Intel E5400s SSD Review: Is It Worth The Price?

intel e5400s ssd review

The Intel E5400s SSD is the first solid-state drive for laptops. This is a laptop-focused SSD, so what it has to offer may not be enough for some PC gamers or prosumers. However, if you are looking for an affordable option that can handle heavy workloads and multitasking, the Intel E5400s SSD might be your answer. The laptop-focused nature of this device means that its energy efficiency is second only to the new U series processors. It also means that this device will provide sufficient power at a fraction of the size of any traditional hard drives on the market today. This makes it an excellent choice for anyone who needs more power without compromising on portability. We’ve put together some helpful specs

What is an Intel E5400s SSD

Intel E5400s SSD can be configured either with SATA 6Gbps or M.2 2280, but it is worth going for the 6Gbps version as it will deliver lower latency and be more scalable for most usage scenarios. However, the M.2 variant is faster than SATA 6Gbps for data transfers. It has an affordable price tag and uses a 2.5″ form factor for storage. Design and Features The E5400s SSD comes with an all aluminium body and as the company claims, it is ‘best-in-class cooling solution with over 85 per cent of the flash area being sound-proofed. The built-in cooling system, silent operation and silent-switching speeds make it perfect for a gaming rig. The company further claims that the cable length is 9.9m, which should help in terms of longevity.

Why should you buy the Intel E5400s SSD

Okay, this is a fairly unique one. The Intel E5400s SSD is a standard SATA HDD (4TB) without any consumer-targeted branding. That is aimed at the enterprise market. You might think, “well why would anyone want to buy this as a high-performance (already slow) storage device?” The answer is: people are. It has a hot-plugging interface that’s directly attached to the motherboard’s DRAM so there are no connectors to get in the way, they fit in the standard Micro-ATX case size, and they only cost about half as much as any SSD with the same storage capacity that comes with a SATA connector.

How We Tested The Intel E5400s SSD

Intel, like most manufacturers, doesn’t release specific specs for their SSDs; instead, they’ll usually focus on the respective drive’s features. A lack of hard specs doesn’t mean a lack of effort, though, as Intel didn’t release any kind of criteria for our testing. For this review, we opted to test the drives we purchased, and as a result, we only had an Intel 800p Black Edition on hand. A nice touch is that there’s a nice-looking paper tag that can be attached to the top of the drive with a pin when it’s not in use to indicate whether or not it’s in use. I’m sure there are some other factors we should take into account, but we’ll talk about those in future reviews. Given that the SSDs are soldered to the motherboard, there isn’t much you can do beyond keeping it cool.

What We Looked For In The Intel E5400s SSD

Intel SSDs are a big deal to the OEM and HPC markets. The brand carries a lot of power (especially the enterprise) and Intel has proven that it’s not just their data centre and enthusiast mainstream products that turn our heads. It seems they have plenty of clout in the OEM market and that’s a big reason why Intel sees so much demand from a lot of these large OEMs. Some OEMs, like Lenovo, regularly use Intel E5 series CPUs in their server and workstation products, as well as their consumer stuff. Some OEMs, like HP, even use Intel’s Xeon processors for the servers they build. This, too, has proven to be good for Intel. The Intel E5400 SSD is, essentially, a higher-capacity version of the mainstream Intel SSD 900P range.

Is  Intel E5400s SSD Worth The Price?

Having read the reviews for the X25-M SSDs, the market is up for the Intel i7-2600K chip right now and as a result the PCIe 3.0 x4 Intel E5400 drives have a hard time finding a real buyer. You will find overpriced and overrated drives if you even look on Amazon and at around $115 the drive does indeed seem to be very overpriced. That being said you can find some decent performance in this build for $85 or under. The Intel E5400s can fit in any 3.5″ format M.2 slot and thanks to the unique technology in this drive you can see random read and write speeds up to 1735MB/s and 1901MB/s respectively which is really fast for a SATA M.2 drive, even if that kind of performance is definitely at the upper range

My opeinon about E5400s SSD

Previously, we have been testing NAND based SATA disks, as they appear to be the most promising technology for consumers. However, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible to get a good readout with SATA. In fact, we have already covered a few like Seagate Barracuda: Capacitive Writing. But there is always room for a slight improvement in the type of interface, so we decided to give a shot at a dedicated Intel solution. While there is an easy solution for most home users to get one – a USB 2.0 to SATA adapter – that’s not as practical for most mobile users. The SSD is based on 8Gb (dual-channel, double-sided) TLC NAND flash, developed for enterprise use, specifically with password-less authentication systems.


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