Intel SSD 730 480GB Full Review - Overclocked Data Center SSD for the Enthusiast
Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup
Hmm, that looks familiar. Let's compare to a shot of the DC S3500 and S3700:
Yup, safe to say the SSD 730 is based on Intel's Data Center units.
Lets move on to a closer shot of the controller:
The part numbers of the controller is identical to the DC offerings, granted with a slightly tweaked revision. Flash is 20nm IMFT. Note the power-loss capacitors from the DC units have also carried over.
More flash populates the rear of the 480GB unit.
Our tests are a mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out!
Test System Setup
We currently employ a pair of testbeds. A newer ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt and an ASUS Z87-PRO. Variance between both boards has been deemed negligible.
PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rigs.
|Hard Drive Test System Setup|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4770K|
|Motherboard||ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/TB / ASUS Z87-PRO|
|Memory||Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9|
|Hard Drive||G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD|
|Video Card||Intel® HD Graphics 4600|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-650TX|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1 X64|
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