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- Intel Evolving Storage technology
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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.
Intel 530 Series Solid-State Drive - 2.5-Inch
Intel 530 Series Solid-State Drive - M. 2
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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:
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..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a little darling this is. I purchased this to reduce boot time, and did so in aces!Published 20 days ago by Charles Bagley
Gives new life to an old system. Only gripes are that the firmware won't update (not a big concern), and it's a bit overpriced for such an old model.Published 25 days ago by Eli Scavron
Absolutely rock solid SSD, maybe not the fastest but the warranty and support is second to none.Published 1 month ago by Southern Shooter
Been using this SSD for 2-1/2 years now. First was in my i7 desktop then transferred it to my i5 laptop. Still fast as it was when I first got it.Published 1 month ago by Lee
Had an old laptop that I had recently replaced the battery for and wondered if a new battery was a good decision. It was... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2 years later, still works great. Upgrading to an ultra book with high speed M.2 drive, but this drive will live on in my mother's laptop, presumably for many years. My I.T. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeremy c
I have had this drive for a couple years and I have had no issues at all.Published 4 months ago by Cortney