PCPer Live! Intel SSD Live Stream and Giveaway!

Subject: General Tech, Storage, Shows and Expos | April 2, 2015 - 08:19 PM |
Tagged: video, sdd, live, Intel, giveaway, contest

UPDATE: The secret is out! Today's live stream will focus on the new Intel SSD 750 Series products, which Allyn posted our review of just a few minutes ago. Be sure you read up on that story and prepare your questions for our event that starts in less than three hours!

UPDATE 2: If you missed the live streaming event today, you can find the reply embedded directly below. You can't win any of the prizes at this point (sorry!) but there is a ton of information for you to gleam from the discussion. That includes a history of Intel's SSD technology, how flash works and what the new SSD 750 Series has to offer with PCIe and NVMe. Enjoy!

Earlier this month we spotted a new and potentially very exciting SSD while looking through some PAX East coverage around the web. It appears to be a PCI Express based Intel SSD, likely based on the same technology as the P3700-series of NVMe drives released last June. And today, if you take a look at this Intel promotional landing page you'll see a timer and countdown that ends on April 2nd.

Sounds like something must be up, huh?

Well, in totally unrelated news, PC Perspective and Intel are partnering together for a live stream to discuss "SSD related topics" on April 2nd.

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Intel SSD Live Stream and Giveaway

12pm PT / 3pm ET - April 2nd

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Joining us for the live event will be Intel's Bryn Pilney and Kei Kobayashi, making a follow up appearance after jumping on stage with us at Quakecon 2014. During the event we'll discuss some of the history of Intel's move into the SSD market, how consumers benefit from Intel development and technology and a certain new product that will be making an appearnce on that same day.

And of course, what's a live stream event without some hardware to give away?!? Here's what we have on the docket for those that attend:

  • 2 x Intel 180GB 530 Series SSDs
  • 2 x Intel 480GB 730 Series SSDs
  • 2 x Intel 400GB 750 Series SSDs

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Huge thanks to Intel for supporting our viewers and readers with hardware to giveaway!

The event will take place Thursday, April 2nd at 3pm ET / 12pm PT at http://www.pcper.com/live. There you’ll be able to catch the live video stream as well as use our chat room to interact with the audience, asking questions for me and Intel to answer live. To win the prizes you will have to be watching the live stream, with exact details of the methodology for handing out the goods coming at the time of the event.

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If you have questions, please leave them in the comments below and we'll look through them just before the start of the live stream. Of course you'll be able to tweet us questions @pcper and we'll be keeping an eye on the IRC chat as well for more inquiries. What do you want to know and hear from Intel?

So join us! Set your calendar for this coming Thursday at 3pm ET / 12pm PT and be here at PC Perspective to catch it. If you are a forgetful type of person, sign up for the PC Perspective Live mailing list that we use exclusively to notify users of upcoming live streaming events including these types of specials and our regular live podcast. I promise, no spam will be had!

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March 27, 2015 | 07:11 PM - Posted by KC (not verified)

Is it an international giveaway?

April 1, 2015 | 02:45 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout


April 2, 2015 | 09:09 PM - Posted by Rick0502 (not verified)

Who won??

April 3, 2015 | 11:37 PM - Posted by Dvon E (not verified)

For those who didn't find it already, here is the Official Tweet:

Ryan Shrout @ryanshrout

Winners from yesterdays @IntelSSD stream are: Nishchit, Aaron M., Xaver A., Mark R., James W., Arendi. Check your email!

March 27, 2015 | 07:11 PM - Posted by Matt Carney (not verified)

What is the performance in NVMe over AHCI in the real world (windows/app load times, video rending, etc)?

March 29, 2015 | 12:04 AM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

Here are some links I have been researching on these new drives. M.2 stuff and PCIe 3. Really need the new X99 boards to boot from these. You can get them to boot on older mobo, but need lots of bios messing.

But they are 2 to 4 times as fast as regular ssd.

You can find these on Amazon, but they have been pulled out of servers and are priced extremely high due to limited availability. New ones will hit soon, much lower priced.





March 30, 2015 | 01:06 AM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

More info on these NVMe drives and what OS will work with them.


March 27, 2015 | 09:11 PM - Posted by Val

Cool, another giveaway! Me like it.

Ryan, ask them what's the history of the logo! Why a skull??

March 28, 2015 | 12:14 AM - Posted by Sonic4Spuds

I wish there was a way you could do these during the time those of us with day jobs could watch, but still looking forward to it.

March 28, 2015 | 12:40 AM - Posted by Bianchi4me (not verified)

Will this drive be featuring Intel's super-helpful autobrick technology? Love hardware that deliberately self-destructs in the name of reliability.

April 1, 2015 | 05:18 PM - Posted by Polycrastinator (not verified)

I'm guessing that's a security feature. If you can't reliably write, you can't secure erase. So brick the drive. Although I'd love to see a bit more control added to how that happens.

March 28, 2015 | 04:36 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Before anyone decide to get that 730, they should thoroughly read this http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/news/storage-news/rumor-control-intel-730... first.

March 31, 2015 | 02:30 PM - Posted by Fwiler (not verified)

Yes, it confirms that the 730 does have the capacitors.
So no issue.

March 28, 2015 | 07:29 AM - Posted by collie

I'll be there to start for sure, I'm just afraid that it will be like the motherboard live show a few months ago, where it's over my head, outside my intrest and WAY to complicated to be entertaining. We will see tho.......

I'm not in to win, BUTTTTTT one of those 180GB 530s would be nice upgrade

March 28, 2015 | 01:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Everything even slightly technology related is over your head, and you appear to have no innate ability to learn!
It's best to not to expect the technology world to be simplified in order for you to understand, it simply does not work that way. Anything even remotely difficult is "outside (Your) intrest", and that includes simple reasoning skills.

What is entertaining is watching you repeatedly make a fool out of yourself! With you it's always the peanut gallery school of thought, and that about sizes up the maximum amount of gray-matter between the thick layer of bone and your scalp!

March 28, 2015 | 02:41 PM - Posted by collie

Awwwww, you make me all squishy inside. thanks for taking the time to be insulting, makes me feel important. Dont forget to tip your waitress!

March 29, 2015 | 06:51 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Is there gray matter between the skull and the scalp? Seems to me that the brain is inside the skull and the scalp is on the outside. Guess that clears some shit up. You aren't a bitchy idiot, you are an unknown life form. Your mastery of a keyboard is impressive I suppose, do you have fingers like us or do you master ate in ways that would blow our minds. PLEASE ENLIGHTEN US, oh great dickwad from beyond

April 5, 2015 | 10:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

you couldn't possibly big a bigger fag. I hope you electrocute yourself while unplugging you Chromebook.

April 1, 2015 | 05:20 PM - Posted by Polycrastinator (not verified)

I found that watching this stuff, more sank in than I thought, and after 3 or 4 such shows, I understood way more of the 4th than I had of the 1st. Just roll with it, Google the stuff you don't understand, and soak it up.

March 28, 2015 | 11:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Will the PCIE NVMe SSDs require us to use Windows 8 or can we use it as our boot drive with Windows 7?

March 28, 2015 | 02:26 PM - Posted by Humanitarian

Hnnnngggg, hype!

March 28, 2015 | 07:04 PM - Posted by bitfixer

An important question, will Kei Kobayashi require the winners to solve the Kobayashi Maru before shipping the SSDs? I need to know BEFORE the giveaway begins. These are always very informative. I will make the time to watch. Thank you!

March 28, 2015 | 09:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Maybe run a video called P3500 its about damn time?
If its something close thats even less than the projected $600 that will be exciting.

Good luck to those not working Thursday afternoon!

March 29, 2015 | 12:08 AM - Posted by Branthog

Considering Samsung can't seem to get their shit together and are just playing a game of "wait out the warranty" with their unfortunate customers, I'm eagerly awaiting new technology and new prices from competitors.

March 29, 2015 | 01:51 PM - Posted by failedjedi

Nice, hope I win. I'm upgrading my PC this week so this would go along nice with a new PC.

March 29, 2015 | 02:42 PM - Posted by slugbug55

Will be there if I can.

March 30, 2015 | 02:12 PM - Posted by Gunbuster

Does the Intel blue devil skull branding work for anyone? I wish they would do something a little more up scale...

March 31, 2015 | 07:32 PM - Posted by Shane (not verified)

2 X in raid......crazy

March 31, 2015 | 07:43 PM - Posted by gamesinger

1. What effect will you see on your graphics card when you use a PCIe SSD while video editing or gaming ?

2. Are you doing any testing to show differences between SSD SATA and PCIe while video editing or gaming ?

3. What is the max memory you can have on a PCIe SSD ?

4. How is 3D V-NAND going to affect pricing of PCIe and SATA SSDs ?

April 1, 2015 | 05:26 PM - Posted by Polycrastinator (not verified)

1. How widespread do you expect the support for NVMe boot to be in the near future? Just newer boards, or should we expect older stuff to get BIOS updates to support it? (Says the owner of a P67 based system.)

2. Will the average user actually see any benefits from a PCIE SSD, or is it only benchmarking/bragging rights/specialized applications that truly benefit?

3. How do PCIE slot devices fit in with the move to SATA Express and M.2? Competitors or complementary, and why?

April 2, 2015 | 01:14 PM - Posted by Kaos_Drem (not verified)

1. Given that the 750series is a client/consumer drive that will have the possibility of being handled in a non-safe way, how will the pcb be protected during installation and removal?

2. Are there any plans for going back to black heatsinks or cases as an homage to the x25-M?

April 2, 2015 | 02:28 PM - Posted by qqqvid

I'd buy that for a dollar : )

April 2, 2015 | 03:01 PM - Posted by razor512

What is the write endurance of an individual flash cell, and outside of the warranty writes, how much writes can we realistically expect to get from the SSD?

(e.g., will it safely handle scratch disk usage? )

April 2, 2015 | 03:02 PM - Posted by nathanddrews

When can we expect SSD pricing to get below $500 for a single 2TB drive?

April 2, 2015 | 03:06 PM - Posted by db87

Can't wait... :D

April 2, 2015 | 03:07 PM - Posted by Tabish (not verified)

Thanks for the review. Watching the livestrean right now.

Count me in for the giveaway !

April 2, 2015 | 03:11 PM - Posted by Srgnt Ballistic (not verified)

This would certainly start my new X99 editing rig build out right!

April 2, 2015 | 03:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How will the higher transfer rates impact the longevity of the drive?

April 2, 2015 | 03:17 PM - Posted by Martin Ducre (not verified)

I have a ASUS P9X79WS motherboard on a 2011 socket X79 on a 4930K CPU, Can I use the PCI-E version of the card on my system and have it be bootable??

April 2, 2015 | 03:29 PM - Posted by jbaker22

Do you think there will be a cpu with a memory like an ssd in the l3 cache in the future?

April 2, 2015 | 03:38 PM - Posted by elliot (not verified)

hey guys

April 2, 2015 | 03:46 PM - Posted by kokaba

I cant find the form for giveaway.

April 2, 2015 | 04:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Can you say it one more time a little slower? please

April 2, 2015 | 04:19 PM - Posted by metaljeff (not verified)

It was really hard to catch that web address and passphrase. Was not able to enter. Watching the stream though, looks like some great drives!

April 2, 2015 | 07:09 PM - Posted by Skilled Rebuilds (not verified)

Winners Drawn?

April 2, 2015 | 08:45 PM - Posted by Airbrushkid (not verified)

Yeah who are then winners? You said you tweet them but I keep checking and see nothing.

You said price would be $389.00 for the 400 gig. But Amazon has it for $488.??

April 2, 2015 | 10:30 PM - Posted by Ashphalt (not verified)

How about windows 10 NVMe driver?
I'm sure if Windows 8.1 has it Windows 10 would have it?

April 3, 2015 | 05:17 AM - Posted by Ashphalt (not verified)

Sorry should of watched the whole video.
Question answered.

April 3, 2015 | 06:11 AM - Posted by Skilled Rebuilds (not verified)

Are you going to let us who didn't win the fact you've chosen winners already..and don't wait up...

April 3, 2015 | 07:07 AM - Posted by OnnA A. (not verified)

Count me in for the giveaway please :-)

April 3, 2015 | 07:57 AM - Posted by liha22

Who got the ssd? a list?

April 3, 2015 | 09:00 AM - Posted by DieHard (not verified)

Still no giveaway winners?

April 3, 2015 | 10:40 AM - Posted by Dom (not verified)

did they give a reason as to why they didnt using Sata Express for the 2.5"version?

April 3, 2015 | 11:43 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thought you were going to tweet the winners Ryan?

April 4, 2015 | 02:00 PM - Posted by lantian (not verified)

was it US only, since it was the stream was blocked in Germany just like the last nvidia one?

April 4, 2015 | 03:18 PM - Posted by liha22

it was international and it was streamed at Youtube and twitch. you can try to watch at twitch next time.

April 4, 2015 | 08:03 PM - Posted by Pagan Mutant (not verified)

The 2.5" version requires the ASUS "Hyper Kit".
So ... Where do we get one from?

I found it stated somewhere that the SSD comes with the "cable" ... which is worthless by itself ... without something to plug it into.

"JJ" from ASUS implied that one comes with the Sabertooth X99 motherboard, yet I see none of the ASUS motherboards showing the "Hyper Kit" in their list of accessories, etc. ... nor anywhere else, for that matter.

Search for the "Hyper Kit" on the ASUS site.
It's like they've never heard of it ... other than merely quoting someone's review of the Intel 750 Series SSD ... and how it requires the ASUS "Hyper Kit" (and thus we're back where we started from).

I've Googled it and all I get are the similar SSD Review references ... nothing stating where one can get one from, nor does it show up on Amazon, etc..

When anyone out there successfully completes a purchase and receipt of a 2.5" version, could you please post a note to let us all know what was (and wasn't) included in the package. (Did it include the "Hyper Kit"?) Thanks.

April 4, 2015 | 08:42 PM - Posted by Pagan Mutant (not verified)

Interesting ... That Sabertooth X99 is still in my "Compare list" and I was looking at its specs a couple hours earlier ... but they've since removed it entirely from the site. (It was the motherboard that might include the ASUS Hyper Kit required for the 2.5" version of the 750 SSD.) I guess that's because it's apparently not yet available. (None on Amazon.)

The motherboard I'd rather have that Hyper Kit for (to use the 2.5" 750 SSD) is, however, the Rampage V Extreme/U3.1.

April 6, 2015 | 02:01 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

Intel told us the 2.5" model comes with the cable (not the Hyper Kit module).

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