Intel Optane SSD 800P 58GB and 118GB SSD Review

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The SSD Benchmark Test System & TRIM Support

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (version 1709 build 16299) and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. This means windows defender, windows update, disk fragmentation and everything else that would interfere with testing was disabled. Windows 10 also had the power option set to high performance and we also disabled c-states and Turbo mode on the Intel Core i5-8400 to ensure our numbers are spot on and repeatable.

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING Motherboard

The Intel Z370 platform that we used to test the storage drives was based around the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F Gaming motherboard with BIOS 0607 that came out on February 2nd, 2018. We used Intel Chipset Driver v10.1.1.45, Intel Management Engine Interface v11.7.0.1045 and Intel RST v15.9.0.1015 drivers. This is important to point out as they include some of the fixes for Meltdown and Spectre design flaws that have recently rocked the PC Market. The Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 16GB 3200MHz memory kit was run with CL15 memory timings and a Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD was used as the primary drive.

Intel Z370 Test Bench

Intel LGA 1151 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core i5-8400

Motherboard

ASUS STRIX Z370-F Gaming

Memory

Corsair Vengeange LPX 3200MHz 16GB

OS Drive

Samsung 850 PRO 512GB

Power Supply

Corsair RM850x

Operating System

Windows 10 64-Bit

CrystalDiskInfo 7.5.2 Readout:

The readout on CrystalDiskInfo 7.5.2 shows that the Intel Optane SSD 800P Series supports S.M.A.R.T. and nothing else. The drives we received had firmware version K4110410 installed and that is the version that we used for general testing and benchmarking.

The overall capacity shows up as 54.7GB on the Intel 800P 58GB and 110 GB on the Intel 800P in Windows 10 version 1709. Please remember that 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. A certain portion of capacity may be used for system file and maintenance use, thus the actual available capacity may differ from the labeled total capacity.

Does The Intel Optane SSD 800P Series Support Trim? 

Most SSDs today support the TRIM command, but we still run a quick test to ensure that the command is being properly passed through to the SSD and being done. A great free utility called TRIMCheck can be run to ensure that TRIM is functioning properly.

According to TRIMCheck v0.7, the Intel Optane SSD 800P does not execute the TRIM command correctly and this is okay. The new 3D XPoint memory on these drives performs just as good when they are full as they are empty. That means advanced garbage collection algorithms and TRIM commands are not needed to be used to keep the drive running its best. In fact, we have been told by Intel that it is never necessary to perform a secure erase (sanitary erase) on an Optane drive to restore degraded performance!

This is a big advantage for Optane 3D Xpoint based SSDs over NAND Flash based SSDs as they have steady state performance consistency.

Let’s have a look at the performance!

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