Sharp-eyed storage-watchers have noticed some new Intel solid state disks with Chipzilla's Optane 3D Xpoint memory/storage aboard popping up on web stores.
Four SKUs are listed in many web shops, all with the name 900P, but the following product numbers and qualities:
- SSDPE21D280GASM, a 2.5-inch drive with 280GB capacity and U.2 or M.2 connections
- SSDPE21D280GASX, as above, but with PCIE 4.0 connector
- SSDPED1D280GASX, a 280GB add-in card for PCIE 4.0
- SSDPED1D480GASX, a 480GB add-in card, again for PCIE 4.0
El Reg has searched on the four SKUs and found at least ten retailers that either list them or say they're in stock now. Prices vary, but hover around US$640 for the 280GB drives and $1,050 for the 480GB model.
Speed data is harder to find, but PCIE 4.0 means the chance of 8GB/s I/O.
What we can tell you is that these disks are smaller than promised variants of Intel's first Optane disks, the P4800X range released in March 2017. Word on the street suggests these new products are intended as boot drives, rather than fast secondary storage. If so, Intel's throwing down the gauntlet to other SSD-makers. ®