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Intel 330 Series 60 GB: The SSD of the moment?

The first quarter of 2012 was an opportunity for Intel to renew several of its SSD series with the recent launch of the 330 Series.

The 330 Series are designed to provide high throughput and aggressive pricing. Addressed to the general public, this range has three versions with capacities of 60, 120 and 180 GB. Intel uses MLC NAND Flash 25 nm memory and an SF-2281 controller that supports SATA 6 Gb/s.

For a 60 GB SSD, of limited number of chips, the performance is quite good, even excellent on reading. With SandForce controller and synchronous chips, the 330 Series is showing off its best. By cons, when it comes to writing and specifically incompressible data, performance is actually worse than the 520 Series.

The Intel 330 Series 60GB is an affordable solution proposed at around $90.

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