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Intel 320 Series 300 GB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive

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  • Form Factors: 2.5-inch
  • Capacity ? 80/160/300 GB (1.8-inch), 40/80/120/160/300/600 GB (2.5-inch)
  • Intel 25nm NAND MLC Flash Memory
  • SATA 3Gb/s interface
  • Weight: 2.5-inch 7mm: up to 82 grams, 2.5-inch 9.5mm: up to 88 grams
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model Number: SSDSA2CW300G3K5
  • Hard Disk Size: 300 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 years
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac, Unix, Linux
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Product Description

Product Description

Intel Solid-State Drives just got better. The next generation Intel SSD 320 Series offers built-in data protection features, better performance, larger capacities and more value for your money.

From the Manufacturer

What is an SSD, and Why Is It Important?
Processor
The "brains" of the PC that performs key operations
Memory
Provides temporary storage for instructions and data
SSD
Provides ultra-fast storage for applications and data
Graphics Card
Processes graphical information and provides connectivity to displays
Optical Drive
Allows the PC to read data stored on optical discs like CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray*
Motherboard
The foundation of the PC, usually that connects key components together


The Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (300 GB) provides an advanced alternative to traditional hard drives with increased speeds, low power consumption, and high reliability. Designed without moving parts, the drive provides quiet and cool operation, while flash memory technology offers faster boot-up, application launch, and file loading. And with the convenience of Intel's migration software and toolbox, it's easy to set up and maintain your SSD.

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Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (300 GB)
At a Glance:
  • Flash technology for increased processing speeds and multitasking

  • Built-in features protect data from internal and external threats

  • Intel utilities make installation easy and optimize performance

  • No moving parts for higher reliability and longer life span

  • Backed by a five-year limited warranty
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Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (300 GB) Product Shot
Intel's 320 Series SSD offers outstanding speed and performance while remaining cool and quiet. View larger.
Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (300 GB) Product Shot
The standard 2.5-inch form factor makes it easy to install on nearly any laptop. View larger.
Flash Technology Easily Handles Multiple Operations
With Intel's flash technology, the 320 Series Solid-State Drive (SSD) features a flash system that can easily handle up to 32 concurrent operations at once. Even with the most demanding applications, the drive remains cool and quiet.

Built-In Data Protection Adds Security
A variety of data protection features protect your information from internal and external threats, so you can use this 320 Series drive with confidence. Encryption technology secures your personal data in the event of theft or loss. In case of an unexpected power loss, all data is written from the cache to the drive, protecting your data.

Tool Suite for Easy Setup and Troubleshooting
The 320 Series Solid-State Drive includes free Intel utilities that help you install and manage your hard drive. If you install the SSD in an existing PC system, Intel's Data Migration Software quickly replicates the operating system and all files from the PC hard drive, so you can begin using the drive immediately.

Intel's SSD Toolbox features a wide range of tools that help you optimize the performance of your 320 Series drive. With this toolbox, you can securely erase your SSD or configure your system to take full advantage of available features.

Low Power Consumption Increases Mobility
The low power needs of the 320 Series SSD translate to a longer battery life and a lighter notebook, which means you can increase the capacity and speed of your laptop without the added weight of a larger battery.

Rugged, Reliable Design
With no moving parts and the ability to withstand bumps and shocks without losing precious data, the 320 Series drive offers increased speed and performance without sacrificing reliability.

Warranty Information
The Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (300 GB) is backed by a manufacturer's five-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (300 GB) and installation kit.


Intel 320 Series Solid State Drives


40 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


80 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


120 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


160 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


300 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


600 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)
Storage Capacity (GB)4080120160300600
NAND Flash Components25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell
Bandwidth (Sustained Sequential Read/Write)Up to 200 MB/s
Up to 45 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 90 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 130 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 165 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 205 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 220 MB/s
Read Latency75 microseconds75 microseconds75 microseconds75 microseconds75 microseconds75 microseconds
Write Latency90 microseconds90 microseconds90 microseconds90 microseconds90 microseconds90 microseconds
Random I/O Operations per Second (IOPS) (Random 4KB Read/Write)Up to 30,000 IOPS /
Up to 3,700
IOPS
Up to 38,000 IOPS /
Up to 10,000 IOPS
Up to 38,000 IOPS /
Up to 14,000 IOPS
Up to 39,000 IOPS /
Up to 21,000 IOPS
Up to 39,500 IOPS /
Up to 23,000 IOPS
Up to 39,500 IOPS /
Up to 23,000 IOPS
InterfaceSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/s
Form Factor2.5-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch
Life Expectancy (Mean Time Between Failure)1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours
Power ConsumptionActive: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical


Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.8 x 4.7 x 5.7 inches
Item Weight 10.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B004T0DNI8
Item model number SSDSA2CW300G3K5
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,251 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Solid State Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com March 28, 2011

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Intel 320 series SSD info:
This SSD conforms to SATA 2 specifications (A maximum of 3 Gigabits per second transfer speed).
The form factor of this SSD is 2.5" x 9.5mm same as a standard laptop hard drive.
Intel extended their limited warranty for the 320 series SSD from 3 years to 5 years.

Items included with the SSD:
A 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch drive bay adapter (to mount this in your desktop machine).
1 Mini CD with Intel's SSD Installation Guide & 5 year limited Warranty documentation.
1 package of screws to mount the drive bay adapter.
1 package of screws to mount the SSD.
1 SATA data cable.
1 4 pin Molex to SATA power adapter.
1 info pamphlet on "Important Web Links" pointing you to the Intel website for the latest free SSD tools and data migration software.
1 Intel "Speed Demon" sticker.

The specs for this SSD from Intel:
A Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of 1.2 million hours & 50,000 Power On/Off Cycles (that's almost 137 time a day for 365 days)
A 5 years Minimum Useful Life/Endurance Rating.
"The SSD will have a minimum of five years of useful life under typical client workloads with up to 20 GB of host writes per day."

My experience with these SSDs:
I own 2 of these 320 series 300GB SSDs. One's in my desktop gaming rig (it's been FAST & ROCK SOLID!), purchased from NewEgg in April when they had a 20% off sale, and the one I purchased today from Amazon will go into my laptop.

After installing the SSD in my desktop machine, my Windows Experience Index climbed from a 5.9 to a 7.3, the drive itself received a sub-score of 7.6 but because my older NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 275 and having the Windows 7 Aero shell on, pulled the overall score down.
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Stay away from this SSD. I bought this because I thought Intel is good with the CPUs, so, they should be good with SSD HDD too. I was wrong and 100% wrong. The first time this SSD failed just about 2-month. My laptop went sleep mode and SSD never woke up again. It was a nightmare, nearly 2-months of my data was lost. The tech-support at Intel knew what was going - so, they sent me replacement...remember I had to send failed hard drive with all the data. However, the tech sup said that it is their policy to wipe the all returned SSD data out.

I am using this SSD Dell E6500 laptop that came with 128 Samsung SSD, I never had a problem at with my Samsung SSD - But I needed a more space and I thought I give a try Intel's SSD. Bad-Bad idea - One day I came back to my desk and found black screen with "No hard drive was found"

Anyway, it took to me another month+ to find a time to return that SSD drive, and by then Intel announced a new firmware that supposed to fix the problem. So I updated the replacement SSD drive Intel sent me using the new firmware. The problem has not got away but this time if turn the computer on and off two to three times The SSD comes back to alive. This happens if the windows froze and I had to power the laptop off using the power button or if I got the death-blue screen.

SSD hdd is excellent technology but it depends on who is the manufacturer --- If you have to try Intel's 320 Series SSD prepare yourself a big headache.
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It all was working great - until it stopped. Failure was slow - and some of my data got corrupted. Spotlight stopped working. Constant reboots were required - until a complete reinstall. Spent a bunch of time on the phone w/ applecare thinking it was a software issue. The drive gave no errors or warning signs that it wasn't working properly. If you want to use this on a mac, beware, there is NO way to diagnose the health of the drive. You will need to take it out of the mac, find a windows PC with a spare sata port that you have admin right to, format the drive, and then run ssd toolbox. Not worth it.

Then, once you do figure out it's broken, good luck navigating intel customer support for a return! I've had HD's fail from seagate of WD before, and those are no problem to get drives under warrenty replaced. But intel REALLY doesn't want anything to do with customers...

I sincerely regret buying this product.
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I've had two of these drives, in different computers (one laptop, one desktop), and they've both failed within two or three weeks. Google "intel 320 ssd 8mb" and if that doesn't stop you from buying one.... good luck.
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This SSD took my computing experince to a whole new level. Purchased for use in a MacBook Pro (2010). With this the computer now handles pretty much any software smoothly. I can use Aperture and FCPX toghter with only a slight lag to the system. Where as before the individual programs could slow down the system. Battery life is noticably longer (5hr of heavy usage). Wake, power up, and reset are all faster. The wake is actually instantaneous. CPU utilization is much higher. Before upgrading the CPU would reach 20% max and now it achieve 100%, which is evident to the bottle neck that was occurring with the platter drive. The MacBook Pro Mid 2010 uses SATA II and using BlackMagic DiskSpeedTest I receive about a 216MB/s write and 260MB/s read speed. Installation was simple: I replace the drive and did a Time Machine restore. After the installation Lion did not automatically enable TRIM support, this had to be done manually via script. This is very simple and you can google the script needed to enable TRIM. Overall purchasing a SDD was a great choice and an easy install. I selected Intel because of the reliability and reputation of their previous SSDs.
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