Lower Intel SSD Prices Take Effect, 240 GB SSD 330 Model Introduced

45a Lower Intel SSD Prices Take Effect, 240 GB SSD 330 Model Introduced

The reduced suggested retailer pricing for Intel's SSD 320, SSD 330, and SSD 520 series that we reported last week, has taken effect, according to an Intel press-release. The company also announced a 240 GB variant of the SSD 330.

The reduced suggested retailer pricing for Intel's SSD 320, SSD 330, and SSD 520 series, which we reported last week, has taken effect, according to an Intel press-release. The company also announced a 240 GB variant of the SSD 330.

45b Lower Intel SSD Prices Take Effect, 240 GB SSD 330 Model Introduced

Intel reduced the MSRPs of the retail packages of several SSD 320, SSD 330, and SSD 520 models, by 20-37 percent. The price-cuts make the drives competitive against the rest of the market, which typically responds quicker to the market in the area of pricing. You can find details of the new prices in our older article

Before these price cuts, Intel appears to have ensured that the higher-capacity variants of SSD 330 series don't compete with SSD 520 series models, as the former has better price-per-GB and price-performance ratio, while the latter has superior performance. SSD 330 series was hence capped out at 180 GB. The new pricing appears to have created room for a new SSD 330 variant. The new variant comes with 240 GB capacity, and could be priced around US $199-210, between the SSD 520 180 GB and SSD 520 240 GB. 

The numbers associated with the SSD 330 240 GB don't differ from the other members in the family. Sequential speeds remain up to 500 MB/s reads, up to 450 MB/s writes, up to 42,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 52,000 IOPS 4K random writes. The drive is built in the 9.5 mm-thick 2.5-inch form-factor with SATA 6 Gbps interface. The drive will be available in notebook upgrade, desktop upgrade, and OEM packages.

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