Chip manufacturer Intel has launched its new 330 Series of solid state drives (SSDs) throughout online and in-store retailers worldwide.

The 330 Series represents impressive performance of SATA 6 gigabits-per-second speeds, which is double that of the 320 Series, but with an affordable cost that can meet the budgets of most computer enthusiasts.

Prices begin at a suggested $89 (£59) for the drives, which are available in 60, 120 and 180GB sizes.

This is great news for PC builds across the globe as many more will be able to afford the overall boost to system performance and application processing that SSDs provide.

"An SSD is still the single best upgrade you can make to your existing PC, and the Intel SSD 330 Series gives users the latest Intel SSD technology at a price to meet their budget," said James Slattery, product line manager for client SSDs, Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group.

"Backed by Intel's rigorous testing process, the Intel SSD 330 Series offers our users the speed they need at a great price, backed by world-class manufacturing, reliability and tech support."

SSDs, unlike traditional hard disk drives (HDD), have no spinning or moving parts and, therefore, they are more durable and less of a drain on the system's power supply.

They provide particular benefits when it comes to running the intensive input/output-based applications that are a mainstay for contemporary PC users.

The 330 Series itself uses Intel 25-nonmetre multi-level cell NAND memory and a rapid SATA interface that can read up to 500Mbps and write at 450Mbps.

It comes in a 2.5-inch form and can be used in a dual-drive set-up that enables much faster boot times and application processing or as a replacement in a single-drive notebook.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801343368-ADNFCR
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