Intel DC P4510 8TB U.2 SSD High-Capacity Storage for just $389

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The Intel DC P4510 (SSDPE2KX080T851) is an enterprise NVMe 8TB SSD that originally held a significant cost differential when juxtaposed with consumer-grade hardware. Nevertheless, as with many enterprise solutions, aging tech results in price reductions. The P4510, which initially retailed for over $5,000, is now available for $399.99, with a slightly reduced price of $389.99 at the Server Part Deals online store.

Designed with a 2.5-inch 15mm form factor, the Intel DC P4510 utilizes Intel's 512 Gb 64-layer 3D TLC NAND, and its storage capacities vary between 1TB and 8TB. In terms of performance, the SSD employs a PCIe 3.1 x4 interface, achieving sequential read and write speeds of up to 3,200 MB/s and 3,000 MB/s, respectively. Its random operations reach up to 620,000 IOPS for reads and 139,500 IOPS for writes.

Comparatively, the SSD's cost per gigabyte is around 5 cents, aligning it with the price range of the Samsung 870 QVO 8TB, a leading cost-effective 8TB SATA SSD. It's crucial to differentiate that the P4510 provides PCIe 3.1-level performance, while the Samsung 870 QVO operates at SATA velocities.

A consideration for potential users is the P4510's reliance on the U.2 interface, less prevalent in today's mainstream motherboards. Despite initial interest in the U.2 interface, it didn't secure a dominant market position. However, interface adaptability is attainable, with U.2 to M.2 adapters priced at $28.88 on Amazon and U.2 to PCIe adapters from $35.61. Including adapter costs, the P4510 maintains its appeal for users desiring PCIe 3.1 speeds as auxiliary storage.

From an energy efficiency perspective, the P4510 requires 5W during idle periods and up to 16W when active. Its power draw at idle matches an 8TB hard drive, although its operational consumption is double.

Durability remains a strength for the P4510, as Intel denotes its endurance at 1 DWPD (drive write per day) and supports it with a five-year warranty. This endurance equates to 13,880 TBW (terabytes written) or 13.88 PBW (petabytes written). In a standard consumer scenario, the P4510 SSD would present consistent performance over multiple years, outpacing several system renewals.


Source: Toms hardware

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