Until the end of time, I’ll defend (well, as long as SATA is still a thing and motherboards are in 6 M.2 slots all fully accessible) the need for 2.5in drives. I understand that NVMe has decreased significantly in price over time, but the utility of 2.5 “SATA SSDs is still as great. That’s why it’s good to see new drives coming up on this form factor. In collaboration with their partner BIWINWith 25 years of R&D in storage and microelectronics, HP updates their S700 series from 2.5 “SSDs to the HP SSD S750 2.5” on the SATA 3 interface.
Some important features of their new drivers are:
- Next generation 96-layer 3D NAND Flash
- SATA 3 connection
- Read up to 560 MB / s
- SSD with full capacity
At this point, the theoretical performance of SATA 3 has peaked and the HP SSD S750 is no exception, with HP claiming speeds of up to 560 MB / s sequential read speeds and 520 MB / s sequential write speeds, both of which are great for the form factor. They are offered in 3 capacity variants with 1 TB, 521 GB and 256 GB and all retain full sequential read / write performance, but differ on random read / write OIPS, probably due to the use of different NAND die sizes.
HP and BIWIN aren’t clear on which controller they use SSD S750, so it’s hard to judge whether or not the drive uses DRAM, which could be a big deciding factor for their value. But with the mid-road 512GB version with the same sequential performance, but the highest random read / write IOPS by a hefty margin above 256GB and the 1TB, it would be the most attractive to use when getting to work put as a primary storage device instead of just a secondary game drive or something.
Prices and availability have not yet been announced.