Intel SSD 330 120GB Review
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Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products, and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971.
Over the years, Intel has grown its employee base to 82,500 as of December 25, 2010 with approximately 55% of those employees located in the United States.
Looking over the product specifications as given by Intel we find somewhat lower specifications than the 520 this is to be expected . Sequential Reads specified at up to 500MB/s and Sequential Writes specified at up to 450MB/s. Random 4K reads at up to 22,500 IOPS and Random 4K writes of up to 33,000 IOPS. These figures are VERY conservative as you will see. The 330 series unlike the 520 and as previously mentioned is available in a 9.5mm thickness only.
There is of course a price difference between the 330 and the 520. As this review is being written the cost for the 330 sits at $127 available at Amazon and the price for the 520 sits @ $159 available at Newegg. This puts the 330 at a $1 per GB price point which is really outstanding for a Synchronous NAND drive of this caliber.
The 330 series has additional value in that it ships with a 3.5” desktop adapter, 6Gb/s SATA Cable, Molex to SATA power adapter and a link to free migration software. Intel also has a great SSD Toolbox available for download that lets you monitor the drive, update firmware, secure erase the drive and optimize the drives performance. Everything you may need at a great price point.