Unannounced Intel 330 SSD Series Show Up With Online Retailers


Just recently, a new unannounced Intel product has surfaced with various online retailers across the web, notably the Intel 330 SSD. Having read and write speeds of 500 and 450 MB/s respectively, these new SATA 6GBPS SSD’s will ship in 60, 120 and 180 GB capacities.

The model naming links up to a previous leaked roadmap of Intel SSD’s from the previous year with the 330 slated for a May release. Details found on Sabre PC regarding the specifications of the drive have been listed below:

Capacity 120GB
Features Sequential Reads: 500MB/s, Sequential Writes: 450MB/s, Data Security with AES 256-bit hardware encryption, Limited SMART attributes
Data Read 500 MBps
Data Write 450MBps
Connector Type 7 pin Serial ATA
Form Factor 2.5”
Interface SATA 3.0 (6.0Gbps)
MLC 25nm
Warranty 3 years
Price $149

As you can see, the 120GB variant has been priced at $149. These new drives will incorporate the use of SandForce controllers, with Intel opting for Marvell controllers in the past. Nevertheless, considering the performance of the 520 series SSDs, Intel also came with a 5 year warranty that showed the reliability of the aforesaid drives over longer period of times keeping in mind SSDs are having a high failure rate nowadays from other manufacturers as compared to Intel themselves.

Therefore, it’s safe to say these 330 series will be backed up with at least a 3 year warranty. These drives are expected to shelves by the second week of May.