First prices of Intel Optane 900P appear online – uses PCIe 4.0 interface

Posted 24 October 2017 15:07 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Prices of Intel’s much anticipated enthusiast targeted Optane 900P SSD have appeared online, both an U.S. and Dutch online retailer have listed prices for the drive. Interestingly, the price listing also reveals that the 900P uses the PCIe 4.0 interface.

(prices on, credits

The Intel Optane 900P is the first 3D Xpoint memory powered SSD that can really be used as the main drive. Previously Intel only sold Optane caching SSDs utilizing 3D Xpoint memory that should increase system performance by storing frequently accessed files on the Optane caching disk.

With the 900P, users can fully benefit from the increased performance of 3D Xpoint memory compared to NAND flash. The drive will become available in capacities of 280GB and 480GB and Intel will sell the drive either as PCIe card and 2.5″ U.2 version with optionally an M.2. to U.2 adapter.

(prices listed on the Dutch website that compares prices of computer products)

Prices for the 280GB and 480GB are respectively $634 and $1,076 at the American retailer and €603 up to €1474, depending on the model, at the Dutch retailer. This means the price per GB is currently around $2.2, which is about 10x more expensive than the price per GB of the cheapest SSD in our Myce SSD Price Index of October last year.

The fact that the drive uses the PCIe 4.0 interface means that the maximum is theoretically limited to 8GB/s, twice the 4GB/s of PCIe 3.0 drives.

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