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Intel 530 Series 180GB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive (Reseller Kit) SSDSC2BW180A4K5

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Capacity: 180 GB | Style: Reseller Kit

Intel 530 Series 2.5-Inch Internal Solid-State Drive
Lose the lag. Lose the limits.

The Intel Solid-State Drive 530 Series offers the next generation of consumer computing. Utilizing its new small form factor, higher performance, and low Idle power, it’s the next evolution of the Intel Solid-State Drive.

Intel Evolving Storage Technology

Intel Solid-State Drives (Intel SSDs) continue to evolve with the introduction of the Intel SSD 530 Series - aimed at a wide array of consumer platforms including Ultrabook, traditional desktops and laptops, as well as the latest tablets and small form factor mobile systems. Intel Solid-State Drive 530 Series offers high quality, reliable performance and low power consumption for space conscious computing using M. 2, mSATA and 2.5” (7mm) form factors.

New Small Form Factor Introduction

The Intel SSD 530 Series product paves the way for thin and light computing devices by introducing the latest M2 form factor. Intel’s SSD M2 form factor shrinks the total storage area significantly versus traditional 2.5” form factor storage devices. Along with the M2 form factor, Intel SSD 530 Series is also available in mSATA and traditional 2.5” form factors enabling the technology in a variety of solutions. The Intel SSD 530 series product line comes in a wide range of capacities from 80GB to 480GB.

A New Generation of Power-Efficient Performance

The Intel SSD 530 Series accelerates platform performance with sequential read and write performance up to 540 and 490 megabytes per second (MB/s) Random read and write input/output operations per second (IOPs) reach up to 41K and 80K respectively. With the Intel SSD 530 Series, your computer will blaze through the most demanding consumer client applications and easily handle intense multi-tasking. In addition to strong performance gains, Intel SSD 530 Series provides extended battery life through new lower power modes. Idle power consumption of Intel SSD 530 Series is reduced by >90% in comparison to a typical hard disc drive reducing power from watts to milliwatts. When the Intel SSD 530 Series is coupled with a 4th generation Intel Core based platform, advanced power mode settings reduce power dissipation, another order of magnitude – from milliwatts to microwatts.

World-Class Reliability with the latest NAND Technology

With the Intel SSD 530 Series using the latest 20nm Intel NAND technology, you also benefit from the high quality and reliability you’ve come to expect from Intel. In addition to the power, space savings, reliability, and peace of mind, the Intel SSD 530 Series is supported with Intel’s outstanding warranty and customer support.

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Intel 530 Series Solid-State Drive - 2.5-Inch
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20nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Sequential Read / Write up to 540 / 490 MB/s
Random Read / Write up to 41K / 80K IOPs
SATA 6Gb/s, compatible with SATA 3Gb/s
Up to 3.7mm height / up to 10 grams weight
Up to 7mm height / up to 78 grams weight

Product Information

Capacity:180 GB  |  Style:Reseller Kit

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 180 GB
Brand Name Intel
Item model number SSDSC2BW180A4K5
Operating System N/A
Item Weight 4 ounces
Product Dimensions 6 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 6 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
Processor Brand Intel
Flash Memory Size 180

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4.7 out of 5 stars 697 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #701 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Solid State Drives
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available July 8, 2013

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Style Name: Drive OnlySize: 180 GB Verified Purchase
Intel is now a price leader in the 5-year warranty consumer space. This drive was (at Amazon's introductory price) almost the same price as the Samsung 840 Pro 128GB (before provisioning). Intel was giving 50% more space than the Samsung 840 Pro for nearly the same price. Even with the higher price, it's still a better deal per GB than the Samsung 840 Pro.

I have 5 SSDs on my personal computers. 3 of my 5 SSDs are Intel, my other 2 are Samsung 840 (Pro and non-Pro) drives. I have an Intel 330 120GB and 2 of these new 530 180GB drives. Synthetic benchmarks can show the advantages and disadvantages of all my different drives, but for all practical purposes, I can't tell the difference in my daily use. My backups show a small difference, but since my backups are automated weekly, it doesn't make any difference.

Both Intel and Samsung have excellent software packages.

Reliability and price rule my choices. Since flash drives wear out through the process of programming and erasing cells, and use wear-leveling to make the drives last longer, I did a search for these statistics.

A simple search of the reviews of my various drives shows my SSD's different program/erase (p/e) cycles. This is what I found:

Samsung 840 ~ 1,000 p/e cycles;
Samsung 840 Pro ~ 3,000 - 5,000 p/e cycles;

Intel 330 ~ 3,000 p/e cycles;
Intel 335 ~ 3,000 p/e cycles (I don't own this drive, but included it for comparative purposes);
Intel 520/525 ~ 5,000 p/e cycles (I don't own either of these drives, but included them for comparative purposes);
Intel 530 ~ I couldn't find any numbers on p/e cycles, but I would expect the drive to have between 3,000 - 5,000 p/e cycles.
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Style Name: Reseller KitSize: 240 GB
The 240GB Intel 530 Series is one of the most reliable consumer level SSD's on the market. For those of you who have not yet upgraded to Solid State, this would be the perfect drive. I can say this after working with other OCZ, PNY, ect. drives that I watched die within weeks. Ocz's customer support is pretty terrible replacing their drives with another one of the same failing devices. After doing a lot of research on the intel 530 series I chose to purchase 2 of these for a laptop that has dual bays. I have not had a single issue, my boot times are fast, my software that use to hang up due to 5200rpm laptop drive speeds no longer occurs. With that being said I have been running these for about 8 months without any issues, a single freeze, crash, NOTHING at all.

I have seen others complain about the price or the drive not being the fastest 240GB on the market. I find other OPINIONS to be very inaccurate for the following reason. This drive was built for reliability, which it amazingly is. Intel has been the only brand of SSD I have worked with to not have an issue. They also have a great 5 Year warranty in case anything were to go wrong. You cant beat it. The speeds are amazing, no mechanical drive is going to match it, so if you want speed but more importantly reliability, this is the drive for you.

To put the cherry on the top, the retail version of this drive does include your brackets, screws, and everything you need to mount the drive in the desktop. My package also came with some cool Intel stickers.

I can safely recommend this to anybody who wants to make he transition to Solid State Drives.
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Style Name: Reseller KitSize: 240 GB Verified Purchase
I upgraded a 2008 Dell laptop with the SSD with the 180 GB OEM version and everything is up and running and the performance improvement is quite nice but the cloning process was quite rocky. Intel provides access to an Acronis product to clone your HDD to the Intel SSD and the software requires an Intel device on the system or else it won't install. I used a cheap USB to SATA adapter and the software wouldn't recognize the drive as being an Intel drive. I looked around on support forums and it appears that this is a common problem. I contacted Intel support and they recommended updating software, BIOS, etc. (which would have done nothing) and some freeware programs that might help. I downloaded a bunch of freeware/trialware programs and eventually got up and running but it took about five hours to accomplish and my technical skills are quite a bit better than the average person. Intel support did follow up a few days later but I expect better from Intel. You have to download the software and they certainly could have fixed it by now. This is only a problem where you have to use an adapter. If you're upgrading on a desktop with multiple internal SATA cables, then you should be fine.
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By john g. on January 7, 2014
Style Name: Reseller KitSize: 240 GB Verified Purchase
easy install ..comes with bracket, screws. connectors, and access to download migration software to assist the transfer of your data from your old hard drive ..could it get any easier? ..i'm happy with this purchase..noticeable performance boost ..
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Style Name: Reseller KitSize: 240 GB Verified Purchase
I noticed that not many people left reviews about this product and its compatibility with MacBook, so here's what i gathered so far based on my usage! =)

Laptop Model: MacBook Pro 13" (Mid 2012) Non-Retina
OS: Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks AND Bootcamp Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

About the product:
Item came in a good sturdy box, and was easy to install. But there was no USB to SATA cable, so those of you who prefer installing the OS on the drive before physically mounting it into your MacBook, you may want to consider getting this cable first. For myself, I clean installed the OS 10.9 from a USB thumbdrive after fitting it into the MacBook.

Compatibility with MacBook Pro:
Boot time:6-8s
Shutdown time: 10-12s

I read on another forum that some other MacBook users experienced problems on a warm reboot (ie. the drive doesnt allow them to reboot after its been startup, and can only do a cold reboot), but so far I have not encountered any of such problems, even with both OSX and bootcamp installed.

Since installation (just a day ago), I'm liking every bit of it, especially the significantly faster bootup times, and that applications and processes are much snappier than before (I was previously using the stock Toshiba 500GB mechanical HDD that shipped with the MacBook).

So for those of you who have doubts over its compatibility with MacBook, i'd go as for to say that there certainly isnt any compatibility issues.. However, if optimisation for efficiency and power-saving features etc is your primary focus, I'm not so sure how well this performs just yet.. Certainly, the low price point (as compared to other brands of SSDs) is a heavy consideration that made me purchase this over the others..
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