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  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    This was my original question in the first 3700 article at this site
    Did I miss something?

    With 1:1 mapping, this this sounds like the Worlds first truly O.S. agnostic controller

    Does it require an O.S. with Trim or a partition offset for XP use, or did Intel just make the Worlds first universal SSD?

    The 320 may have handled partition offsets internally but still required Trim for best performance

    Please correct me if I'm wrong
    The readers all basically told me I was wrong in the first article, however.....

    The webcast made it clear that Trim is no longer required

    If Intel kept the partition offset fix in firmware or if that offset fix is implemented at some point, this IS the worlds first truly Universal SSD that does not require a specific O.S. to run optimally

    So Anand, did Intel just create the Worlds first Truly Universal SSD with this or did they drop the partition offset fix that was used on some earlier Intell SSD's

    What I mean is, can this be used with ANY O.S. and still get optimal performance without ANY tweaks of any kind?
  • extide - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    ALL SSD's will ALWAYS get better performance when they are aligned properly, AND when TRIM is being used. Reply
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    Trim is basically a waste of time for this drive as explained in the first video, and if alignment is corrected in firmware, then this would truly be the Word's first Universal SSD with zero tweaks required for ANY O.S.

  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link


    Sorry, that was a bad John McAfee impersonation
  • jack.fxx - Sunday, November 18, 2012 - link

    You should learn how to distinguish between marketing BS and real information. What the Intel guy was saying about TRIM was pure BS. The fact is, that TRIM on S3700 will considerably reduce write aplification and therefore increase endurance. If you don't use trim, S3700 will wear out faster, which means more $$ for Intel. Reply
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Monday, November 19, 2012 - link

    Marketing BS?

    What does Anand have to say on the matter?

    The silence is deafening
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - link

    D E A F E N I N G ! Reply
  • CaedenV - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    don't get me wrong, I love Intel products, and I really love the Anandtech website, but this (and the live podcast video) just feel so forced and scripted and just so... not anandtech.

    this video in particular make it look like there are 3 Intel employees giving you an interrogation, or an exit interview from a brainwashing exercise.

    iDunno... maybe it is just me.
  • CaedenV - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    Again, it is a cool product... it is just how the interviews look/feel that I am put off by. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    The pictures all have a purple tint to them. Were they taken with an iPhone 5? ;-) Reply
  • Jaaap - Saturday, November 17, 2012 - link

    This video is NOT anandtech worthy.
    That's not surprising, since there's a marketing dude in it.

    Never invite a marketing person to an anandtech video.
    They make everybody smile very artificially and use these awful marketing terms all the time.

    It looked like anand tried to make the best of it given the circumstances but still...

    I suggest next time Anand takes his own camera and cuts the techy pieces into his own video piece.
  • sideshow23bob - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    Says video has been removed by user. Hopefully get's reuploaded or relinked Reply
  • Galvin - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link Reply
  • creed3020 - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    That is the webcast video not the round table discussion.

    Please bring back the video Anand!
  • douglaswilliams - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    Nice FiveFingers Anand. If I'm ever in Raleigh I'll request a few miles of trail running with you!

  • Individumm - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    Hey Anand, I really like your detailed reviews and wanted to make a suggestion to even improve them, but it would be off topic here and I didn't find a way to contact you directly. You can answer to my mail address. Thanks a lot! Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Saturday, November 17, 2012 - link

    Click Anand's name at the top of the article, it will open up an email window with Anand as the received.

    If your questions and suggestions are SSD related, you can CC me as well (
  • nutgirdle - Friday, November 16, 2012 - link

    Would it be possible to post a transcript? Parsing text is an order of magnitude faster than spoken word for most people. Reply
  • swindmill - Saturday, November 17, 2012 - link

    This article and embedded videos read/watch like a commercial for Intel. I'm sure the new controller is great and all but Anand in the videos appears to be nothing more than a giddy Intel shill waiting for his royalty check. Reply
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Saturday, November 17, 2012 - link

    WHEN (not "if") Intel makes a consumer version of this, I want the following>

    1. At least ONE Partition Agnostic Firmware version

    2. A Write Protection Switch

    3. So durable that it would "likely" have 50 - 100 year data protection, even if the warranty is only 5 years

  • mayankleoboy1 - Saturday, November 17, 2012 - link

    can we have a transcript of this please ? Reply
  • mckirkus - Saturday, November 17, 2012 - link

    Great moment in the 2nd video (12:00) when he asks Anand "So is this the new gold standard for a SSD for you?" You could almost imagine the Intel market team, fingers hovering over the mouse button, press release ready with "AnandTech calls the S3700 the new Gold Standard in SSDs!"

    They're either underestimating Anand's understanding of this technology or their year end bonuses are somehow tied to getting talking points injected into this discussion.

    Either way, this is a great product, and I finally feel comfortable going to our IT director with a solution to our database performance woes.
  • truk007 - Sunday, November 18, 2012 - link

    Love the effort, but I have to agree... it seemed mildly scripted or directed. Like a late night info-commercial.

    Keep doing them though. Hope more companies contribute.
  • jb510 - Sunday, November 18, 2012 - link

    This kind of reminds me Intel's early marketing push behind light peak. It's smart of them to reach out to early adopter / tech savvy voices on things like this with thier engineering staff at then microphone and they're getting good at it.

    I like that Anand got to talk with them so extensively with them, but the 7 min version does feel a bit "promotional". As a one off/occasional thing I think it does an OK job of fitting in on AT as long as it doesn't become a frequent thing. I kind of expect SOME talk of harswares failings/limitations and where something could improve on this site.
  • Smackalope - Sunday, November 18, 2012 - link

    Disappointed with the video. Unless I missed some hidden content, the video was mostly a marketing piece for Intel. This is how I envision any one marketing their new product. Was hoping for more technical content. Reply
  • zappb - Monday, November 19, 2012 - link

    Not talking about the SSD! Reply
  • JellyRoll - Monday, November 19, 2012 - link

    This is obviously sponsored content from Intel, and brings into question the accuracy of any "reviews" from Anand. It is hard to believe content when it is obviously sponsored. Sites that feature sponsored content should reveal that information at the top of the review, as true enterprise websites do. Reply
  • zappb - Monday, November 19, 2012 - link

    I think nerves came across as sales - They were nervous at the start of the round table, there was no scrip - definitely no script.

    "Our customers, Great Product, Customers Asked and We delivered to Our Customers, Because They Asked Us For it, and now they have it! "etc...and then they echo each other, Anand tried to ground it a bit, but there was no beer around the table to help....
  • McSteel - Monday, November 19, 2012 - link

    So Intel is promoting a well-thought-out, high-quality product. Anand helps them do it. I don't have a problem with that, and neither should you people. Test methodology is the same for all reviewed SSDs that are directly compared. I seriously doubt anyone is fabricating screenshots or posting false results... This video was supposed to be more about direction and design philosophy, rather than technical Q&A. Besides, the DC S3700 has already been put through it's paces, with relevant tech details published. Talking about it again would've been redundant, don't you think?

    Allison is cute BTW
  • JellyRoll - Monday, November 19, 2012 - link

    If he is part of the team promoting a well-thought-out, high-quality product, he shouldn't be posting "impartial reviews".
    He then becomes a spokesperson for said product.
    This is why actors say "My name is XXX, and I endorse this product:", it is about credibility.
  • JellyRoll - Monday, November 19, 2012 - link

    This video took place AFTER the initial review. Anand is asking questions that he already has the answers to, the review went up prior. That means that this is a staged event. There is definitely payola involved in this video.
    This calls into question the validity of previous, and future, product evaluations. There should be full disclosure.
  • Pessimism - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - link

    He used "ATM Machine" *facepalm* Reply
  • ionis - Sunday, November 25, 2012 - link

    I don't have an SSD so I haven't been able to try TRIM.

    Why can't TRIM offer a consistent user experience while this new controller can?

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