Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Intel Releases Budget Friendly 330-Series SSDs

By - Source: Intel PR | B 30 comments
Tags :

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.

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
  • 9 Hide
    CDdude55 , April 17, 2012 3:18 PM
    Nice drives for nice prices.
  • 7 Hide
    maxinexus , April 17, 2012 3:25 PM
    Great value
  • Display all 30 comments.
  • 2 Hide
    Area51 , April 17, 2012 3:29 PM
    Is reliability still an issue with SSD?
  • -9 Hide
    sonofliberty08 , April 17, 2012 3:38 PM
    made by foxconn ??
  • 2 Hide
    outlw6669 , April 17, 2012 3:40 PM
    Not even a week after I pick up a shiny new Samsung 830 and Intel decides to release less expensive SandForce drives with their own Firmware Special-Sauce.
    Damn, wish I would have waited just a little longer before buying :( 
  • -3 Hide
    david42one , April 17, 2012 3:40 PM
    They don't seem very cheap
  • 8 Hide
    Anonymous , April 17, 2012 3:46 PM
    @Area51, No, especially not with intel who heavily tests their stuff before it gets released.
    @sonofliberty08, No, Intel. Intel doesn't rebrand stuff, they make their own.
    As far as I know these series contain sandforce controllers, but intel NAND chips. If done well, this can really turn out amazing, but only time will tell if they did the right thing.
  • -9 Hide
    halcyon , April 17, 2012 3:58 PM
    Doug wrote, "Intel Releases Budget Friendly 330-Series SSDs" ...I read, "Intel Releases Slower 330-Series SSDs". That's just the enthusiast in me speaking louder than the responsible adult.
  • 2 Hide
    hellfire24 , April 17, 2012 4:02 PM
    for $150,inte 330 120gb sata iii drive is great but for $234,180gb is not a good deal because you can get a muskin enhanced chronos deluxe 240gb sata iii drive for just $230
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226237
    Quote:
    Max Sequential Read - 560MB/s
    Max Sequential Write- 525MB/s

    sweet deal isn't it?
  • -6 Hide
    drwho1 , April 17, 2012 4:04 PM
    Anything above $1 per GB it is NOT "budget friendly".
    I recently bought and installed a 120GB SSD to a friend's computer for exactly $1 per GB, now that's more "budget friendly", yesterday there was a 240GB SSD on Newegg's daily deals for $200 (just under $1 per GB about .84 cents per GB)

    Now THAT's more budget friendly.
  • 0 Hide
    jaber2 , April 17, 2012 4:24 PM
    Where/when can I buy those?
  • 4 Hide
    oddioguy45 , April 17, 2012 4:30 PM
    drwho1Anything above $1 per GB it is NOT "budget friendly".I recently bought and installed a 120GB SSD to a friend's computer for exactly $1 per GB, now that's more "budget friendly", yesterday there was a 240GB SSD on Newegg's daily deals for $200 (just under $1 per GB about .84 cents per GB)Now THAT's more budget friendly.


    A good deal on an SSD has more to it than just price per GB. Also this is a retail price not a sale price.
  • 3 Hide
    TeKEffect , April 17, 2012 5:03 PM
    drwho1Anything above $1 per GB it is NOT "budget friendly".I recently bought and installed a 120GB SSD to a friend's computer for exactly $1 per GB, now that's more "budget friendly", yesterday there was a 240GB SSD on Newegg's daily deals for $200 (just under $1 per GB about .84 cents per GB)Now THAT's more budget friendly.


    This is the MSRP. I'm sure deals will show up on these drives just like any other drives. And Intel has a good name is SSDs for a reason. So its not fair to compare them to inferior products.
  • 2 Hide
    freggo , April 17, 2012 5:04 PM
    outlw6669Not even a week after I pick up a shiny new Samsung 830 and Intel decides to release less expensive SandForce drives with their own Firmware Special-Sauce.Damn, wish I would have waited just a little longer before buying


    Hehe; welcome to the wonderful world of electronics. If you wait just 'a little' longer your shiny new gadget is outperformed, outshined, outclassed etc. Oh, what a wonderful world we live in :-)
  • -2 Hide
    __-_-_-__ , April 17, 2012 5:17 PM
    hellfire24for $150,inte 330 120gb sata iii drive is great but for $234,180gb is not a good deal because you can get a muskin enhanced chronos deluxe 240gb sata iii drive for just $230http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226237sweet deal isn't it?

    not really. it uses a sandforce controller so even at 10$ it would be expensive.
  • 1 Hide
    capt_taco , April 17, 2012 6:27 PM
    I'll be interested in these when they're about a third of the price.
  • 0 Hide
    spookie , April 17, 2012 7:45 PM
    Not too bad :) 
  • 0 Hide
    sublime2k , April 17, 2012 9:11 PM
    I wouldn't mind having 60GB one. :) 
  • 0 Hide
    noblerabbit , April 17, 2012 9:59 PM
    outlw6669... own Firmware Special-Sauce.Damn, wish I would have waited just a little longer before buying


    one can always wait. but then you'll never enjoy what you have. but you did ok with the samsungs.
Display more comments