Intel 330 series Solid State Drive reviews
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
Anadtech have reviewed the brand new and budget orientated Intel 330 series SATA 3Gb/s solid state drives, which features the same SF2281 controller as the Intel 520 series.
Here's what they had to say:
"Of the available SandForce drives, I've felt most comfortable recommending Intel's own. The pass through Intel's validation labs provides that extra peace of mind that hopefully translates into a better overall experience. In the past Intel has been a reliable option in the market but not necessarily the most affordable. The 330 attempts to correct the latter. While other drives are cheaper, the 330 does give you a unique combination of an Intel validated drive at a competitive price point.
The performance delta between the 330 and the 520 is narrow enough that I don't see a reason to recommend the 520 unless you need a higher capacity drive. The loss of endurance is likely something no typical end user would ever notice. Perhaps the lower p/e cycle is enough to keep the 330 out of write heavy enterprise deployments, but otherwise it's a non-issue."
With a rock bottom price the Intel 330 series is very good value. Though the lowered warranty and reduced endurance NAND is obviously how Intel was able to cut costs.
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