Intel's 80GB 335 Series SSD hits shelves

By on April 24, 2013, 1:30 PM

This week Intel added an 80GB model to its current line-up of 335 Series SSDs. The 2.5-inch 80GB drive is Intel's third and possibly final addition to the 335 family poised to sit alongside its two larger 180GB and 240GB siblings. The chip-maker's previous addition was a 180GB model announced in February.

Not much is known about Intel's 80GB variant. In fact, Intel still hadn't updated its 335 Series page to include the newly release model by the time of this writing. Even so, it should be reasonable to expect more of the same in terms of performance and features.

The chip-maker's family of 335 Series SSDs touts the first Hi-K/metal gate stack in NAND production, a 20nm design developed by IM Flash Technologies -- a joint venture between Intel and Micron (Crucial).

Intel's 240GB flagship model pairs 500MB/sec and 450MB/sec sequential reads and writes with 4KB read and write IOPS measuring in at 42K and 52K, respectively.

Despite a solid design and good performance numbers, Intel's 335 Series offerings do tend to be pricier than that of their competitors, the likes of which OCZ and Crucial. Of course, Intel has a long history of charging a premium for its SSDs, although it has made some efforts in recent times cut those prices.

Although Intel's announcement failed to mention a price, it appears the 80GB SSD is available from a few e-tailers for just under $110 (after S/H). At that price, the SSDSC2CT080A4K5 hovers close to $1.30 per gigabyte. By comparison, the 180GB and 240GB models run close to $170 and $210, respectively.




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Fbarnett Fbarnett said:

Who wants 80gb? I cant believe that people buy anything under 500gb. I guess I do under stand where people buy a ssd at 250gb so they can have a ssd but 80gb is 2 small unless they are like $30.00

Gopal Bhat Gopal Bhat said:

Who wants 80gb? I cant believe that people buy anything under 500gb. I guess I do under stand where people buy a ssd at 250gb so they can have a ssd but 80gb is 2 small unless they are like $30.00

I agree, 80GB is on the small side.

Although, I am currently running my desktop with an 80GB Intel X25-M SSD.

The OS & all my programs get installed onto that & the games/movies/photos etc go on one of the other 6 HDD's (12TB total)

Still got 22GB free aswell, so not in a big hurry to upgrade, despite the drive being over 3yrs old now.

Although if I was running a laptop with one disc drive bay, I'd be looking into acquiring the Crucial M500 960GB

Vilandra Vilandra said:

I just bought a 250 because I'm going to use it as a boot drive and keep my hdd alongside it, and I couldn't justify the extra expense for the 500 on a laptop that's a couple years old. But I can't imagine trying to use 80, but I guess if you're just using it for OS that would be okay...

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