The Intel 660p SSD has been officially announced and it uses 64-layer 3D QLC NAND. It is supposed to be positioned between the 600p and 700p. Not only does it feature a 64-layer stacked QLC NAND, it also comes with a new controller. The Intel 660p SSD is available in 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB capacities.
If we talk about value for money, the Intel 660p SSD costs less than $0.20 per GB which is cheaper than any SATA SSD on the market that offers a 3 year warranty and even better, Intel is giving a 5 year warranty on the Intel 660p SSD, which makes it even better value for money.
SATA SSDs have become reasonably cheap but the SATA interface is the limiting factor when it comes to bandwidth and it is limited to 500MB/s. This is where the Intel 660p SSD comes into play. Intel is bringing down pricing in order to make faster storage solutions available to the masses. The NVM Express interface offers 4 times the speed as compared to the SATA interface and makes storage and files transfers even faster. This technology offers speeds up to 4GB/s.
Moving on to the performance of the Intel 660p SSD, the SSD is able to deliver read speed up to 1800 MB/s, and transfer speed is 1100 MB/s. This is a huge leap in performance as compared to SATA SSDs, plus there are no moving parts and these storage devices do not take up as much space as the traditional HDDs of old.
You might think that with the higher speed, you will be expected to pay a higher price as well but that is not the case here. The MSRP for the 512GB drive is just $99 and you will pay $199 for the 1TB drive. This is great value for money if you compared the pricing to the standard SATA SSD. You are getting much faster storage for around the same pricing.
I am sure that these storage devices will do just fine and there will be plenty of people that will switch to the Intel 660p SSD in the near future. There is a 2 TB version coming as well but we do not know what the price of that model will be. For more information regarding the matter, stay tuned.