Intel has announced its new line of SSDs, the Solid State Drive 730 Series. Equipped with 20nm MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory chips, these 2.5-inch SSDs uses the Intel PC29AS21CA0 controller, which also powers the Intel 3500- and 3700 Series SSDs. The 730 series also sports a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, sequential read speeds of 550MB/s and a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 1,200,000 hours. Intel says the controller in the SSD 730 is overclocked by 50 percent, while the flash is boosted by 20 percent to substantially increase overall performance.
The SSD 730 comes in 240GB and 480GB capacities. The main difference between the two versions comes in the form of sustained sequential write speeds. The SSD 730 series is due in the middle of March, with a suggested price of $249 for the 240GB version and $489 for the 480GB model.