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?