CNET First Look
Intel's new SSD 730 Series is a pleasure to look atCNET editor Dong Ngo reveals a secret feature of the Intel SSD 730 Series that makes it such as pleasure to look at. And that's a good thing since the drive is slated to last for a very long time.
Hey, guys. Dong Ngo here. This is the latest SSD 730 from Intel. Now, this is the standard 2.5-inch solid-state drive or SSD. You can use this in place of a regular hard drive like this one right here, or even this one. And while you do, you get a huge jump in performance. Really huge. Now, this new drive here is made of all-aluminum casing, and it feel very solid even though it's very light. Over here, you can see there's a standard SATA port right here to hook it to a computer. And on top, it use a very attractive man, sketch as a logo, making it such a pleasure to look at. Now, the new drive here support the latest SATA 6 megabit per second but also work with older version of SATA. And that means it work in virtually all applications where a regular hard drive is used. Intel say that the new drive offer outstanding endurance or program array cycle. Now, with OSSD, there's a fine [unk] of time you can write to them before they become bad. And with this one here, Intel guarantee you can write up to 70 gigabyte per day on it every day for five years before it becomes unreliable. Now, to put that in perspective, even I don't write even 1/3 of that per day and definitely not every day. Many other SSD offer just about 20 gig per day, and that's already plenty. So, in other words, chances are something else in the computer gonna break before the drive here becomes bad. Now, that's a great part. The not-so-impressive part is the power consumption. The new Intel drive here use up to 1.5 watts when idle and up to 5.5 watts when in operation. Now, that is more than actually the regular laptop hard drive. And that means the new SSD here is not exactly great for your laptop's battery life. Now, in terms of performance, in my testing, this one did quite well right in the middle of the SSD chart. Among SSD that have very small difference when compared to the huge gain when removed from a hard drive. So, you know, I like it and fine with the suggested price of $249 for 240 gigabyte or $489 for 480 gigabyte. Hopefully and very likely, the suite price is gonna be much lower, which has always been the case of SSD. And that's also because on the market right now, there are other SSD that are faster but also cheaper. Now, for more on these SSD 730 Series here, check out my full review at CNET.com or just go and get it. If you're not too impressed about the performance, well, do what I do. Get another one and put the two of them in rate zero. Yes. You can do that. And then and only then, you are allowed to use this included sticker. You see, when it comes to performance, money can really do you some happiness. I know because, well, I'm Dong Ngo. And this has been the first look at the SSD 730 Series from Intel.