Review: Intel SSD 730 With 480 GB Storage

Since the introduction of Intel with their SSD 320, none has been developed as good as until the latest which is the SSD 730. The SSD 730 is a client drive that was designed purely in-house and contrary to the assumption, this device is not just a rebranded version. The design was developed to increase its peak performance by using high frequency in the operation of the controller and the NAND interface. The brand may be linked to the former SSD 710 which is also an enterprise drive but this specific drive is marketed to the consumers directly. The design of the drive is embedded with a Skulltrail logo as a metaphor of how serious the features of the hardware.

The Intel SSD 730 is presented to the client market by the company as an enterprise-class drive since the NAND used in the hardware is in the same league as of the MLC-HET NAND while the rating for the endurance of the hardware is based on the workload of the JEDEC’s enterprise. The only difference is that JEDEC requires that all drive must be able to retain data for as long as one year while the enterprise drives developed can only retain data at three months, the most. By utilizing the MLC-HET, the drive is using low voltages for programming since endurance is the priority rather than the performance which generates reduced stress to the silicon oxide part of the drive.

Another feature of an enterprise-class drive is the full protection in case of any power loss. Since power-loss is the most common problem encountered in SSDs, protection against it is an attractive feature especially in high-end ones.

Enterprise class has its own pros and cons. These devices are designed to be operational 24/7 so there is no support for any form of low-power operation. Power consumption could reach 1.5W even at idle state and reach over 5W when applied with load. The Intel SSD 730 requires a huge amount of power that it is supplied with 12V to draw adequate current. One of the cons is that this drive is not for mobile use.