Computers tend to slow down as time goes by as the software being run continuously evolves and becomes more demanding. This is something that we can’t really prevent. If you are running an older style hard disk drive, one way to give your system an immediate boost is by upgrading to an SSD. If your machine supports M.2 NVMe drives, you may just want to consider the Intel SSD 600p series.
Let’s take a brief look at the new Intel drive to help you work out whether it is a suitable choice for you. Firstly, this is one of the first NVMe drives that features a 3D TLC NAND Flash memory. In this particular series, Intel chose the Silicon Motion SM2260 controller – it has been paired with Intel 384Gb 32-layer 3D TLC NANA Flash memory. In plain English, this means that this should be a solid little drive.
- Interface: PCIe 3.0×4
- Form Factor: Single-Sided M.2 2280
- SLC Cache: Up to a total of 32GB
- Capacities (in GBs): 128, 256, 512, 1024
- NAN: Intel 384GB
- Sequential Read: Up to 1775 MB/s
- Sequential Write: Up to 560 MB/s
- 4k Random Write: Up to 128K IOPS
- 4k Random Read: Up to 155K IOPS
- Idle: 40 mW
- Active: 100 mW
- MTBF: 1,600,000 hours
Capacity Choices and Performance
The Intel SSD 600p series comes in four capacity choices, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. Each of the drives is able to work in both laptops and desktops, with the appropriate M.2 SSD slots. We reviewed the 512GB version.
Like all SSDs, the performance is going to be based on the capacity. The 512GB version offers up to 1775 MB/s sequential reads with 560 MB/s sequential writes. In our tests, we only briefly came close to those peaks but for a number of tests, the 600p performed under expected speeds. That said, it’s important to understand Intel’s target market for this drive. With that in mind, the performance was reasonable. If you’re looking for peak performance, you can also consider the 1TB which is slightly faster.
Use with Intel SSD Toolbox
This product can be used with Intel SSD Toolbox. By using this utility, you will be able to look at the drive’s endurance, look at additional S.M.A.R.T details, see how much space you’re using, securely erase and update the firmware.
Overall, we would recommend the Intel SSD 600p Series if you typically have light workloads and are not constantly moving large amounts of data around. It is affordable and Intel has obviously put some thought into building an economical consumer grade SSD drive. It is also backed by a 5-year limited warranty which makes this product even more appealing.