According to a leaked roadmap from Intel, its Pro Series of SSD drives are set to launch between Q2-Q4 of this year while its consumer oriented 530 series will be launching sometime in July.
The Pro 1500 series will have drives ranging in capacity from 80, 180, 240 and 360 GB. It willl ship in the 80 mm form factor and will utilize the M.2 (former NGFF) interface. In Q3, 2.5 mSATA versions of the drive will be available in the 180, 240, 360 and 480 GB capacities.
Intel’s consumer-oriented 530 SSD is finally set to ship next week after delays, according to our channel sources.
When the drive does debut, it will be available in capacities of 80, 180, 240 and 360 GB. It will be based on the M.2 interface and will reportedly continue to use the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. The drive’s NAND flash will be updated to 20nm MLC tech.
Details about the drive’s NAND memory and controller are not confirmed, and won’t be confirmed until the drive launches.
Pricing for the 530 family will range from approximately $152 for the low-end 80GB models and approximately $419 for the high-end 360GB versions. At the mid-range is the 180GB models which will cost in the low to mid $200 range.
In terms of gigabyte-per-dollar, the 530 family provides between $1.17 to $1.9/GB. In comparison, Samsung’s 840 Pro provides $1.08/GB while Seagate’s 600 SSD comes in at $2.6/GB (based on Amazon’s price listing). OCZ’s Vector SSD came in at a cost per gigabyte of $1.05 to $1.17 depending on the size of the drive and variances in retailer’s price.
It’s important to remember that in the last go-around of SSD wars, Samsung wiped the floor with the 840 Pro. It had the mix of price and performance. Considering that Intel’s 530 family uses similar tech to its predecessors, it’s questionable as to whether the drive can catch-up to the competition in the performance game.