Specifications, Pricing and Availability
The consumer 2.5" lineup from Intel consists of the 330 Series, 335 Series and 520 Series. The newest to the lineup is the 335 Series and Intel only offers it in 180GB and 240GB. 335 is also the only family in the current lineup using new 20nm NAND flash.
In the first quarter of 2013 Intel sold twice the number of SSDs than they did in Q1 2012. The company estimates this growth will continue throughout the year, but 25nm flash alone isn't enough to double output. There is already a shortage of 520 Series products and Intel needs 20nm flash, thus 335 Series to fill in gaps. Intel Micron Flash Technology can produce more NAND per wafer with 20nm and that eases pressure on 25nm destined for enterprise and professional products.
Intel' specifications show nearly identical performance between the 330 Series and 335 Series. We felt the 335 was a little faster in 240GB when we tested it a few months ago, but that may have been due to further firmware improvements. The big difference between 330 and 335 on the chart above is power consumption. The Intel 335 uses less than half the power of the 330 and 520 Series and lower power consumption is good for notebook users.
In a surprising move, Intel didn't design the new 335 for use in their own Ultrabook market. The 335 Series has a z-height of 9.5mm or a traditional notebook size. Many of the new Ultrabooks require 7mm SSDs so this is a move we don't agree with. Your existing notebook is still fair game and desktops as well.
Newegg lists the 335 Series at $174.99 (180GB) and $209.99 (240GB). The 335 ships with a nice accessory kit that includes a software disk (with the Intel SSD Toolbox and Intel Data Migration), desktop adapter bracket, SATA power, SATA data cables, screws for mounting the drive, a sticker and a quick installation guide. The 335 Series also has a three year warranty.
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