Final thoughts and the conclusion
A modern operating system such as Windows 8 rarely does one
thing at time; it processes hundreds of threads at once. Just take a look at
the processes and services that are running in task manager for an idea of how
much is going on, even with the PC idling at the desktop. When you start
running applications on top of this, the workload increases in line with the number
and type of applications you are running. It’s also fair to say that many of
these processes are already loaded into system RAM, but many are also loaded into
and unloaded from RAM to the system drive as and when they are required.
If we look at the 4 basic requirements for a really fast
SSD, they are as follows.
- Small file threaded performance needs to be high.
- Small random file performance needs to be high.
- Sequential read and write speeds need to be high.
- Fast access times.
The Intel 750 NVMe series SSDs have all of these attributes
in abundance, and feel very snappy in use as system drive.
I have only had the Intel 750 NVMe 1.2TB SSD for a few weeks,
so it’s not possible to comment on the drive’s long term reliability. However,
during the testing period, this SSD has been 100% stable and has caused no
The Intel 750 NVMe SSDs are as “plug n play” as it gets,
providing you are running Windows 8.1 or later, and you have a motherboard
which supports ‘boot from NVMe’. If you don’t have a motherboard which supports
‘boot from NVMe’ then you may need to find a workaround to allow you to boot
the operating system from the Intel 750 NVMe SSD. If you can’t find a
workaround to boot the drive, then you can still use the Intel 750 NVMe SSD as
perhaps a scratch disk for something like Photoshop, and to be honest, the
Intel 750 NVMe, and the OCZ REVODrive 350 are much better suited to this task
than as a system drive.
If you have an operating system older than Windows 8.1, then
you will require the NVMe drivers which are supplied by Intel. You will also
have to inject these drivers, at say for example, during the installation of
the operating system if it is older than Windows 8.1.
The 750 NVMe 1.2TB PCIe SSD is a little slow at booting
Windows 8.1. It took some seven seconds longer to boot Windows 8.1, than many
of the SATA SSDs that I have recently tested. Once Windows 8.1 has booted to
the desktop, the Intel 750 NVMe SSD is blindingly fast. It just takes a little
bit longer to reach the desktop than some other drives.
Let us summarise the most important positive and negative
- Silky smooth operation as system drives.
- Outstanding sequential reading and writing performance,
even at very low queue depths.
- Outstanding 4K random writing performance, at low and high
- Outstanding 4k random reading performance at very low, and
very high queue depths.
- TRIM support under Windows 7 and Windows 8.
- Completely silent operation.
- Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times.
- Very fast in ‘real world scenarios’.
- Low power consumption considering the amount of grunt the
- Price. The Intel 750 NVMe SSD is expensive.
- A little bit slow to boot Windows 8.1
To sum up, this is what I
As operating system drive, the Intel 750 NVMe is pretty hard
to fault. Performance is outstanding and this SSD proved to be very stable
during the testing period. However, make no mistake, the Intel 750 NVMe range
of SSDs is aimed squarely at the professional user, rather than the casual PC
user, who only uses the PC for lightweight tasks.
If you can utilise all the performance that the Intel 750
NVMe has on tap, then you’re going to love using this SSD. It is by far the
fastest SSD I have ever tested. The down side is, the Intel 750 NVMe SSD is
expensive, and if you can’t utilise all its power, then there are more sensible
alternatives out there, for users who mainly do lightweight computing tasks.
Price and availability
The Intel 750 NVMe 1.2TB SSD is available now, and I found
one at Scan
computers in the UK for £806.54 including VAT.
The parting sentence is:
“If you really must have the fastest consumer grade SSD
currently available, then the Intel 750 NVMe SSD is the one to have. It’s an astonishingly
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- Stability (is the device stable?)
- Supplied accessories (what is included in the package)
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