by Adam Armstrong

Intel Introduces DC P3608 Data Center NVMe SSD

Today Intel released its latest data center SSD, the DC P3608. The P3608 leverages NVMe interface to give it performance up to 850,000 IOPS in 4K random read tests. When paired with Intel’s multi-core Xeon processors, the new SSD can obtain real-world transfer speeds up to 5GB/s. And the P3608 runs in capacities for 1.6TB up to 4TB, doubling the highest capacity of the previous P3700 drive by Intel.

The P3608 comes in three capacities with the lowest capacity, 1.6TB, being the highest performer, and the highest capacity, 4TB, having the highest bandwidth. The middle capacity, 3.2TB, is a mixture of both good performance and bandwidth. The various performance options gives customers a better idea of which drive to select for a given use case. The three main use cases being: HPC, Big Data, and databases.

The P3608 drives comes ready to use right out of the box. With an industry standard interface, the P3608 is plug and play making upgrading as simple as pulling out the old drive and plugging in the P3608. The drives are designed to work with industry- standard NVMe software and drivers.

Intel DC P3608 specifications:

  • Form Factor: AIC (HHHL)
  • Capacity: 1.6TB, 3.2TB, 4TB
  • Interface: PCIe 3.0, x8
  • NAND: Intel 20nm MLC
  • Performance
    • Seq R/W: Up to 5/3GB/s
    • IOPS Random 70/30 R/W 4KB4: Up to 300K
    • IOPS Random 4KB R/W: Up to 850/150K
    • Seq Latency (typ) R/W: 20/20μs
  • Reliability
    • Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER): 1E-17
    • Silent bit error rate of 1E-25
    • Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF): 1 million hours
    • T10 DIF protection
  • Endurance Rating
    • Up to 21.9 PBW (Petabytes Written)
    • 3 Drive Writes/day (JESD219 workload)
  • Compliance
    • NVM Express 1.0
    • PCI Express Base Specification Rev 3.0
    • Enterprise SSD Form Factor Version 1.0a
    • PCI Express Card Electro-Mechanical (CEM)
    • Specification Rev 3.0
    • Microsoft Windows Hardware Certification
  • Power
    • 3.3V and 12V Supply Rail
    • Enhanced power-loss data protection Active (TYP): 40W
    • Idle (TYP): 11.5W
  • Temperature
    • Operating: 0 to 55° C with specified airflow
    • Non-Operating6: -55 to 95° C
    • Temperature monitoring (In-band through NVMe SMART and out of band)
    • Thermal throttling when approaching maximum operating temperature


The Intel DC P3608 is available now.

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