GRABBED INTEL 665P SSD

Given the machine can take advantage of PCIe 4.0 with the X570 and The Ryzen 3600 processor, the move towards the Intel 665p SSD is practical. NewEgg very recently started carrying the Intel 665p SSD 2TB version which was expected back in January. $369.99 Canadian plus taxes and shipping. Amazon in the US wanted US $415 (C$579.15) for the same product.

The SSD had to be imported from a warehouse in Edison, New Jersey. Typically UPS is not as bad as the postal services but it can still take 14-21 days to arrive. The SSD got through customs so fast it is now sceduled for delivery on June 5, 2020.

Intel’s 665p serves as a refresh for the SSD 6 series with the company’s third-generation 96-Layer 3D QLC NAND, which enables a few improvements. Performance and endurance are the two most apparent, but Intel also tweaked the write cache to make it even faster than before.

The Intel 665P 2TB will replace the existing 660p 512GB. The advantage of the larger capacity is to be able to maintain more games on the SSD where the loading times are better.

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The motivation for the larger 2 TB model was that games are becoming increasingly large. Many games now top 50 GB each and several are now over 100GB. Consoles will have 1 TB SSD so jumping to 2 TB gets my rig slightly ahead of the curve.

Most games do not experience a lot of performance gains with a SSD as much of the loading screen is actually a shader compiler preparing the game map for display.

Video editing can be faster with a SSD as loading and saving clips is substantially faster than hard disks.

The SLC cache has been tweaked to make it more efficient. The 2TB version with 280GB of SLC cache has lots of space for the Windows swap file. The dynamic design uses the cache as part of the overall storage capacity so as the SSD fills the cache available declines.

The 665p also uses DDR3L RAM as a buffer for improving the read and write speeds.

The Intel 665p is made with the newer 96-layer QLC NAND. While the 665p will not win the performance race, the advantages of lower cost cannot be ignored.

Intel’s 96-Layer QLC flash allows the company to increase the endurance rating by 50%, which is covered if the drive is within the five-year warranty. Intel specs the 1 TB model for up to 300 TB of writes, while the 2 TB model can absorb up to 600 TB of data. That brings the drives up to half the endurance rating of most mainstream NVMe SSDs, though it is notable that most of the competing models use more-endurant TLC flash.  

KINGDIAN SSD

On March 24, 2020 I bought a KingDian 240 GB M.2 SSD. It has not been delivered and tracking shows it has not even left China. On April 17, 2020 it was still located in Guangzhou which is not far at all from ShenZhen. I called NewEgg who agreed it has been lost in transit. Efforts for a refund have been stonewalled and KingDian is now in danger of losing their store privileges at NewEgg.

4PX is the courier. They are one of several who are known to be operating in the area for international shipping. Generally there are no problems.

NewEgg granted a refund and told me to refuse a delivery or arrange for return. I cannot return what has not been delivered. All I can do is check the main like I do daily (M-F).