Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
Intel’s first 20nm SSD reviewed!
It's been a short while since we've seen a consumer SSD release from Intel, and with pressure coming from Samsung in the form of lower cost/GB 20nm flash, it was high time Intel followed suit. The Intel 335 Series launches today, and is essentially the same SandForce-driven product as their SSD 520 Series released earlier this year. The key change is this time around that controller will be driving Intel 20nm flash. This should bring a much needed price reduction to the SSD arena, as the 335 is not being marketed as a 'Pro' unit (like the Samsung's 840 Pro). So long as this new model performs similarly to the 520 Series, we should be in for a good, low cost SSD just in time for the Christmass shopping season.
Given this drive is expected to be very similar to the 520 Series, let's dive right in.
- Capacity: 240GB
- Sequential Read: 500MB/sec
- Sequential Write: 450 MB/sec
- Random Read (4k): 42,000 IOPS
- Random Write (4k): 52,000 IOPS
The standard Intel packaging includes cloning software, a 2.5" to 3.5" mounting bracket, 'Speed Demon' sticker, and other goodies.