In what amounts to a behind-the-scenes refresh, Intel’s latest solid state drive, the Intel SSD 335, is the company’s first flash product that has been built from the ground up on a new 20nm manufacturing process. Generally speaking, as companies shrink their manufacturing processes, they’re able to fit more transistors on a given area of substrate. It also tends to offer higher power and capabilitity while consuming less electricity.
This release, however, doesn’t quite hit those lofty goals. More of a, “hey, look what we can do!” moment, the new SSD 335 serves as proof of concept as much as it does a competitive product. Built around the SandForce SF-2281 controller, these new drives are capable of 500MB/s sequential read speeds, and a still-strong 450MB/s sequential write. For now, you’ll only be able to pick one of these up in 240GB variants – the good news, at least, is that Intel is taking a very strong pricing stance. The Intel 335 carries an MSRP of just $184, which is about as cheap as you’ll find for a drive with this much storage from any manufacturer.