Intel 335 Series SSD Review – Low Price and Performance Through 20nm MLC Memory

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Once again, the new 335 hits nice numbers when examining response times, IOPS That exceed 85,000, as well as the Total Score.

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

INTEL 335 SERIES 240GB SATA 3 SSD PCMARK VANTAGE SCORING

The Intel 335 attained a high score of 66013 Total Points in PCMark Vantage and it’s high transfer speed was 419MB/s while testing in Windows Media Player.  These are not the best scores we have seen in PCMark Vantage and we can see why when taking a closer look at the resulting transfer speeds below where only four of the tests result in SATA 3 speeds:

Taking a look at our SSD Hierarchy below, we have provided a snapshot of 24 SSDs with similar results to the Intel 335 Series SSD and, just to ensure we are well aware of the performance we are seeing these days, we have also included the top SSD result:

Remember now, these results aren’t the top SSDs to date, but rather, a cut out of those similar to the 335.  This also doesn’t discount the fact that, for some reason, the Intel 335 doesn’t might have a conflict with this benchmark as it the drive utilizes new 20nm memory.  As we can see, it has been top of the pack in all other tests which is why we prefer to include such a variety of benchmarks.

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From your comments, it seems like this is equivalent in performance to 330 SSD, but the price in not much lower than current prices… in fact, today the 335 is more expensive on newegg than 330! (how does that happen?)… I am sure it will change. Is there something else I am missing on this SSD that makes it better for consumer? Just asking….

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Technology is what makes this SSD so interesting. I must admit that I never expected retailers to actually up the manufacturers suggested listed price. For the most part, 20 nm memory increases the potential value and potential size of solid-state drives. Thanks ahead.

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agreed, using 20nm is great. IF the price goes down due to 20nm, then it is interesting. So Intel and Plextor are the only companies with 19nm/20nm SSDs now?

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BAD DRIVES – Sorry for OT, but Anandtech tested Intel 335 240GB (IMFT 20nm sync):http://www.anandtech.com/show/6388/i…240gb-review/2

“In a few days, I managed to write a total of 37.8TB to the NAND and during that time, the MWI had dropped from 92 to 79. In other words, I used up 13% of the drive’s available P/E cycles. This is far from being good news. Based on the data I gathered, the MWI would hit 0 after around 250TB of NAND writes, which translates to less than 1,000 P/E cycles.”

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Is there a reason for using very old Crystal Disk Info for test? Intels 330 shows the Host Write and NAND Write, I ask whether the 335 also can show that?

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The latest version of Crystal Disk Info is only a recent release and we will update for future review. Thanks ahead!