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


Linear Write and Real World File Transfer Testing

AIDA64 Disk Benchmark

We’ve had some people ask for AIDA64 linear write tests to be done, so we fired that utility up to see what would happen.

When you take a look at extended sustained write performance you’ll see that the performance was fairly smooth at the start and then once the drive was almost 30% full the performance dropped. Performance was right around 610-615 MB/s at the start and then dropped to around 540 MB/s for the remainder of the test. The peak write speed seen was 615.6 MB/s with the low being 489.1 MB/s. It took 7 minutes and 11 seconds to completely fill this drive and the average speed was 565.6 MB/s.

The performance drop was unexpected, but was likely due to the fact we had another utility open to monitor drive temperatures. We’ll go back and re-test at a later date.

Real World File Transfer

Before we wrap things up we wanted to see how real-world was when writing a movie folder containing seven 1080P movies over to the SSD. For this test, we are going to simply stress write performance by transferring over a 30.6GB folder of movies off of a PCIe NVMe SSD to the drive being tested to see how performance looks.

The Intel Optane SSD 800P 118GB finished this test with a speed of 558.5 MB/s. No where near the blistering 1479 MB/s seen on the Intel Optane SSD 900P 480GB, but still faster than any SATA III SSD. It would be nice to see sequential write speeds a little faster on the 800P series as budget PCIe NVMe drives like the DREVO ARES 256GB drive are able to beat it by a fair bit and cost half the price and have higher storage capacity. The Random Read/Write performance is amazing on the 800P series, but it feels like a normal SATA III SSD when you are moving around large game, movie or audio directories.

We’ll talk more about that in the conclusion on the next page.