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Before You Buy an Intel® SSD 750 Series


Last Reviewed: 05-Oct-2016
Article ID: 000005797

The PCI Express* (PCIe*) Intel® Solid State Drive (Intel® SSD) 750 Series is based on new technology developments including NVMe*. Successful use of the Intel® SSD as a boot device requires new hardware and new drivers, including operating system installation.

 
Note
  • The PCIe add-in card (HHHL) SSD is easier to integrate.
  • Due to recent introduction, systems with the SFF-8643 connector (PCIe mini-SAS HD) needed for the 2.5-inch SSD have limited availability.
 


Two versions of hardware are available:

Version Image

Intel® SSD 750 Series Add-in Card (AIC), also called HHHL (half height, half length).

The HHHL comes with the full height bracket installed. The half-height bracket is in the box.

750 Series Add-in Card

Intel® SSD 750 Series 2.5-inch 15 mm height drive

An SFF-8639 connector is included.

For the PCIe mini-SAS HD, you need an SFF-8643 connector.

Note Your motherboard must accept the SFF 8643, mini-SAS HD connector. Make sure the electrical connection on the motherboard, is PCIe, not SAS.

SSD 750 label

SFF-8639, SATA power, SAS Mini HD connectors

SFF-8643 connector


Basic requirements

To use as a bootable drive, you need:

  • A system based on an Intel® Z97 Chipset or an Intel® X99 Chipset
  • uEFI BIOS settings enabled with NVMe support (latest BIOS updates)
  • Airflow across the drive to provide cooling, such as a front fan and rear fan
  • An available PCIe 3.0 or 2.0 connector (for HHHL SSD) or a PCIe-capable Mini-SAS HD connector (SFF-8643) for the 2.5 inch SSD (SAS signals not supported)
  • Microsoft Windows 7*, 8*, or 8.1* operating system
    • NVMe driver installed – follow instructions in the boot guide


To use as a secondary data drive, you need:

  • System with x4 PCIe connector
    • We suggest a system based on an Intel® Z97 Chipset or an Intel® X99 Chipset
  • uEFI BIOS
  • Airflow across the drive to provide cooling, such as a front fan and rear fan
  • An available PCIe 3.0 or 2.0 connector (for HHHL SSD) or a PCIe-capable Mini-SATA HD connector (SFF-8643) for the 2.5-inch SSD
  • Microsoft Windows 7*, 8*, or 8.1* operating system
    • NVMe driver installed after OS boot


Where to buy hardware:

Contact the motherboard vendors listed for NVMe-compatible motherboards for the Intel® SSD 750 Series if you are using the 2.5-inch SSD version. You can also see Intel® tested motherboards.

Asus
Gigabyte
MSI

 
Related topics
Physical installation instructions for a PCIe* NVMe* SSD
Booting an NVMe* PCIe* SSD

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