There’s a big news for Intel SSD fans. Intel has issued a product adjustment notice announcing the retirement of the 665p SSD. Launched last November, the 665p product codenamed Neptune Refresh Harbor is an iterative version of the Intel 660p and the same price-friendly 3D QLC flash memory.
However, according to Intel’s latest plan, the SSD was last ordered on January 21, 2021, and shipped on April 30, after which it was no longer in stock.
At the product level, the 665p and 660p are similar, including the continuation of the HPE SM2263 NVMe Master, which is Intel’s own 96-layer 3D QLC. Of course, performance and durability have improved compared to the 660p.
While Intel has not given a reason for such a rush to retire, there is speculation that it should make way for the next generation of QLC flash SSDs. Intel is working on an SSD product based on 144 layers of QLC particles, codenamed Keystone Harbor, and is expected to meet this year, according to previous reports.
Another interesting little knowledge is that Intel’s current QLC flash memory chips are made at the Dalian Fab plant.