Intel 330 

Released April, 2012
  • 180 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
  • 0 MB
6.3 Out of 10

The AS SSD read test result of 369MB/s isn't spectacular, either, but peak sequential performance is just part of the story.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)
This difference, while significant, is not huge, and the extra capacity might well make up for its reduced performance.
by techPowerUp!

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel 330

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

Intel 330
Intel 520
4K Random Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

Intel 330
Intel 520
4K Random Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Intel 330
Intel 520
Windows 7 Boot-up Time and AS SSD ISO Copy


How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Intel 330
Intel 520
Passmark Disk Rating, PCMark Vantage, AS SSD Score and 1 more


SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

Intel 330
Intel 520

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel 330

4K Random Read

Intel 330
134.93 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s
Samsung 840
303.68 MB/s

4K Random Write

Intel 330
17.45 MB/s
840 EVO
106.65 MB/s
Intel 520
81.39 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

Intel 330
16 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s
8.6 s

Avg. Power Consumption

Intel 330
1.2 Watts
Intel 520
2.66 Watts
2.43 Watts

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel 330

Sequential performance seems to be limited by the reduced number of flash channels (the drive uses only 12 chips, whereas other drives use 16, which provides higher bandwidth).

Broadly, we're talking about lower performance, but more specifically, cheaper components.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It looks like this drive uses the same PCB as the Intel 530 SSD, but with fewer flash chips (channels) and a slower firmware.
by techPowerUp!
Performance aside, it's also worth noting that the 330 Series is rated for fewer write cycles than the Intel 520 Series and comes with a three-year instead of five-year warranty.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)
When it comes to random access performance (which is much more reflective of most of the data traffic any SSD has to deal with) the situation looks much rosier.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)


Nowadays, drives with 120 GB end up being too small for many users, but 240 GB is still too expensive.
by techPowerUp!
Being based on the Sandforce SF-2281 controller, the drive also delivers proven performance, especially our enterprise MySQL test with a low number of threads shows great results, which could make this drive a good choice for a database server that is not heavily loaded while still requiring more performance than HDDs can offer.Price-wise, the drive comes at an excellent $140, which translates into a cost of $0.78 per GB - amongst the lowest currently available.
by techPowerUp!
But instead of cheaper asynchronous flash memory, it gets premium synchronous chips.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)


The drive's 4K write performance is measured over three levels of loading (amount of used space vs. amount of free space for the controller to use as potentially spare performance-enhancing area).
by techPowerUp!
As we begin our test, the SSD controller has vast amounts of free / OP area space at its disposal, which causes it to pump out its highest write IOPS.
by techPowerUp!
We still notice the odd spikes as the controller finds free-space to use.
by techPowerUp!


Overall, we see the drive being about 10% slower than the top-end SSDs in our test group.
by techPowerUp!


Also, many users don't need 240 GB of capacity for their Windows installation and applications, especially if they have a large HDD for storage of media files and downloads.
by techPowerUp!

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Capacity 180 GB
Cache 0 MB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller SandForce 2281
Memory type MLC
NAND process size 25 nm
Maximum shock force 1,500G

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Mfg warranty 3 years
Thickness 10 mm
Weight 80 g

manufacturer performance

Sequential read 500 MB/s
Sequential write 450 MB/s
Random read 42,000 IOPS
Random write 52,000 IOPS
Power consumption (Idle) 0.6 Watts
Power consumption (Active) 0.85 Watts
MTBF 1,200,000 hours
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