- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: SSDSA2CW160G310
- Hard Disk Size: 160 GB
- Hardware Platform: PC, Mac, Unix
- Form Factor: 2.5-Inch
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Intel 320-Series SSDSA2CW160G310 (160 GB SATA 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive Brown Box)
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- Perfect for Reducing Load Times in VR
- 2.5-inch Form Factor, 160GB Capacity SATA SSD 3GB/s
- Sequential Read 270 MB/s, Sequential Write 165 MB/s
- Random Read 39,000 IOPS, Random Write 600 IOPS
- Latency Read 75 Âµs, Latency Write 90 Âµs.
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Top Customer Reviews
* Reliability, which is legendary. I've used the cheaper OCZ products before, but once one of them literally bricked on me just a couple days after setting up a new PC, I don't even bother to price-compare other brands against Intel SSDs. I have been using Intel SSDs for about 2 years now and have never ever had a single issue with any one of them. I would say I have purchased at least 100 Intel SSDs.
* Price. There is a major hard drive shortage going on right now which has raised the prices of hard drives considerably. Granted, while the GB to GB, apples to apples comparison is still not in SSD favor, you just cannot beat the performance benefits of an SSD vs. any HDD. I only use hard drives for storage. OS and Apps go on an Intel SSD, period.
* Software. The Intel SSD Toolbox is absolutely awesome. It will tell you if there is a firmware update available, easily allow you to upgrade the SSD firmware, and will actually show an estimated life remaining. All flash memory have a finite number of write cycles which eventually WILL deplete, so it's nice to FINALLY have the technology where we can replace something up to, and right before, it fails.Read more ›
it goes like a bat out of hell. I love it.
I bought the retail kit, which also includes a mounting bracket, data and power cables,
and an instruction cd. However, the drive itself is the same in the OEM kit,
so if you need to save money, then this is a reasonable way to go.
You're not going to be using the bracket or cables, if you install it into a laptop.
And, even if you put it into a desktop, you may not need all these extras.)
The retail kit includes a 3 year warranty on the drive.
It's not clear whether Intel also offers this with the OEM version.
(If someone finds out, they should post it.)
The Intel 320 series drive itself is great. Please see my detailed review
(Freakin' Awesome: Six Stars) and experiences with the drive under the
Amazon ad for the retail kits from Intel.
I'll post the Windows Experience Index scores that I've received from my various hard drive configurations for your reference. All scores are from Intel-based, quad-core desktops running Windows 7 64 bit.
Hitachi 2.5" 5400 RPM 160GB (boot and storage): 5.3
WD Caviar Blue 640GB (boot and storage): 5.9
WD Caviar Green 2TB (boot and storage): 5.9
Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB SSD(boot)/WD Caviar Green 2TB (storage): 7.0
Intel 320 Series 80GB SSD (boot)/WD Caviar Green 2TB (storage): 7.4
Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD (boot)/Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB (storage): 7.9
(2)Intel 320 Series 80 GB SSDs in RAID 0 (boot)/(2) WD Caviar Green 3TB total (storage): 7.9
The Intel drive thoroughly outperforms the Kingston drive, and is actually a tad cheaper. The PC runs noticeably faster with the Intel drive, and I'm very pleased.
Update: The drive is still running strong (in spite of having been run almost every single second of the last 7 months or so that I've owned it).
I decided to upgrade the PC that this drive was in, and since I wanted a faster SSD, and these have become fairly cheap... I bought a second matching drive to run in RAID 0.
With two Intel 320 series 80gb SSDs running in RAID 0 (striped) on Windows 7 64 bit... I got a 7.9 in the WEI and absolutely stunning performance (matched with an Intel Core i7-2600, an Intel DZ68DB motherboard, and 16GB DDR3 RAM). I also have a 7.9 WEI on my Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD in my other desktop.
So the RAID 0 setup may not be the best bang-for-the-buck OS drive, but it was certainly a good choice since I already owned one.
Anyway, outside of that unexpected little delight that cost me at least 3 hours, this SSD has been excellent. My Windows Experience Storage score shot up to 7.6 (max 7.9)! I'm using it on a laptop Sata II connection with a low-powered U7300 dual-core Centrino chip and 4GB of RAM, so I wasn't expecting blindingly fast speeds...but I *have* noticed some nice changes in how quickly the laptop now boots up and shuts down, how much faster programs open and close, and of course updates are much faster, as is loading new software, etc. I have another Intel SSD, only 40GB, running an Ubuntu based netbook with the ancient and slow-as-molasses Atom 270 processor and with that machine it has made a much more dramatic difference...this is probably due to Linux having been optimized for SSD usage for many years now.
With Windows, I recommend going to the Intel site and downloading (free) their SSD Toolbox which will make some critical adjustments to how Windows 7 interacts with this baby. Of course, if you can do a clean install of your OS that is always the best of all possible scenarios and most painless for sure, but so few PCs come with DVDs of the OS these days, alas. In any case, it's worth the trouble...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Three years as a mirrored pair in a Dell PowerEdge and zero faults or complaints -- Intel SSD products are rock solid and fast. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason Ellis
This is my second Intel SSD. The first one still functions perfectly as my Windows and Linux OS boot drives, and has done so for five years with absolutely no dead cells, at least... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Garrett
If you own a MacBook Pro "Late 2011" model and you want a 2nd HD this might be one of your few options. Apple SATA II for the DVD connection. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. F. Gamble