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Intel launches SSD 330 Series

Intel launches SSD 330 Series

Intel's SSD 330 Series boasts impressive performance and competitive pricing, but does it beat out the competition?

Intel has formally launched its SSD 330 Series, a low-priced replacement for its SSD 320 Series of solid-state drives.

Based on 25nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash, the new Intel SSD 330 drives boast 6Gb/s SATA interfaces and claimed sequential read performance of 500MB/s with sequential write speed just barely lagging at 450MB/s. Random read performance is given as 22,500 input-output operations per second (IOPS,) with random write hitting 33,000 IOPS.

Designed as Intel's mainstream offering, sitting below the enthusiast-grade SSD 500 family and enterprise-oriented SSD 700 and 900 models, the company is pricing the SSD 330 Series competitively: recommended channel pricing is set at $89 for the bottom-end 60GB model, $149 for the 120GB drive, and $234 for the range-topping 180GB version. All three models come with a three-year limited warranty, as is standard for Intel drives.

Picking Scan's retail pricing as an illustrative example, that translates into a tax-inclusive retail price of £72.72 for the 60GB, £115.34 for the 120GB version and £183.82 for the 180GB.

For Intel-branded drives, that's pretty cheap - but the pricing doesn't compare so well to the competition. Scan is currently selling the SandForce SF2200-based Corsair Force GT 120GB for £120.14, which boasts manufacturer-measured read and write speeds of 555MB/s and 515MB/s respectively - a significant boost in performance for not much more cash.

At the bottom end of the capacity spectrum, the Corsair Force 3 60GB offers 525MB/s read and 490MB/s write for £67.92 - a few pounds cheaper than Intel's offering, and again with a claimed performance increase. A few pounds more, at £75.12, gets the Corsair Force GT 60GB with the same performance rating as its bigger brother.

Even at the high end of the market, Intel's SSDs aren't the cheapest: £157.42 gets you an OCZ Agility 3 180GB, which boasts sequential read performance of 525MB/s and write performance of 500MB/s. As with the other alternatives, the OCZ Agility 3 features the same SATA 6Gb/s connectivity as Intel's latest offering.

For those putting their faith in Intel's brand, however, the new SSD 330 Series could prove a tempting proposition - and the pricing isn't so different to the competition that the drives should be ignored from any purchase decision.

The Intel SSD 330 Series drives are available to order from UK retailers now, although stock has yet to arrive.

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dunx 17th April 2012, 12:41 Quote
I've had my Intel SSD for over two years and it has been flawless... if a bit more pricey !
The Corsair has caused a couple of problems, and my Crucial spat it's dummy out one time....

Obviously I'm no expert but the Intel drive wins on reliability, although I can't rule out whether my problems were with the drives themselves or the systems they were in.

dunx
andrew8200m 17th April 2012, 14:59 Quote
Do bit-tech not check other etailers prices?


Sigh...
Gareth Halfacree 17th April 2012, 15:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
Do bit-tech not check other etailers prices?
Which retailer would you like me to have checked? I'll give you a hand: Scan is one of the only sites in the UK which has pricing live for all three models.

Ebuyer: product not found.
CCL: product not found.

I've just discovered that Overclockers has gone live with pricing and is a few quid cheaper than Scan, but nothing was showing at the time of writing.

I pulled pricing from the first site I found that had prices for all three models. I then used the same site for comparison pricing on the other SSDs, because to do otherwise would be comparing apples to oranges.
andrew8200m 17th April 2012, 15:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Which retailer would you like me to have checked? I'll give you a hand: Scan is one of the only sites in the UK which has pricing live for all three models.

Ebuyer: product not found.
CCL: product not found.

I've just discovered that Overclockers has gone live with pricing and is a few quid cheaper than Scan, but nothing was showing at the time of writing.

I pulled pricing from the first site I found that had prices for all three models. I then used the same site for comparison pricing on the other SSDs, because to do otherwise would be comparing apples to oranges.


http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18389818

Live as of the 4th and with no price changes.

Im just curuious as to why nearly everything in either the Mag or this site is always mainly scan focused given other places have better prices and stock?
3lusive 17th April 2012, 15:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m

Im just curuious as to why nearly everything in either the Mag or this site is always mainly scan focused given other places have better prices and stock?

They have a business partnership: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2010/04/28/scan-and-bit-tech-team-up/1
Gareth Halfacree 17th April 2012, 15:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18389818Live as of the 4th and with no price changes.
Strange - I must have fat-fingered my search this morning, 'cos it definitely wasn't coming up.
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrew8200m
Im just curuious as to why nearly everything in either the Mag or this site is always mainly scan focused given other places have better prices and stock?
I can't speak for anyone else, but Scan was simply the first retailer I thought of. Well, actually the fourth - after Ebuyer, CCL and Overclockers - but the first I was able to find the prices on.

As a freelancer, any relationship betwix Dennis and Scan has no impact on what I write. As I say, it was simply the first site I found with pricing (although I'd readily admit that I must have stuffed up when I was looking on Overclockers.)
fdbh96 17th April 2012, 17:05 Quote
Does Overclockers have free postage as that would make scan cheaper (at least with forum discount anyway).

On overclockers I got £78 for the 60gb one inc. shipping and vat.
andrew8200m 17th April 2012, 17:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by fdbh96
Does Overclockers have free postage as that would make scan cheaper (at least with forum discount anyway).

Scans free postage is with being a member with bit-tech etc

Overclockers is with being a member of Overclockers Forums instead.
Glix 17th April 2012, 20:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
Quote:
Originally Posted by fdbh96
Does Overclockers have free postage as that would make scan cheaper (at least with forum discount anyway).

Scans free postage is with being a member with bit-tech etc With a minimum spend

Overclockers is with being a member of Overclockers Forums instead. With a minimum post count and time on the forum
Fixed.
andrew8200m 17th April 2012, 21:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Glix
Fixed.

Indeed, so post a little and get anything for free without a lower limit. You could buy thermal paste and get free delivery.
Landy_Ed 17th April 2012, 22:19 Quote
I only recently bought my 120Gb 520 series drive. I'd be gutted, but I bought it on superspecial so price difference not that marked.

Not feeling at all cynical about Scan being used for representative pricing, seeing as they're within 1-2% of the more competitive end of the market. If it were always PC World I'd be worried.
true_gamer 18th April 2012, 20:23 Quote
See, I do fine OcUK stocks a lot more than Scan. I always check OcUK before making a purchase, as it's easy to flick through their site (More better layed out than the rest IMO). 9/10 they have stock that other etailers take months to stock.
They were the first to stock the GTX 680 4GB, and still no other etailer has stock of them.

Maybe you guys should start promoting OcUK a bit more? :)
west 18th April 2012, 23:37 Quote
@dunx
even if your issues were caused by the drive stating that Intel SSDs are more reliable with a sample size of 3 drives isn't really appropriate.
That being said I've had issues with my OCZ SSDs in multiple computers so maybe you're on to something.
SpAceman 19th April 2012, 06:08 Quote
My local retailer has stated that Intel SSDs are the most reliable before. They even posted numbers. I will post a link to the Facebook post if I can find it. It was quite a large margin from what I can remember.

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Petrol head 19th April 2012, 09:28 Quote
If signed up at the gadget show or Lits you could have free delivery for life with Scan. No limitations as I have order thermal paste, HDMI cable etc on their own. Not sure I could be bothered with a minimal post count on Overclockers.
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