Intel 330 solid-state drives listed early

A new line of mainstream solid-state drives might be on the way from Intel. The chipmaker hasn't made any announcements quite yet, but as Engadget reports, early listings for Intel "330 Series" SSDs have quietly appeared at some online retailers.

For example, is taking pre-orders for a 330 Series 120GB drive with a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface. The drive is listed for £109.05 ($174.76), and Amazon says it "will be released on April 13, 2012." Another early listing for the same drive, this time at SabrePC on this side of the Atlantic, quotes a $149 asking price. It also says the SSD will sport 25-nm NAND flash memory, a 500MB/s top sequential read speed, a 450MB/s top sequential write speed, and a three-year warranty.

That's all pretty encouraging, provided it's true. Intel's existing 320 Series 120GB SSD sells for $199.99, and its top read and write speeds are 270MB/s and 130MB/s, respectively. It sounds like the new drive will be not only faster, but also more affordable, as well. And if Amazon UK's quoted release date is accurate, we may see it in stores sooner rather than later.

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