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Intel DC P3700 1.6TB NVMe Enterprise SSD Review – An Awesome Machine

Posted 10 July 2014 12:26 CET by Jeremy Reynolds

 

 

Review: Intel DC P3700 1.6TB NVMe Enterprise SSD Reviewed by: J.Reynolds Provided by: Intel Firmware version: 8DV1004

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Intel DC P3700 1.6TB NVMe Enterprise SSD (hereafter referred to as the Intel P3700).

This is the first NVMe drive we have reviewed.  NWMe stands for ‘Non-Volatile Memory express’.  NVMe, is a specification that allows a solid-state drive to make effective use of a high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express bus in a computer. Intel has taken a leadership role in the implementation of NVMe and is the first to bring an NVMe drive to market.

Fortunately for Myce, our partner OakGate Technology has been at the forefront of NVMe testing and validation.  OakGate’s Marketing Director, Vipul Mehta says - "OakGate Technology was the first company to offer an advanced test platform for NVMe flash storage. Working closely with industry leaders, the company has incorporated a number of cutting-edge features and functions for PCIe flash products supporting both NVMe and AHCI protocols. Today, all leading suppliers of solid state storage rely on OakGate's systems for test and validation of their NVMe products."  Check out Oakgate’s website - here

So please read this review for an authoritative performance assessment of the Intel P3700 – it is a truly amazing drive!

Market Positioning and Specification

Market Positioning

This is how Intel positions the Intel P3700 –

 

Specification

Here is Intel’s specification for the Intel P3700 series –

 

NVMe

Here is a brief introduction to NVMe, taken from the NVMe organisation’s website

The NVM Express specification, developed cooperatively by more than 80 companies from across the industry, was released on March 1, 2011, by the NVMHCI Work Group (commonly referred to as the NVM Express Work Group). The NVM Express 1.0 specification defines an optimized register interface, command set and feature set for PCI Express® (PCIe®) Solid-State Drives (SSDs). The NVM Express 1.1 specification was released on October 11, 2012 adding additional Enterprise and Client capabilities. The goal is to deliver the full performance capabilities of current and next generation non-volatile memory, supporting at least a 10 year life of the interface, while standardizing the PCIe SSD interface to enable broad ecosystem support.

The significant advances in performance enabled by non-volatile memory-based storage technology, as embodied in PCIe-based SSDs, has demanded the surrounding platform infrastructure evolve to keep pace, to realize the full potential of these devices. A primary goal of NVM Express is to provide a scalable interface that unlocks the potential of PCIe-based SSDs now and at least a decade into the future. The interface efficiently supports multi-core architectures, ensuring thread(s) may run on each core with their own SSD queue and interrupt without any locks required. For Enterprise class solutions, there is support for end-to-end data protection, security and encryption capabilities, as well as robust error reporting and management capabilities.

The NVM Express Work Group is directed by a multi-member Promoter Group of companies that includes Cisco, Dell, EMC, HGST, Intel, LSI, Micron, NetApp, Oracle, PMC-Sierra, Samsung, SanDisk and Seagate.

 

Product Image

Here are some pictures of the Intel P3700 1.6TB we tested –

 

 

 


Now let's head to the next page, to look at Myce’s Enterprise Testing Methodology.....

 

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