The new 670p and Optane H20 SSDs come with 144-layer QLC chips and PCIe 3.0 technology. Intel is also working on 5-cell PLC (Penta-level) chips.
We mentioned the PCIe 4.0 Optane P5800X model, which Intel introduced during the 2020 Memory and Storage event and designed for data centers. The blue team also announced the new 3D NAND 670p SSD with QLC flash chips and the H20 model with Optane support. However, it is reported that the flash development process of 5 bits per cell (PLC) continues.
As you know, the latest SSDs developed by Intel for general use were called 665p and we learned that production would end. The new 670p series SSDs that will reach the end consumers come in M.2 form factor.
In addition, Optane Memory H20, although primarily designed for laptops and OEMs, will be used in areas that require higher performance levels such as gaming, content creation and productivity applications.
Both the 670p and H20 use 144-layer chips that Intel produced with Micron. Also, let’s add that both models use QLC type chips to reduce costs and increase capacity.
Intel 670p M.2 NVMe SSD
Intel has not yet shared detailed specifications for its SSD 670p SSDs. However, the PCIe 3.0 interface continues to be used and we will see slower speeds than competing PCIe 4.0 SSDs. Although it was announced that a new controller was used in the SSD, details were not given exactly.
The 670p series will include 512 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacity options, while Pyrite 2.0 security support and end-to-end data protection will be included.
Endurance rates of 150 terabytes (TBW) per 512 GB capacity will be offered in the new storage products. As a result, the 2 TB model has an endurance value of 600 TBW, which is equivalent to the previous generation 660p.
Intel has also made improvements to the 670p’s dynamic cache. So when the drive is full, the amount of available cache will increase, and an adaptive amount of SLC flash will be used to retrieve data routed to the underlying QLC flash. For example, when the drive is more than 35% full, the cache capacity will be 11% higher.
We generally see Blue team’s 600 series NVMe SSDs at competitive prices. The PCIe 3.0 standard will continue to be used and we do not expect to see large price increases. Intel will release the 670p SSDs in the first quarter of 2021, and we will learn more about performance values at this stage.
Intel Optane H20
Intel’s Optane H20 series uses 144 Layer QLC flash to increase capacity and reduce cost. At the same time, there is no change in the PCIe 3.0 standard like the 670p series.
The previous generation H10 series was launched with a 256 GB model. Mavi team preferred to offer only 1 TB and 2 TB models for the H20 series. The 1 TB model has 16 GB of Optane memory, while the 2 TB model has 32 GB of Optane memory.
The company is also increasing its compatibility requirements. At this point, an 11th generation Core U series mobile processor, 500 series chipset and Intel RST 18.1 version driver are required. Limited to OEM systems, these SSDs will take their place in the market in the second quarter of 2021.