Intel Ships SSD 330 Line: Starts At Just $89 for 60GB

Intel Ships SSD 330 Line: Starts At Just $89 for 60GB

Intel has long since impressed people with their assortment of solid state drives, and we highly doubt the newest batch will be letting anyone down. With prices finally starting to sink to a point where average consumers may consider an SSD over an HDD, the new SSD 330 series is perfectly positioned to be a part of that revolution.

The new 330 line is a SATA 6Gbps-based SSD family that'll ship in 60GB, 120GB and 180GB sizes. The real kicker? That starting price of just $89. Yes, $89! Intel is using 25nm process technology here, and says that it can provide up to 500 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) sequential read speeds and up to 450MB/s sequential write speeds for faster data transfers. Random read performance can go up to 22,500 Input-Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and 33,000 write IOPS.


The Intel SSD 330 Series comes in a standard 2.5-inch/9.5mm form factor, and is shipping today at the suggested channel price of $89 for a 60GB drive, $149 for a 120GB drive and $234 for a 180GB drive. So, impulse buy, or wait?
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Very nice and Intel has always been the highest priced. Looks like the SSD will finally start the general user take over. I actually had a customer (a general end user) asking me about SSD's last week. Now I can hit him back and tell him I can get him one for his OS drive and for between 80-100 as i had suggested would be a good idea for the speed and efficiency. Oh same customer picked up one of the Crucial watercooler's (the 80) and had me install it last week. The end product was very good (he was having heat issues with his 2 year old CPU cooler (the fan seemed to be going) and that was the option he wanted to go with. Either way I am glad to see one of the premier SSD brands drop with good prices finally. The rest should follow suit relatively soon, by black Friday next year 1st gen SATA 6.0/III drives will be available for a real good price and we should be on gen 4 by then as these are gen 3 devices now relatively early in the year.

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According to Intel, these (330) are rated for 20GB of writes per day, for 3 years. The 520 is rated for the same 20GB per day, but on 5 years.

What I haven't seen yet is what the expected usage of the SSD is for writes when used as the cache drive in Intel's Smart Response raid. I had wanted to wait for a more inexpensive drive for that, but now seeing that the lifespan is that much shorter, I am honestly wondering if it is a good idea to get these 330 drives for that purpose.

However, as a replacement for my laptops HDD (which can't possibly see more than an average 2GB of writes per day), these things would be perfect.

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The end product was very good.

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Damn... $89 for an Intel SSD sounds pretty sweet to me. Ray's right: If I see them on the shelf, I don't know if I could resist that.

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