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Intel 320-Series SSDSA2CW160G310 (160 GB SATA 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive Brown Box)

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  • 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 µs, Latency Write 90 µs.
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Capacity: 160 GB
  • 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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Capacity: 160 GB

By combining Intel's leading 25nm NAND flash memory technology with SATA 3Gb/s interface support, the Intel SSD 320 Series delivers sequential read speeds of up to 270 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 220 MB/s. The industry-standard 2.5-inch form factor enables interchangeability with existing hard disk drives (HDDs) and native SATA HDD drop-in replacement with the enhanced performance, reliability, and ruggedness offered by an SSD. The Intel SSD 320 Series also offers built-in data protection features including Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit Encryption, End-to-End Data Protection, and Data Compression. Now that your work is safe, use the world-class performance of the Intel SSD 320 Series to dominate your gaming competition or to reach new levels of creativity and productivity.

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Capacity:160 GB
Product Dimensions 4.2 x 6 x 0.8 inches
Item Weight 4.5 ounces
Shipping Weight 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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4.5 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #200 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Solid State Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com March 31, 2011

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Size: 80 GB Verified Purchase
I am an IT consultant and have purchased and used quite a few Intel SSDs, not just the 320 Series extensively, but the prior generations like the fantastically reliable X-25M series. I just love these SSDs. They transform ANY computer into a "new" one by decreasing the boot times of an OS and load times of small and major apps so dramatically. Throw one of these in a 5 year old laptop and you've got a machine that will outperform the newest off-the-shelf laptops with spindle-based hard disk drives. I particularly choose Intel 320 series for:

* 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.
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By Bob Blum on April 26, 2011
Size: 120 GB
I just installed this drive into my 3 year old desktop, running WinXP, and
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.
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Size: 600 GB Verified Purchase
Really sped up my 2010 MacBook Pro 13". Not clear on energy savings, but I think I am fighting a system software bug on that. Used the computer for 30 minutes yesterday and the time remaining on the charge stayed about the same, which is good. Silent! The best bang for the buck in performance I have seen in a long time. Costly, but impact I hoped for.
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Size: 80 GB Verified Purchase
I bought this drive to replace a Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB SSD. The drive was being used as my Windows 7 boot drive, but I decided to use it for a Mac instead, and buy this Intel for my Win7 drive.

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.
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Size: 80 GB Verified Purchase
...if you are simply migrating your OS from an existing hard drive like I was, you have to not only shrink the partition that your OS is on to no more than about 80% of the size of this hard drive ***AND*** (this is the rather cumbersome tricky part) you have to delete any additional partitions on that hard drive so that there is only the OS partition! This is in no way Intel's fault however, it's Windows 7 being a PITA is all...if you want to spend twenty or thirty bucks on Paragon or Acronis software that supposedly takes care of this for you.

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...
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