Intel intros third-generation Solid State Drive 320 Series

Intel is stepping up the storage capacities and dropping the price tags with the introduction of the third-generation Solid State Drive 320 Series.

Intel is stepping up the storage capacities and dropping the price tags with the introduction of the third-generation Solid State Drive 320 Series.

As the successor to the X25-M SATA SSD series, the SSD 320 Series is destined for desktop and laptop computers for users ranging from the basic consumer to someone working in corporate IT. Especially for those who fall into the latter category, these solid state drives support 128-bit advanced encryption to protect sensitive data.

But more importantly, let's talk about speed. The 3Gbps SATA II interface is 66% percent faster in responsiveness than the previous generation with read and write times at 270MB/s and 220MB/s respectively.

With a 3-year limited warranty included, here's the pricing scale:

  • 40GB: $89
  • 80GB: $159
  • 120GB: $209
  • 160GB: $289
  • 300GB: $529
  • 600GB: $1,069

Those prices are touted as 30% cheaper than the previous generation, although note that the 300GB and 600GB options are brand new.

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