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Intel DC S3700 SSD Review; Home User Edition

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Conclusion


Let’s preface this conclusion by stating the obvious first: under no circumstance is the DC S3700 series designed to be used in a home environment. These are solely targeted towards the datacenter and enterprise markets and they absolutely excel in that capacity. With that being said, Intel has created one of the first true “crossover” SSDs which can be perfectly adapted for numerous environments.

Intel has designed the X25 controller to be fully scalable across numerous markets and in this iteration, it succeeds in powering the DC S3700 to some incredible levels. This is coupled with HET NAND, helping to achieve downright extreme data retention abilities and zero worries over flakey firmware updates, eliminating a large worry for most consumers: their drive dying an early death.

While single DC S3700 drives struggle to top our performance charts and often fall short, a combination of reliability and board spectrum data throughput still allows for an upper echelon showing. Does that make it an optimal choice for markets outside of datacenters? Yes and no. Intel’s adherence to design excellence and thorough internal testing certainly guarantees reliability but there’s a cost associated these features as well.

The DC-S3700 series certainly isn’t for the faint of heart or those without deep pockets. Its high price per GB ratio is going to put off many non-enterprise users but that shouldn’t cause you to overlook it. Remember, bleeding edge features propelled Western Digital’s VelociRaptor to years of success regardless of its cost.

Compelling reasons or no, not every consumer will find the abilities of the DC S3700 persuasive enough to over-ride the relatively high cost. Bulletproof reliability, high level data security and absolute peace of mind will only go so far in a consumer market that seems to be permeated by today’s fast yet nearly disposable SSDs. Speed sells these days, most of the time to the detriment of long term stability.

Intel may not have designed the DC S3700 for the home user market but it may be able to make some inroads nonetheless. Many are deciding against jumping onto the SSD bandwagon due to numerous reports of premature failure but Intel’s new datacenter drive virtually eliminates that possibility. Choosing whether to buy the DC S3700 or not will come down to priorities. Are you willing to pay more for reliability or save a few bucks on a faster yet potentially shorter lived solution?

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