Intel unveiled the new 5 Series (SSD 540s) mainstream solid-state drives. The 5 Series SSD is part of Intel’s new consumer SSD lineup with capacities of 180 GB, 240 GB, 360 GB, 480 GB, and 1 TB, and in two form-factors – 7 mm-thick 2.5-inch, and 80 mm M.2 with SATA 6 Gb/s interface. There will be 7 Series SSDs, which offers the highest performance, leveraging M.2 PCIe, U.2, or PCIe interface, and NVMe protocol. The 5 Pro series retains conventional SATA 6 Gb/s and M.2 SATA interfaces, but with the fastest MLC NAND flash memory and the SSD 5 series comes with TLC NAND flash memory which is designed to be cost-effective.
The new 5 series transfer rates vary by model, but it’s around read speeds of up to 560 MB/s, with write speeds of up to 480 MB/s. The SSD 5 Series comes with a 5-year warranty.