Intel ships SSD 335 as its first drive with 20nm flash, asks just a little to stay cutting-edge

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Intel SSD 335

Don’t panic, SSD 330 owners: your drive hasn’t been immediately rendered obsolete. Intel’s new SSD 335 is just the first shipping drive using the company’s 20-nanometer flash memory. The shrink down from 25nm is primarily a technological showcase that proves the more scalable, hi-K/metal gate borrowed from processors can fly in NAND-based storage. Buyers will still get the same 500MB/s read speeds and 450MB/s writes in a 2.5-inch, SATA 6Gbps drive that will stuff neatly into many desktops and laptops. Intel is shy about pricing for the lone 240GB variant on offer, although a quick scan finds it selling for a slight premium over its ancestor, at $210. While that’s still frugal in this day and age, we’re guessing that Intel’s vow to “pass along the savings” with the SSD 335 won’t truly be realized without a reseller price drop or two.

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