Hello 730 Series Community!


     I've always liked tidbits about products I am interested in. So I thought I'd share some with you folks here about the 730 Series SSD! . Back at PAX Prime (Seattle, Washington) in 2013, Intel showcased prototypes of Intel SSDs with user configurable overclocking capabilities. We were experimenting with the idea and discovered how attendees felt about it. We received a lot of good feedback and it definitely did influence us in our product development.


     As we continued to validate and develop the product, we learned a couple of interesting things. We thought everything we learned about overclocking a CPU would directly transfer over to overclocking an SSD. Boy were we wrong:


  • Recovering from an over-overclocked CPU was typically simple. Simply reset the voltages and restart your computer. Small risk of permanent/collateral damage
  • Recovering from an over-overclocked SSD was not typical. Consequences varied from no impact, data loss, to complete drive failure

     Our internal testing showed various different failure modes and consequences. This lead us to other questions. Replacing an CPU had a deterministic cost and is typically an isolated part, but how do you quantify data loss? Losing an OS is a pain, and rebuilding or ghosting an image over also takes a lot of time. Would an overclocker tolerate any or all of this?  I guess the big question was, "was this all worth it?"

With so many questions and difficult decisions to make, we wrestled with it, slept on it, meditated, and got the good 'ol lawyerly advice. After a while, an executive decision was made to factory overclock the drive by cherry picking SSD controllers that qualify for the 600MHz frequency. The controllers that didnt make the cut would go to the DC S3500 Series drives (LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Previous sentence may or may not be true. *Thanks lawyers!*) The best part is, we still offer up to 70 GB/day for 5 years!

Anyway, that's the overclocking story of the Intel 730 Series and it lived happily ever after.