Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

Internals

Outside:

If these look familiar to you, you'd be right. Let's add a couple of more parts in here:

At the top are the Optane Memory 16GB and 32GB parts.

I pulled the labels off of all four devices for a closer look. PCB layout is mostly identical save some slight rearranging of components that used to be on the back edge. Also worth noting was that the Optane Memory parts came with a copper layer embedded into their label, while the 800P had a standard label with no need for a copper layer. Part numbers of the media packages are as follows:

  • 16GB: 1x 29P16B1BLDNF2 (1 die in 1 package)
  • 32GB: 2x 29P16B1CLDNF2 (1 die per package)
  • 58GB: 2x 29P32B1AMDNF2 (2 dies per package)
  • 118GB: 2x 29P64B2AMDNF2 (4 dies per package)

In case you wanted to see further inside, we can cheat a bit with a photo I snagged elsewhere:

Those curious how 3D XPoint media actually works can check out my article on the topic.

Testing Methodology

Our tests are a mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. We have developed a custom test suite as off-the-shelf tests just no longer cut it for in-depth storage testing. More details on the next page. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out!

Test System Setup

We have several storage testbeds. A newer ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt and a Gigabyte Z170X SOC Force (for RAID testing). Future PCIe and SATA device testing, including this review, take place on an ASUS Sabertooth X99, which comes equipped with USB 3.1, M.2, and can also handle SFF-8639 (U.2) devices with the proper adapter.

PC Perspective would like to thank Intel, ASUS, Gigabyte, Corsair, Kingston, and EVGA for supplying some of the components of our test rigs. 

Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7 5820K @ 4.125 GHz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth X99
Memory 16GB Micron DDR4 @ 3333
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750
Video Drivers GeForce Game Ready Driver 347.88
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version N/A
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro X64 (update)
  • PCPer File Copy Test
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • IOMeter
  • YAPT
  • PCPer Custom SSD TEST SUITE!!!
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