New Intel Optane SSD 800P is fast and expensive

Intel has just expanded its Optane family of solid state drives (SSD) with the Intel Optane SSD 800P which comes in a M.2 PCIe 3.0 interface format. Although the number of products currently in this range is small, it is growing and expanding to cover all bases from consumer to enterprise scale.

From what we see of the few sites that have managed to review this drive so far, it’s much faster than the average SSD. That performance of course, comes at a price. Firstly, it’s way more expensive than the average M.2 drive, which has resulted in Intel limiting its capacities to make them more affordable to the masses.

Unlike many SSDs which are now commonly entering the mainstream market in 120GB to 240GB capacities, the Intel Optane SSD 800P is available in either 58GB or 118GB for $129 and $199 respectively.

If you were to compare it head to head with the average M.2 SSS, it would be smaller in capacity and larger in price tag, both at the same time. Let’s have a look;

Drive Capacity Price
Intel Optane SSD 800P 58GB / 118 GB $129 / $199
Sandisk X400 256GB $112.99
Kingston SSDNow 240GB $129
Samsung 960 EVO 240GB $119.99

On average, you’re paying four time the price for similar capacities as compared to other manufacturers.

BUT, according to the reviews, Intel has a better product in terms of speed. For example, while it is four times more expensive per GB than the Samsung 960 EVO, tests have shown that it also outperforms it by almost 5 times.

When SSDs first entered the market, they were competing with traditional hard drives for market share. It was an uphill battle since the technology was new and expensive. Now that the manufacturers have gotten into gear, prices are dropping and SSDs are becoming more commonplace.

With the Intel Optane series of SSDs, Intel has put itself in a competitive position where the SSD belongs – ultra fast performance in a limited capacity format that is ideal for running system files off. It’s only a matter of time that SSDs will become the standard drive, and those who have optimized the technology will be in the lead of the pack to offer ultra-fast system boot up speeds and also for critical applications.