Intel SSD 530 was scheduled for launch in the first two weeks of July 2013 but we didn’t hear any word from Intel as yet. While we are eagerly waiting for an official press release, OEM SSD 530 drives are already on sale in Japan with 180GB storage capacity. It will be available in three form factors – 2.5-inch, mSATA and NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor).
Intel SSD 530 features SandForce SF-2281 controller with SATA III 6Gbps interface and 20nm MLC NAND Flash memory. The SSD measures just 7mm in thickness and storage capacities of 80GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB will be available for the standard 2.5-inch form factor. The mSATA form factor will include storage capacities of 80GB, 180GB, 240GB and 360GB. Intel SSD 530 comes with sustained read seeds up to 550MB/s and write speeds up to 520MB/s. Other specifications include 4KB Random read and write capability up to 60,000 IOPS.
According to the pictures, we only see the 180GB version for sale at the moment with part number (SSDSC2BW180A401). The packaging is quite similar to what we see with OEM drives with no retail info and and company branding of the series. The price of Intel SSD 530 180GB is 20,480 Yen ($204). The price sounds reasonable for a 180GB SSD with similar read and write speeds of high-end SSDs currently available in the market. If you are planning on buying a new SSD for your system then I suggest you should wait for Intel SSD 530 because Intel SSDs are known for their reliability and durability, I can vouch for that since my secondary Intel X25-V is running perfectly after four years of use.