB/s, respectively. In spite of not quite hitting on the promised speeds, we expect further driver updates will only make the performance better.

Comparatively, the Samsung 960 Evo is still faster with sequential read and write speeds of 3394.9 MB/s and 1949.3 MB/s. Ultimately, you’ll also have to pay a higher price for the faster connection

Furthermore, the Intel 760p Series SSD offers enough high-speed read performance to make it an ideal storage device for gamers. We were able to run asset-heavy, open-world games like Assassin’s Creed Origins like a breeze while getting into Windows 10 in an incredibly short time.

Although this drive’s slightly sluggish write speed might not suit impatient video editors, the Samsung 960 Pro offers a much faster sequential write speed of 2,100 MB/s.

Pros Cons
Affordably priced Slightly sluggish write speeds
Blazing quick read speeds No 1TB or 2TB capacities yet

Final verdict

Intel’s 760p Series SSDs are a major step up in terms of solid-state drives that support NVMe. It’s not often that we see storage rise to this level of speed.

Additionally, it is extremely affordable.

A 512GB SSD from Kingston for $199 (about £140, AU$250) isn’t outrageously expensive either, and a 256GB SSD from Toshiba for $109 (about £80) is almost too good to be true. Hopefully, this trend will continue to a 1TB model that costs under 400 dollars.