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Intel Third-Generation 320 Series SSD announced; Available up to 600GB for a Starting Price of $89

Intel Third-Generation 320 Series SSD announced; Available up to 600GB for a Starting Price of $89

Intel  announced its next generation of Solid-State Drives (SSD), the 320 Series, which double the capacity of last years models to 600GB. Still, for many models, prices have dropped as much as 20 percent from last year, despite the increases in capacity (consumer prices may vary). It seems that Moore’s Law can’t be beat. The 320 series will replace Intel’s current X25-M SSDs and utilize the new 25nm NAND Flash memory process that Intel unveiled last year. The new drives are intended for laptop and desktop computers.

The third-gen SSDs more than double sequential write speeds as well, up to 220 MB/s sequential writes, together with up to 270 MB/s sequential reads.

“With recent announcements, we have expanded our SSD product line and now offer both consumers and computer OEMs more SSD choices,” said Tom Rampone, vice president and general manager, Intel NVM Solutions Group. “We see the Intel SSD 320 as a solid advancement to our SSD roadmap, and will continue to upgrade and refresh our SSD product line as we add more enterprise options for our business customers throughout the year.”

Unlike the SSD 510 Series, the 320 Series uses a 3Gbps SATA II interface rather than 6Gbps. The 320 Series is priced at 40GB at $89; 80GB at $159; 120GB at $209; 160GB at $289; 300GB at $529 and 600GB at $1,069 (in 1,000-unit quantities).

Intel assures better data security (128-bit encryption), power-loss management, and new data redundancy features. The new drives come in the following sizes and prices. All drives come with a 3 year warranty.

There is a Video below before you skip the page to the devices performance.

[youtube width=”500″ height=”344″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WhWwm2OL-E&feature

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