Intel 335 Series SSDSC2CT240A4K5
Like other Intel SSDs we’ve reviewed (and unlike just about all the others), the 335 case is fully metallic. It is 9.5mm in height, so conforms to the 2.5″ drive size used in standard notebooks.
If you’re wondering why the drive looks so… dirty… it just comes that way. We noticed the same thing with the Intel 520, and it doesn’t buff out. Intel is obviously going more for an “all go, no show” vibe with all their drives, while others like the Samsung 830 and Kingston HyperX SSD put a lot of effort into looking great.
The standard Phillips screws are unimpeded by a warranty label, so taking the Intel 335 apart is care-free.
If you were expecting fewer chips, keep in mind that while the die was shrunk, they are still 8 GB each. So the Intel 335 uses the same two-8GB-die-per-chip layout as most 25 nm MLC flash drives. This arrangement gives the SandForce controller parallel access to up to 32 channels, which allows it to thoroughly saturate all 8 of its channels.
Aside from the new flash, the Intel 335 is essentially identical to the 330 it replaces, and similar to other SandForce drives in its class.
The Intel 335 comes with everything you need to install inside even the most woefully under-equipped (or near full upgrade capacity) PC case. A 2.5″ to 3.5″ bay adapter is included, along with a SATA3 cable, Molex to SATA power adapter, and screws. It also comes with data migration software, and the awesome Intel SSD Toolbox software utility:
I always apprecaite it when an SSD maker includes useful software like this, especially when it makes my job easier. It will be useful for most people as well, with its Optimizer and System Tuner functions.
The Intel 335 is made in China, and comes with a 3 year warranty.
Now let’s get to performance!