Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND Technology

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06/03/2022

Note

Intel's NAND SSD business has been acquired by SK hynix and is now  Solidigm™. Visit the Intel Newsroom for details.

Important note: This FAQ is in relation to the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology.  If you are looking for the FAQ for the Intel® SSD 600p Series built on Intel® TLC 3D NAND, see here

 

Terminology

Abbreviation Term Definition
NVMe* Non-Volatile Memory Express The next-generation specification used to access SSDs through the PCI Express* bus with greater throughput and lower latency.
PCIe* Peripheral Component Interconnect Express A standard connection found on most systems that supports the high speed of the NVMe SSD.
UEFI Unified Extensible Firmware Interface A specification for system firmware, meant to replace legacy BIOS, that provides software layer between the operating system and the system firmware.
CSM Compatibility Support Module A UEFI firmware feature that enables legacy BIOS-style booting by emulating a BIOS environment.

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Hardware and Software

What is the Intel® SSD 665p Series? What is it for and what makes it unique?

Intel® SSD 665p is a follow-up product after Intel® SSD 660p with a new generation of Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology. It is also the industry’s first 96-layer QLC SSD in client market. Intel® SSD 665p Series is architected from the ground-up to cater to the performance and capacity needs of the mainstream and entry-level PC user Reference the Product Briefs for all products here.

Where can I find Intel PCI Express* NVMe* drivers for my Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology?

For Windows*: Client NVMe* Microsoft Windows* Driver for Intel® SSDs.

For Linux*: Consult your OS vendor for more information about available NVMe drivers and support

What are the hardware and software requirements for using the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology as a boot drive?

The requirements for use as a boot drive are:

  • PCIe* NVMe* storage-capable hardware motherboard support for the M.2 M Key 2280 form factor. Consult your system or motherboard vendor for more information.
    Note There may be multiple M.2 connectors available, but that doesn't mean all of them support the NVMe standard. Consult your motherboard vendor and user manual for the right connections.
  • System BIOS that supports UEFI 2.3.1 or later with NVMe support
  • GPT* drive format (see how to install OS to GPT)
  • Microsoft Windows® 10 operating system
    Note Other OS supporting the requirements above may function properly, but these haven't been validated.
  • Intel® NVMe driver installed during OS installation – follow instructions in the Boot Installation Guide.
    • If there is no Native OS NVMe driver, and the Intel NVMe driver isn't available, the drive isn't seen during installation
What are the hardware and software requirements for using the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology as a secondary drive or data drive? The requirements are below:
  • PCIe* NVMe* storage-capable hardware motherboard support for the M.2 M Key 2280 form factor. Consult your system or motherboard vendor for more information.
    Note There may be multiple M.2 connectors available, but that doesn't mean all of them support the NVMe standard. Consult your motherboard vendor and user manual for the right connections.
  • System BIOS that supports UEFI 2.3.1 or later with NVMe support
  • Microsoft Windows® 10 operating system
    Note Other OS supporting the requirements above may function properly, but these haven't been validated.
  • Intel® NVMe driver installed after OS installation
What motherboards has Intel tested with the Intel® SSD 660p Series or Intel® SSD 665p Series? See the product compatibility page for more information.
How do I safely connect the M.2 form factor to the system/motherboard? See the Proper Handling Techniques and Precautions for your M.2 device
What is the difference between the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology and the Intel® SSD 760p Series drives? Intel® SSD 6 Series is based on Intel 64-layer QLC NAND technology and Intel® 760p Series is based on Intel 64-layer TLC NAND technology. Intel® SSD's based on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology are a capacity optimized PCIe storage solutions of today’s PC. It can be used in everyday computing workloads. It offers a blend of capacity, performance, and value to end users. The Intel® SSD 760p Series is designed as a performance focused SSD for PCs that demands higher performance and higher endurance.

Operating system

What operating systems are validated for boot functionality with the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology? Operating systems that have been tested for system boot functionality are 64-bit versions of:
  • Windows* 10
  • RHEL* 7.3
  • Ubuntu* 16.04
Can I install Linux on the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology? We have tested boot functionality on a subset of Linux operating systems. Functionality on all Linux-based OS isn't guaranteed. If you encounter an issue, refer to the Linux vendor support page or contact support.

Installation

How do I install the Windows* operating system on the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology? See the Boot Installation Guide for more information
Why can't I see the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology on the first restart after installing my operating system? BIOS settings may be the issue. Make sure:
  • The drive is the first boot device
  • You have enabled UEFI in BIOS
  • You used the UEFI installation method on your installation media
Can I migrate my operating system to the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology drive? You can migrate your OS as long as your current OS is set up and installed with the proper UEFI settings. Otherwise, we recommend reinstalling the OS.

Performance

What is happening in the drive when I "Clear the internal cache of the SSD to boost performance" in the Intel® SSD Optimizer section of the Intel® SSD Toolbox? The Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology constantly manages the cache inside the SSD. It stores and cleans the duplicate data in the cache of the SSD based on the system power settings. The Performance Booster feature forcibly indexes and stores the data previously written to the cache of the SSD. This clears up the cache or buffer for a refreshed user experience.
What common PC uses will provide the best performance out of the Intel® SSD 6 Series built on Intel® QLC 3D NAND technology?This series uses Intel® QLC Technology with a large and fast dynamic SLC cache to handle drive writes and boost write performance. The data from the dynamic SLC is transferred to the QLC during drive idle times. This keeps the cache fresh to improve user write experience. This series is designed and built for common PC usage models such as web browsing and e-mails. It also supports workloads that have bursts with idle times in between. Examples include productivity tasks such as project reports, spreadsheets, and limited photo and  video edits and storage. For use cases outside common PC uses, and once the drive reaches 75% full, the write performance may be below 100 MB.