Intel said on Tuesday that it has added an 80 GB model to its Solid-State Drive (SSD) 335 Series of performance-segment consumer SSDs, joining two existing models with 180 GB and 240 GB capacities. The company added the 180 GB model back in February for customers who want the performance but not necessarily all the space of the 240 GB model. Now there's an even smaller model with an equally smaller price point.
According to the specs, the SSDs have sustained sequential reads of up to 500 MB/s and writes up to 450 MB/s. They also have up to 42,000 IOPS 4K random read throughput, and up to 52,000 IOPS 4K random write throughput. All three connect via a SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) interface and use Intel's 20-nm MLC NAND Flash.
"With the rapid increase in compute intensive day-to-day applications, Solid-State Drives (SSDs) are fast becoming one of the most essential upgrades to boost your computer’s performance," the company said. "With the latest SATA Technology and newest Intel NAND Flash, the Intel SSD 335 Series offers the perfect combination of performance, quality, and price—making it the best value upgrade for your personal computer."
The 2.5-inch, 9.5-mm thick SSDs are compatible with Intel 6 Series Express chipsets, the Intel SSD Toolbox, the Intel SSD Optimizer, Intel Data Migration Software, and Intel Rapid Storage Technology. They also come with a 3.5-inch drive adapter, and a life expectancy of 1.2 million hours MTBF.
Newegg currently lists the 180 GB model for $174.99 and the 240 GB model for $219.99 (opens in new tab) – the 80 GB isn't showing up in search results (give it time). Amazon is offering both SSDs for roughly the same price (opens in new tab), costing $176.99 for the 180 GB model and $215.26 for the 240 GB model.