Summary: When we go shopping for computer parts, we rarely point to a specific product and say that's the model I want and I'm going to save up until I can buy it. The process generally starts out a bit different and based on what's free in our bank account.
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.
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: Not so long ago Intel started slowly replacing their inexpensive SSD 330 series products with the newer SSD 335 ones. According to the manufacturer, there should be no major differences in the characteristics, but we disagree.
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?
Summary: Admittedly, I spent more time in the review looking at how the new 335 Series compared to the 520 Series that I largely ignored the Samsung 840 250GB. The 335 is good enough to compare to Intel's flagship consumer SSD and for the most part walks away from Samsung's new mainstream SSD in this...
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time.
Pros: Outstanding 558/533 MBps read/write speed with ATTO, Produced 80,015 combined 4K IOPS, Among the fastest SATA-based SSDs available, TCG OPAL security with 256-bit AES encryption, Uses 20nm NAND flash components, SandForce SF-2281 processor supports TRIM, SMART, and RAISE, DuraWrite technology ext...
Cons: Similar products carry five-year warranty, Expensive enthusiast-level product
Summary: The solid state storage market has rapidly evolved over the last four years or so. Whereas early drives were relatively slow and offered inconsistent performance, current high-end drives routinely approach the limits of the SATA interface and off much better performance, both in terms of sequential...
Pros: Good Performance, 3-Year warranty, Competitive Pricing
Cons: Not quite as fast as some other SandForce-Based Drives
Summary: Intel is arguably better at mass-producing semiconductors than anyone else in the business. That prowess has served its microprocessor division well, and it's definitely paying dividends on SSD front.