"More affordable" solid state drives are the "single best upgraded you can make to your existing PC," Intel says.

Intel officially launches SSD 330 series

Intel has officially launched the chip giant’s new range of low-cost solid state drives, the Intel SSD 330 series, which company said "blends performance, Intel quality and value."

Describing the SSD 330 Series as a "more affordable entry into the accelerated storage performance of SSDs", Intel’s new drives are available in 60, 120 and 180GB sizes with immediate availability in the channel.

The company announced the cheapest 60GB model would go on sale in the US with a suggested channel price of US$89, while in the UK the drive is listed on Amazon priced at £72.47 albeit out of stock.

Intel SSD boss James Slattery called solid state drives the "single best upgrade you can make to your existing PC."

The Intel SSD 330 series is based on Intel’s 25nm MLC NAND flash memory and compared with the previous 320 series, boosts the SATA interface to the 6GB/s standard.

The 330 Series is good for sequential read speeds up to 500MB/s and write speeds of 450MB/s. Not that these speeds are what brings a boost to PC system performance but rather the near instant random access and the 22,500 IOPS performance.

The SSD would "significantly outperforming a typical consumer hard disk drive," said Intel somewhat obviously.

The 120GB model looks set to sell for around £109 on the street while the 180GB model will fetch £170.

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