Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts
- Among the best performance, we've seen out of a SATA SSD.
- Very competitive introductory cost (for an Intel SSD).
- All capacities not yet available.
Pricing and Warranty (MSRP)
- 128GB – ?
- 256GB – ?
- 512GB – $180 ($0.35/GB)
- 1TB – ?
- 2TB – ?
Warranty period is 5 years rated at 288 TBW (72 TBW per 128GB of capacity for future products of this line). Intel is launching the other capacities of this line later this year. For now, they have started us off with the most popular capacity point.
I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Intel 545S 512GB SSD. What initially looked to be just another client SSD turned in some very impressive figures in our test suite, beating out the Samsung 850 EVO in many tests and nearly surpassing Intel's own NVMe offerings in some of the others. It's not a flawless product, but the few issues we found occur only at the furthest workload extremes. Where the rubber meets the road, the Intel 545S looks to be among the best products out there, and the price isn't half bad either!
I'm giving the 545S a gold award, with the potential for an upgrade to editor's choice provided the street pricing comes down a tad and after we've had a chance to evaluate the other capacities of the line.