Intel's upcoming 330 Series SSD could turn out to be the solid state bargain the market has been waiting for based on pricing revealed ahead of the official launch.
Retailers have listed the Intel 330 SSD before Intel has officially unwrapped the budget solid state drive. US retailers listed the 120GB version of the drive for $149 while Amazon UK is currently listing the same drive for £109.05 with free delivery, due for release on the 13th of April. Considerable cheaper than the retailer is offering the former SSD 320 Series 120GB drive at £155.56.
Intel's value-oriented range has not been without hiccups however, the former SSD 320 Series suffered a nasty firmware bug that caused the drives to report a size of just 8MB. Intel eventually released a firmware fix but brand Intel took a reputation knock, formerly being regarded a cut above similarly bugged rivals.
The 330 Series combines a 25nm NAND flash memory process with SATA 6Gb/s interface support to deliver sequential read speeds of 500 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 450 MB/s. Par for the course given the current state of play of SSD performance.
£109 for a 120GB solid state drive the cheapest Intel-branded drive yet but recently the channel has also seen deep discounting of similar spec and capacity SSDs, possibly to clear inventory before the Intel drive appears.
Last weekend eBuyer discounted the OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD for just £99, even now the device is priced at £110.