Intel Optane 905P Launched with Higher Capacities

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Intel Optane 905P 480GB U.2
Intel Optane 905P 480GB U.2

This week Intel finally launched higher-capacity Optane products. At STH, we noted that this was likely to happen in December 2017 in our piece Intel Optane 900p 960GB and 1.5TB AIC SSD Info Spotted. Optane is great, but capacities are low and there is another tranche of applications that it can be used for by increasing capacity. That is what the Intel Optane 905P does.

Intel Optane 905P 480GB U.2 and 960GB PCIe AIC

The Intel Optane 905P comes in two flavors that build upon the successful Intel Optane 900p generation. This is big news as Optane is awesome. STH readers have seen first hand how Intel Optane 900p series drives are game changers in some applications such as a ZFS ZIL/SLOG device.

Intel Optane 905P Launch
Intel Optane 905P Launch

For STH readers, the increased capacities allow Optane to be used in more scenarios such as database storage where 3D XPoint performs spectacularly well.

Intel Optane 905P Key Specs

Here are the key specs for the drives:

Model Name Intel® Optane™ SSD 905P Series
Capacity Half Height Half Length (HHHL) Add-in-Card: 960GB
2.5” x 15mm, Small Form Factor U.2: 480GB
Memory Media 3D XPoint™ memory media
Bandwidth: Sustained Sequential Read/Write Up to 2600 / 2200 MB/s
IOPS: Random 4KB Random Read/Write Up to 575,000 / 550,000 IOPs
Read/Write Latency <10 μs /< 10 μs
Interface PCIe* 3.0 X4, NVMe*
Form Factors, Height, and Weight HHHL AIC
68.9mm / 17.2mm / 168mm up to 230 grams
2.5” U.2
15mm / 70mm / 101mm / up to 140 grams
Life Expectancy 1.6 million hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
Lifetime Endurance3 10 Drive Writes per Day (DWPD)
Power Consumption Typical 480GB 960GB
Active Sequential Read – Average Power: 7.6W 10.7W
Burst Sequential Read: 7.7W 11.2W
Active Write – Average Power:  12.4W 14.8W
Burst Sequential Write:  12.8W 16.4W
Idle:  3.3W 6.0W
Operating Temperature4 0° C to 85° C
RoHS Compliance Meets the requirements of European Union (EU) RoHS Compliance Directives
Warranty 5-year warranty; warranty void if used in a multiuser data center environment

Although the drives to not have the highest nominal throughput, as we have shown, performance at common queue depths is well beyond what NAND flash can deliver.

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