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Ever since Solid State Drives (SSDs) were first introduced to the general public roughly 5 years ago they have been amongst my favorite hardware components and in a way monopolized my reviews up until a year ago. The reason behind that last part is that although up until a year ago there were large performance jumps with each new model released (making it more than worth testing to see the exact difference in speed with previous models) that no longer was the case and so inside 2012 the only thing that really changed was the price of such devices. Still many of you have asked several SSD reviews during the past 2 months and as always we obliged by starting to gather several samples from the leading manufacturers. This time over however in order to be more "time effective" we will not wait until we have 10-20 all together for a large comparison like the old days (more impressive but takes too much time to complete) and so on our test bench today lays the latest Intel 335 Series 240GB SATA III model.
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Roughly 6 months ago Intel released their 330 series of SSDs based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller and 25nm Intel/Micron MLC NAND. However although even as we speak the 330 Series is still quite new and popular in the market the 335 Series released just a couple of months back is actually its successor featuring 20nm Intel/Micron MLC NAND and thus lower production cost in time. Of course that also means that there can't be any serious performance differences (if at all) between these two models (330/335) but it's never a bad thing to purchase a newer model at the same price as the older one since naturally the new model will also have better support from the manufacturer (firmware updates). Unfortunately since we've been away from SSD testing for quite a few months we haven't really gotten our hands on the 330 series but thanks to our previous comparison there are plenty of SSDs based on the SandForce SF-228x controller in our charts so let’s see just how good the latest 335 series 240GB SATA III SSD is compared to those.