Intel P4600 Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDsProduct Guide

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Abstract

The Intel P4600 Mainstream NVMe SSDs are advanced data center SSDs optimized for mixed read-write performance, endurance, and strong data protection for Lenovo servers. They are designed for greater performance and endurance in a cost-effective design, and to support a broader set of workloads.

This product guide introduces the drives and describes their features and specifications, and provides compatibility information. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the Intel P4600 SSDs and consider their use in IT solutions.

Change History

Changes in the January 7 update:

Introduction

The Intel P4600 Mainstream NVMe SSDs are advanced data center SSDs optimized for mixed read-write performance, endurance, and strong data protection for Lenovo servers. They are designed for greater performance and endurance in a cost-effective design, and to support a broader set of workloads.

The Intel P4600 SSDs are based on Intel-developed controller, firmware, and leading manufacturing process NAND flash memory. Rigorous qualification and compatibility testing by Lenovo ensures a highly reliable SSD.

Intel P4600 Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 SSDs

Figure 1. Intel P4600 Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs

Did You Know?

NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) is a technology that overcomes SAS/SATA SSD performance limitations by optimizing hardware and software to take full advantage of flash technology. Intel Xeon processors efficiently transfer data in fewer clock cycles with the NVMe optimized software stack compared to the legacy Advance Host Controller Interface (AHCI) stack, thereby reducing latency and overhead. These SSDs connect directly to the processor via the PCIe bus, further reducing latency and TCO.

Part number information

The following table lists the ordering part numbers and feature codes for the SSDs.

Table 1. Ordering information
Part number Feature Description
2.5-inch drives for ThinkSystem servers
7SD7A05772 B11J ThinkSystem U.2 Intel P4600 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD
7SD7A05771 B11K ThinkSystem U.2 Intel P4600 3.2TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD
7SD7A05770 B11L ThinkSystem U.2 Intel P4600 6.4TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD
4XB7A10193 B315 ThinkSystem SD650 U.2 Intel P4600 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD
3.5-inch drives for ThinkSystem servers
4XB7A08528 B2XF ThinkSystem 3.5" Intel P4600 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD
4XB7A08529 B2XG ThinkSystem 3.5" Intel P4600 3.2TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD
4XB7A08530 B2XH ThinkSystem 3.5" Intel P4600 6.4TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD
Drives for System x, Flex System and NeXtSale servers
7SD7A05767 B11M Intel P4600 1.6TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Mainstream PCIe SSD
7SD7A05766 B11N Intel P4600 3.2TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Mainstream PCIe SSD

The part numbers for the drives include the following items:

  • One drive with a hot-swap tray attached (except SD650 drives, which do not have a tray attached)
  • Publication package

Features

Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is new PCIe 3.0 high performance SSD technology that provides high I/O throughput and low latency. NVMe interfaces remove SAS/SATA bottlenecks and unleash all of the capabilities of contemporary NAND flash memory. Each NVMe PCI SSD has direct PCIe 3.0 x4 connection, which provides at least 2x more bandwidth and 2x less latency than SATA/SAS-based SSD solutions. NVMe drives are also optimized for heavy multi-threaded workloads by using internal parallelism and many other improvements, such as enlarged I/O queues.

The Intel P4600 NVMe drives have the following key characteristics:

  • PCIe 3.0 connection for each NVMe drive
  • Ultra-low I/O latency, with an typical read latency of 10 µs and write latency of 13 µs
  • Suitable for mixed read-write workloads
  • Available in capacities up to 6.4 TB
  • Variable sector size and end-to-end data-path protection
  • Enhanced power-loss data protection
  • Thermal throttling and monitoring
  • SMART health reporting

The key metric for solid state drives is their endurance (life expectancy). SSDs have a huge, but finite, number of program/erase (P/E) cycles, which determines how long the drives can perform write operations and thus their life expectancy. Performance SSDs have better endurance than Mainstream SSDs, which in turn have better endurance than Entry SSDs.

SSD write endurance is typically measured by the number of program/erase cycles that the drive can incur over its lifetime, which is listed as TBW in the device specification. The TBW value that is assigned to a solid-state device is the total bytes of written data that a drive can be guaranteed to complete. Reaching this limit does not cause the drive to immediately fail; the TBW simply denotes the maximum number of writes that can be guaranteed.

A solid-state device does not fail upon reaching the specified TBW, but at some point after surpassing the TBW value (and based on manufacturing variance margins), the drive reaches the end-of-life point, at which time the drive goes into read-only mode. Because of such behavior, careful planning must be done to use SSDs in the application environments to ensure that the TBW of the drive is not exceeded before the required life expectancy.

For example, the Intel P4600 1.6 TB drive has an endurance of 8.9 PB of total bytes written (TBW). This means that for full operation over five years, write workload must be limited to no more than 4,877 GB of writes per day, which is equivalent to 3.0 full drive writes per day (DWPD). For the device to last three years, the drive write workload must be limited to no more than 8,128 GB of writes per day, which is equivalent to 5.1 full drive writes per day.

Technical specifications

The following table present technical specifications for the Intel P4600 drives.

Table 2. Technical specifications
Feature 1.6 TB drive 3.2 TB drive 6.4 TB drive
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4
Capacity 1.6 TB 3.2 TB 6.4 TB
Endurance
(total bytes written)
8.99 PB 18.20 PB 37.38 PB
Endurance (drive writes
per day over 5 years)
3.05 DWPD 3.1 DWPD 3.2 DWPD
Data reliability < 1 in 1017 bits read < 1 in 1017 bits read < 1 in 1017 bits read
MTBF, hours 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
IOPS read (4 KB blocks) 559,550 636,500 617,500
IOPS write (4 KB blocks) 176,415 223,350 238,000
Sequential read rate 3.2 GBps 2.85 GBps 3.20 GBps
Sequential write rate 1.325 GBps 1.9 GBps 2.10 GBps
Read access latency sequential* 10 µs 10 µs 10 µs
Read access latency random* 85 µs 115 µs 115 µs
Write access latency sequential* 13 µs 13 µs 13 µs
Write access latency random* 15 µs 15 µs 15 µs
Shock, operating 1,000 G (Max) at 0.5 ms 1,000 G (Max) at 0.5 ms 1,000 G (Max) at 0.5 ms
Vibration, max, operating 2.17 GRMS (5-700 Hz) 2.17 GRMS (5-700 Hz) 2.17 GRMS (5-700 Hz)
Average power (Active Read / Active Write) 9.0 / 14.2 W 10.0 / 21.0 W 11.00 / 24.70 W

* Latency measured using 4 KB transfer size with queue depth = 1 on a sequential workload using Windows Server 2012 R2 drivers. Power mode set at 25W.

Server support - ThinkSystem

The following table lists the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.

Table 3. ThinkSystem server support
Description and part number E 1S Intel 2S Intel AMD 4S Intel Dense/ Blade
SE350 (7Z46/7D1X)
ST50 (7Y48/7Y50)
ST250 (7Y45/7Y46)
SR150 (7Y54)
SR250 (7Y51/7Y52)
ST550 (7X09/7X10)
SR530 (7X07/7X08)
SR550 (7X03/7X04)
SR570 (7Y02/7Y03)
SR590 (7X98/7X99)
SR630 (7X01/7X02)
SR650 (7X05/7X06)
SR670 (7Y36/7Y37/7Y38)
SR635 (7Y98/7Y99)
SR655 (7Y00/7Z01)
SR850 (7X18/7X19)
SR850P (7D2F/2D2G)
SR860 (7X69/7X70)
SR950 (7X11/12/13)
SD530 (7X21)
SD650 (7X58)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
2.5-inch drives for ThinkSystem servers
U.2 Intel P4600 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD, 7SD7A05772 N N N N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
U.2 Intel P4600 3.2TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD, 7SD7A05771 N N N N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
U.2 Intel P4600 6.4TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD, 7SD7A05770 N N N N N N N N N N Y Y N N N N N N Y N N N N
SD650 U.2 Intel P4600 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD, 4XB7A10193 N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N Y N N
3.5-inch drives for ThinkSystem servers
3.5" Intel P4600 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD, 4XB7A08528 N N N N N N N N N N Y Y N N N N N N N N N N N
3.5" Intel P4600 3.2TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD, 4XB7A08529 N N N N N N N N N N Y Y N N N N N N N N N N N
3.5" Intel P4600 6.4TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD, 4XB7A08530 N N N N N N N N N N Y Y N N N N N N N N N N N

Server support - System x

The following tables list the System x servers that are compatible.

Support for System x and dense servers with Xeon E5/E7 v4 and E3 v5 processors

Table 4. Support for System x and dense servers with Xeon E5/E7 v4 and E3 v5 processors
Part
number
Description
x3250 M6 (3943)
x3250 M6 (3633)
x3550 M5 (8869)
x3650 M5 (8871)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v4)
nx360 M5 (5465, E5-2600 v4)
sd350 (5493)
nx360 M5 WCT (5467, E5-2600 v4)
7SD7A05767 Intel P4600 1.6TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Mainstream PCIe SSD N N Y Y Y N N N
7SD7A05766 Intel P4600 3.2TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Mainstream PCIe SSD N N Y Y Y N N N

Support for System x and dense servers with Intel Xeon v3 processors

Table 5. Support for servers with Intel Xeon v3 processors
Part
number
Description
x3100 M5 (5457)
x3250 M5 (5458)
x3500 M5 (5464)
x3550 M5 (5463)
x3650 M5 (5462)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v3)
nx360 M5 (5465)
7SD7A05767 Intel P4600 1.6TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Mainstream PCIe SSD N N N N N N N
7SD7A05766 Intel P4600 3.2TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Mainstream PCIe SSD N N N N N N N

Operating system support

The following tables list the supported operating systems for the drives:

Tip: These tables are automatically generated based on data from Lenovo ServerProven.

 

Table 6. Operating system support for ThinkSystem U.2 Intel P4600 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD, 7SD7A05772 (Part 1 of 2)
Operating systems
SD530 (Gen 2)
SN550 (Gen 2)
SN850 (Gen 2)
SR570 (Gen 2)
SR590 (Gen 2)
SR630 (Gen 2)
SR650 (Gen 2)
SR850 (Gen 2)
SR850P
SR860 (Gen 2)
SR950 (Gen 2)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 N N N N N N N N N N N
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server version 1709 N N N N N N N N N N N
Microsoft Windows Server version 1803 N N N N N N N N N N N
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 N N N N N N N N N N N
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 N N N N N N N N N N N
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 N N N N N N N N N N N
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 N N N N N N N N N N N
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 N N N N N N N N N N N
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 N N N N N N N N N N N
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 N N N N N N N N N N N
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 N N N N N N N N Y N N
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 with Xen Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.0 U3 N N N N N N N N N N N
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U1 N N N N N N N N N N N
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 N N N N N N N N N N N
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Table 7. Operating system support for ThinkSystem U.2 Intel P4600 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD, 7SD7A05772 (Part 2 of 2)
Operating systems
SD530 (Gen 1)
SN550 (Gen 1)
SN850 (Gen 1)
SR570 (Gen 1)
SR590 (Gen 1)
SR630 (Gen 1)
SR650 (Gen 1)
SR850 (Gen 1)
SR860 (Gen 1)
SR950 (Gen 1)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server version 1709 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server version 1803 Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 with Xen Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.0 U3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Table 8. Operating system support for Intel P4600 1.6TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Mainstream PCIe SSD, 7SD7A05767
Operating systems
x3850/3950 X6 (6241, E7 v4)
x3550 M5 (8869)
x3650 M5 (8871)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server version 1709 Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server version 1803 N Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition Y Y N
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 Y N N
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T N Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.0 Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 Y Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 Y Y Y

Warranty

The Intel P4600 SSDs carry a 1-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) limited warranty. When installed in a supported Lenovo server, these drives assume the system’s base warranty and any warranty upgrade.

Solid State Memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of program/erase cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, each solid state device has a maximum amount of program/erase cycles to which it can be subjected. The warranty for Lenovo solid state drives (SSDs) is limited to drives that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the Official Published Specifications for the SSD product. A drive that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its Specifications.

Physical specifications

The Intel P4600 drives have the following physical dimensions and weight:

  • Height: 15 mm (0.6 in.)
  • Width: 70 mm (2.8 in.)
  • Depth: 100 mm (4.0 in.)
  • Weight: up to 131 g (4.62 oz)

Operating environment

The Intel P4600 drives are supported in the following environment:

  • Temperature (operational): 0 - 35 °C (32 - 95 °F) at 0 - 3,048 m (0 - 10,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 5 - 95% (non-condensing)
  • Maximum altitude (operational): 3,048 m (10,000 ft)
  • Shock: 1,000 G (Max) at 0.5 ms
  • Vibration: 2.17 GRMS (5-700 Hz)

Agency approvals

The Intel P4600 drives conform to the following regulations:

  • FCC Title 47, Part 15B, Class B
  • CA/CSA-CEI/IEC CISPR 22:02
  • EN 55024: 1998
  • EN 55022: 2006
  • EN-60950-1 2nd Edition
  • UL/CSA EN-60950-1 2nd Edition
  • Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC
  • C-Tick: AS/NZS3584
  • BSMI: CNS 13438
  • KCC Article 11.1
  • RoHS DIRECTIVE 2011/65/EU
  • WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC

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