Intel to Launch Lower Capacity 335 Series Solid State Drives

Paul Lilly

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 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.

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