Intel released the SSD 335 in October last year but the initial launch included only the 240GB version. Today Intel is adding a 180GB model to the SSD 335 lineup. If you recall from our SSD 335 review, the SSD 335 is essentially just SSD 330 but with smaller lithography NAND (20nm vs 25nm). It's still based on SandForce's SF-2281 controller but with customized Intel firmware. The SSD 335 will also be sporting a new case design (see the picture above) later this quarter; drives available today will still have the old plain metal design.

Intel SSD 335 Specifications (180GB & 240GB)
Controller SandForce SF-2281
NAND Intel 20nm MLC
Sequential Read 500MB/s
Sequential Write 450MB/s
4KB Random Read 42K IOPS
4KB Random Write 52K IOPS

Intel is reporting similar performance at both capacities, although I should note that Intel has always been fairly conservative when it comes to published performance specs (for example, most SandForce OEMs claim up to 90K random write). NewEgg is already listing the 180GB SSD 335 and it's currently priced at $180, which is actually $10 more than 180GB SSD 330 (although I would expect the price to drop once more resellers get the SSD 335 in stock). 

Source: Intel Newsroom

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  • mattbowler - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    I love reading Anandtech, and is often the first site I visit on a browse, to read the thorough reviews and interesting news articles.

    However this is the most pointless piece of news I think I have seen :) Could simply have been written as:

    Intel releases 180GB version of the same drive it released in 240GB a few months back. Performs the same, bit cheaper.

    Yours
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  • Kristian Vättö - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    I admit that this definitely isn't a very interesting piece of news, but it's still a product announcement from a big company. I'll have something nice for you on Monday, trust me :-) Reply
  • webmastir - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    Aw. What a tease! Can't wait. Reply
  • mattbowler - Saturday, February 02, 2013 - link

    I look forward to it, keep up the good work! Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    I agree. This is dissappointing.

    I was expecting SOMETHING noteworthy about the 180GB version. Perhaps there's a version of the 180GB 335 that uses 25nm flash and Anandtech is warning us? Maybe there's a new controller that snuck its way onto this particular version of the 335? Nothing quirky like that, just an empty product release.
    Reply
  • mikedice - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    You can get the 240GB right now on Amazon for $193. This needs to be like $140-$150 Reply
  • webmastir - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    Really? Got a link handy? Reply
  • cmwris - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    $192.99 w/ Amazon Prime:
    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Series-2-5-Inch-240GB-...
    Reply
  • Guspaz - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    *goes to amazon.com link*
    Huh, $193... But "We are not able to ship this item to your default shipping address."
    *changes .com to .ca*
    Huh, $293...
    Reply
  • Death666Angel - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    Glad to see I'm not the only one amazon.com won't ship to (though .de is something different than .ca) :D Reply

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