Intel launches new affordable 64-layer 3D NAND 545s SSD

Intel's 545s 512GB SSD model is priced at $180. (Source: Intel)
Intel's 545s 512GB SSD model is priced at $180. (Source: Intel)
Intel presents its first 64-layer 3D flash series with storage capacities ranging from 128GB all the way up to 2TB. The 512GB model costs $180.

While Intel’s previous SSD models weren’t particularly the cheapest or fastest, the Santa Clara giant intends to change all that with a new model specifically designed for the mainstream market. The new 2.5-inch 545s SSD is meant to combine high storage capacity with speed while keeping costs as low as possible.

The 545s integrates the extra-dense 64-layer 3D NAND flash configurations, thus reducing the needed number of storage chips and leads to lower overall prices. How low? As low as $180 for the 512GB model. Intel intends to launch models ranging from 128GB all the way up to 2TB in the near future.

Performance-wise, the 545s is able to provide speeds of up to 550MB/s for sequential reading and 500MB/s for sequential writing and even though these numbers are not really a big improvement over the 540s models, the difference is in the sustained speeds offered by the 545s in non-ideal conditions.

Competition on the mainstream side of SSDs is about to get fierce, as Samsung, Toshiba, Western Digital and ADATA are also preparing to launch affordable 64-layer 3D models of their own this summer. This always a good sign for the end users, as the price wars should reduce the overall costs and make the old hard disks obsolete.  

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Bogdan Solca, 2017-06-28 (Update: 2017-06-28)
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.