Available in 40, 80, 120, 160, 300 and 600GB capacities, the 320 series boasts a number of advantages over its second-generation predecessor, including better performance and enhanced security. The new SSDs are all based on its 25-nm NAND flash memory and feature 128-bit AES encryption. According to Intel, the 25-nm memory in the 320 series gives it an up to 30 percent price advantage over the current generation.
The SSD 320 is capable of sequential read and write speeds of up to 220 MB/s and 270 MB/s, respectively. But the third-generation SSDs only support the 3Gb/s SATA II interface and not the new and faster 6Gb/s SATA interface.
According to Intel, when purchased in 1000-unit lots, the 40, 80, 120, 160, 300, and 600GB SSDs in the 320 series are available for $89, $159, $209, $289, $529, and $1,069, respectively – not the retail prices.