Intel SSD 545s: The Next Great Budget SSD Has Arrived
PCWorld|August 2017
Intel SSD 545s: The Next Great Budget SSD Has Arrived

Intel SSD 545s: The Next Great Budget SSD Has Arrived

Jon L. Jacobi

MEET THE NEXT great budget SSD. Intel’s 545s is an affordable yet reasonably fast SSD that finally demotes Samsung’s EVO (go.pcworld. com/sevo) from the top spot in the consumer space. At $180 for 512GB, the 545s offers all the capacity and cost advantages of TLC NAND plus the sustained write speed of MLC NAND.

Design and specs

Our first glimpse of the 545s with its raised edges had us thinking ‘sardine tin’ in a positive way: sleek and shiny. The drive’s 7mm profile appears thinner thanks to the indented upper and lower surfaces.

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August 2017