Excerpt: Over the last three months we back tracked and covered 128GB class SSDs after all but dismissing their existence for nearly a year. After installing Windows 8 on a SuperSSpeed S301 SLC 120GB SSD, I think it was a mistake. Windows 8, like every version of Windows before it, takes more space than its predecessor used. As we're shown in the past, SSDs slow in a linier fashion to the amount of data on the flash.
Excerpt: The last time we heard from Intel 's SDD department it was throwing around its performance-oriented 520 Series SSD that rocked a SandForce controller and custom Intel firmware with 25nm NAND flash. That drive earned a 9 verdict from us but no Kick Ass award, as its performance was about equal to its peers’ but not better.
Pros: Respectable performance across the board; relatively inexpensive
Cons: Not faster than previous drives; price should be even lower to be competitive; 9.5” tall
Summary: Intel has priced its latest SSD 335 Series at Rs10,700 plus taxes for 240GB. This is very good pricing on Intel’s part given the performance it offers and the capacity of the drive. You’ll usually find 120GB SSDs at this price point and with much lower performance, so the SSD 335 makes for a very tempting buy.
Summary: The Intel 335 is an evolutionary milestone that takes the value oriented Intel 330 series and transitions it to 20nm NAND. This transition is needed for Intel to remain competitive in the value SSD market. The price of SSDs are dropping rapidly as these near commoditization, and new technologies in the form of TLC NAND are driving the prices down even further.
TLC NAND, while cheap, has the undesirable trait of lower endurance than other types of NAND.
Summary: Intel has released its new Intel 335 Series SSDs featuring 20nm MLC NAND and a SandForce SF-2281 processor. Its new MLC NAND boasts impressive power and write specifications. This SSD is geared for the budget market, but will it be able to compete with low-cost TLC alternatives?
Excerpt: Looking back, Intel's 520 Series was the best SSD build using the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. Intel was allowed to build its own firmware for the 2281 and as a result didn't need to do the firmware dance. When SandForce need to make big changes to the programming in order to work with 19nm Toggle flash, Intel didn't need to follow the same path because they own a flash fab - well, 49% of it anyway.