Intel has just unveiled the SSD 5 Series (SSD 540s) mainstream solid state drives. The naming of the drives is part of Intel’s new nomenclature for its consumer SSD lineup. So you will have the SSD 7 Series at the top with the highest performance and being available making us of M.2 PCIe, U.2, and NVMe protocols. The SSD 5 Pro series will be available in the more conventional 2.5-inch and M.2 SATA interfaces, but will have the fastest MLC NAND available. The SSD 5 Series (non Pro) features TLC NAND and is designed to be cost-effective.
The SSD 5 series drives have different speeds depending on capacity, but the highest performance drives offer read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and write speeds of 480 MB/s. Available capacities include 180GB, 240GB, 360GB, 480GB, and 1TB. The drive will be available in the traditional 7mm 2.5-inch form factor and 80 mm M.2. To our knowledge it is the only TLC-based SSD on the market that has a 5-year warranty.