Intel has released its budget friendly 330-Series SSDs that gives consumers a more affordable entry into the accelerated storage performance of SSDs.
Just a few weeks ago, we got our first bit of information on the upcoming 330-series when several online retailers begun listing the drive. Now, Intel has officially released its 330-Series SSD, which is available in three capacities: 60 GB, 120 GB and 180 GB. The drive is based on a 2.5-inch/9.5mm form factor and utilizes 25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell (MLC). As a replacement to the 320-Series, the 330-Series uses a SATA 6 Gb/s interface, which doubles the bandwidth of the current 320-Series SATA 3 Gb/s SSDs.
Intel lists the performance numbers for the 330-Series at up to 500 MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 450 MB/s sequential write speeds. The drives offer random 4 KB reads of 22,500 IOPS, with random 4 KB writes of 33,000 IOPS respectively. Intel lists the power consumption at 850 milliwatt (mW) typical active power draw, with typical idle power draw at 600 mW respectively.
Intel now offers a broad range of SSD choices within four product families. The Intel SSD 300 family is aimed at entry-level, mainstream end-users. The Intel SSD 500 family offers more fully featured, higher-performing end users SSDs for computer and gaming enthusiasts. The Intel SSD 700 and Intel SSD 900 families are targeted for data center applications.
The 330-Series will be available starting today with a suggested price of $89 for a 60GB drive, $149 for a 120GB drive and $234 for a 180GB drive. It is also backed by a 3-year limited warranty. In addition, the 330-Series drives utilize Intel's Solid-State Drive Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer and Intel's Data Migration Software.