The rumored price cuts for Intel’s consumer SSD lines have gone into effect a bit earlier than anticipated. Intel made the announcement on its website, and while it didn’t quote exact prices, a quick search on Newegg.com shows that the numbers reported last week were mostly spot on.
For example, 180GB, 120GB, and 60GB variants of the 330 Series are down to $159.99, $99.99, and $69.99, respectively. VR-Zone had predicted cuts to $154, $104, and $69. Meanwhile, the 520 Series now starts at $104.99 for the 60GB model, $149.99 for 120GB, $209.99 for 180GB, $269.99 for 240GB, and $519.99 for 480GB -- previously their Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) was set at $109, $189, $279, $349, and $809 respectively.
The older 320 Series doesn’t appear to have been affected by the cuts yet -- at least not on Newegg.
The new prices will make Intel’s drives more competitive against the rest of the market, which has seen overall prices for mainstream SSDs go on a steady decline over the past year.
In addition to the price cuts Intel also announced a new 240GB variant for the SSD 330 Series, which was previously capped at 180GB. Like other members of Intel’s newest entry-level SSD family it can handle up to 500 MB/s sequential reads, up to 450 MB/s sequential writes, up to 42,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 52,000 IOPS 4K random writes. Pricing for this model hasn’t been revealed yet.
The Intel SSD 520 Series is aimed at performance buffs with initial SF-2281-based models offering capacities of 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB. It also has a slim design, measuring 100 x 69.85 x 9.5mm and weighing up to 78 grams. The 60GB model packs read and write speeds of 550MB/s - 475MB/s, while the larger 120GB version provides 550MB/s reads and 500MB/s writes. The 180GB, 240GB and 480GB models are slightly faster again as the write performance is boosted to 520MB/s. Naturally, using the SATA 6Gb/s interface is essential to achieving those speeds.
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