Intel released the SSD 335 in October last year but the initial launch included only the 240GB version. Today Intel is adding a 180GB model to the SSD 335 lineup. If you recall from our SSD 335 review, the SSD 335 is essentially just SSD 330 but with smaller lithography NAND (20nm vs 25nm). It's still based on SandForce's SF-2281 controller but with customized Intel firmware. The SSD 335 will also be sporting a new case design (see the picture above) later this quarter; drives available today will still have the old plain metal design.

Intel SSD 335 Specifications (180GB & 240GB)
Controller SandForce SF-2281
NAND Intel 20nm MLC
Sequential Read 500MB/s
Sequential Write 450MB/s
4KB Random Read 42K IOPS
4KB Random Write 52K IOPS

Intel is reporting similar performance at both capacities, although I should note that Intel has always been fairly conservative when it comes to published performance specs (for example, most SandForce OEMs claim up to 90K random write). NewEgg is already listing the 180GB SSD 335 and it's currently priced at $180, which is actually $10 more than 180GB SSD 330 (although I would expect the price to drop once more resellers get the SSD 335 in stock). 

Source: Intel Newsroom

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  • DominionSeraph - Saturday, February 02, 2013 - link

    You can get it for $200 (inc shipping) at newegg. ca.
    Better choice for you would be the 250GB Samsung 840 for $171 from DirectCanada.
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  • hrrmph - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    Ignore the naysayers. It was newsworthy for people who were waiting for that drive to appear in the smaller capacity.

    I'd much rather have more info about the availability of Intel SSDs, than too little.

    Also, your article was just about the right length for the event.

    I would remind people that these only have a 3-year warranty. That is a big roll-of-the-dice. I've noticed that most drives crap out before 5 years is up, so I generally don't buy drives unless they have a 5-year warranty.

    When I buy a drive, I basically count on the probability of having to eventually RMA it within 5 years. Some drives live past 5 years, but most of the ones that I use on a daily basis die younger than that.

    The problem with the 3-year warranty drives, is that you just can't count on them to croak within the 3-year window... and to not croak within the two years that follow :).

    That said, I've got two Intel 520 SSDs at the 180GB capacity point and they have been as solid as they get.

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  • Death666Angel - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    Apart from my very first own HDD (20GB in a Pentium III 500MHz PC with an nVidia TNT 2), no HDD I ever owned has died. I still have an Agility 60GB, a Vertex 2 120GB, several 500/750 2.5" HDDs (between 2 and 4 years old), a 1TB and a 1.5TB external HDD approximately 5 years old and 8 2TB drives in 2 RAID arrays between 4 and 2 years old.

    You really got shitty luck :D.
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