REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The top SSD we have tested to date is the Intel 520 240GB SSD and the Intel 330 definitely seems to follow in it’s footsteps, but at a much lower price point. The working components of both SSDs are of identical description with the 330 Series containing only eight modules of memory to the 520’s sixteen which makes sense as the 520 is a 240GB SSD. There would definitely be firmware changes but Intel has fine tuned this SSD for a value conscious target audience which is where it will definitely succeed.
The give and take of it all is a bit of performance when moving incompressible data for a lower priced SSD and this makes perfect sense. The hard facts are that the typical consumer will never realize a need for that performance and will not see any visible performance difference between the 520 and the 330 SSDs in their use. Checking outlets, we see that the difference in price between the 520 and the 330, both 120GB versions, is $30.
The question then becomes one of the choice of Intel over the other brands and Intel has, not only reputation and a three year warranty to stand by, but they have also included just about everything one could imagine to simplify the migration process for the consumer. In addition to the 330 Series SSD, each package contains the adapter bracket, data and power connectors, assembly screws as well as a disk which contains the Intel Data Migration Software and their Solid State Drive Toolbox. We definitely don’t see this in every SSD sold today. In fact, the only negative we can see with this SSD are a bit lower performance results when testing in incompressible data, a point which becomes moot when considering the target audience.
Intel has the size and weight to throw it’s muscle around and we are seeing that all too well. In less than a year we have seen SSD entries in every corner of the market to include today’s 330 Series for the value minded, the 520 for the enthusiast, 710 for the enterprise sector and a recent announcement of the Intel 910 PCIe SSD for the data center. Actually, we have one on route to our office as we speak so I might keep an eye out for it’s review in the next week or so.
Sticking to the Intel 330 though, it has performance, value, a decent warranty, availability and Intel’s reputation for quality which carries their products a long way. They have done very well to introduce a high performing SSD for the value minded consumer and for that, Intel has earned our Gold Seal!