Intel readies new 80GB and 180GB 335 Series SSDs.
How many times have you sat and around and said, "Gee, I wish this SSD line came in smaller capacities!"? We find ourselves on the opposite end of the spectrum, but admittedly there are scenarios in which a smaller SSD might get the job done, and for less money. Maybe you're looking for strictly a boot drive with a little bit of headroom, and/or want a speed boost on a strict budget. Whatever the reason might be, Intel is going to oblige with two new 335 Series SSDs .
New 80GB (SSDSC2CT080A4K5) and 180GB (SSDSC2CT180A4K5) models join the existing 240GB model that introduced the industry's first 20nm SSD family . It sports the same architecture with 20nm MLC NAND chips and a SATA 6Gbps interface, though it's not yet known if the new capacities will feature the same 500MB/s write and 450MB/s read performance as the 240GB drive.
Chinese language website Enpreview.com got its mitts on the new SSDs, which have been given a facelift over the introductory model. The plain aluminum casing with blue Intel logo has been replaced with a picture of a silicon blueprint and black Intel logo, along with a black bezel.
No word yet on price, though as a point of reference, the 240GB model streets for around $200.