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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.
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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
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1500 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2017-06-28 (Update: 2017-06-28)