Intel announced its new SSD 330 Series of solid state drive using SATA 6Gbps interface, which is designed to provide budget-conscious consumers with a more affordable entry into the accelerated storage performance of SSDs. Based on Intel’s 25nm MLC NAND flash memory and using SATA III 6Gbps, the SSD 330 utilizes SandForce;s SF-2281 controllers, instead of Intel’s own chip.
The SSD 330 series offers up to 500MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 450MB/s sequential write speeds for faster data transfers, and a random read performance of up to 22,500IOPS and 33,000 write IOPS, boosting overall application and system responsiveness, significantly outperforming a typical consumer hard disk drive. The series comes in 2.5-inch/9.5mm form factor and is available in 60GB, 120GB and 180GB capacities.
Aimed at entry-level, mainstream client users, the SSD 330 series is priced at $89 for 60GB, $149 for 120GB and $234 for 180GB.