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Intel 330 Series Solid-State Drive 120 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch - SSDSC2CT120A3K5

4.6 out of 5 stars 186 customer reviews

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120 GB
  • Capacity: 120 GB
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s
  • NAND Flash: MLC
  • 4KB Random Read (8GB span): up to 22,500 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write (8GB span): up to 33,000 IOPS
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Size: 120 GB
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Size: 120 GB

Intel 330 Series SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5 inch 120GB SATA3 Solid State Drive (MLC)

Product Information

Size:120 GB
Product Dimensions 5.7 x 4.7 x 1.8 inches
Item Weight 2.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
Manufacturer Intel
ASIN B007P71J9W
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Item model number SSDSC2CT120A3K5
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4.6 out of 5 stars 186 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #765 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Solid State Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com March 27, 2012

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By Brian Foreman on May 26, 2012
Size: 60 GB Verified Purchase
I have used various SSD drives but have always been happiest with Intel. These drives are astonishingly fast, and also include the mounting bracket you'll need to adapt them to a 3.5" bay (consider that worth about $13 when you're bargain-shopping against cheaper brands).

Installation could not be easier: connect power and a SATA cable (ideally to a 6GB/sec port, and no, you don't need a special cable for 6GB/sec) and you're done. After you've installed your Operating System (you ARE buying this to be your boot drive, right?), visit Intel's website for their SSD Toolbox software. This will properly configure certain Windows features (like Superfetch, Prefetch, Defrag and Trim) to optimize your SSD's functionality and keep it running smoothly for you.

With Windows 7 64-bit and all its updates installed, plus Microsoft Office Home & Business, I have used only 35GB of my 60GB drive, leaving plenty of room for other software. (Note: if you do the same thing and end up with less spare room, research "hibernate mode" for one potential reason. Also, if you are going to have more than 8GB of RAM installed, your Windows pagefile may need to be bigger than mine and take more room also. In short, your mileage may vary, but for most people, this drive is plenty big as long as you have a large second drive on which to store files.)

I have a large 1TB hard-drive for bulk storage, and with my Intel motherboard (check my other reviews) I get boot times of around 18 seconds---very nice (your boot-time mileage may vary, mostly based on whether or not your motherboard enables you to disable most of the Power-On Self Test functions or not). Two of these striped into a RAID 0 configuration will give you double the storage and even better throughput; for the rest of us, one of these is enough to make us very happy!
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Not sure why I waited, maybe I psyched myself out, thinking I wouldn't like it.

What I was afraid of:

-Having to rewipe and start over losing an entire evening in updates. (Reality: Took me under an hour to install, load OS, do all the Win7 updates and move folders over from old drive)
-I wouldn't notice that much of a difference. (Reality: Bootup time under 15s, browsing speed faster, loading of all my games about 20% faster)

Things I didn't expect:

-Processor/case temps dropped slightly.

I'm very pleased so far with this drive. I'm considering now getting another for my notebook where I feel I'd get better battery life and faster performance.
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I'm running two of these in a RAID0.. Windows Loads so fast that it beats out the loading audio to the start screen.. it's amazing, installing applications.. well.. let's just say I blinked a few times and it was done.. these are truly amazing drives.

I will recommend these to everyone that asks, the sheer speed that they bring to the table will blow you away.. Couple these with a set of GeForce 560's (like I have) and prepare to never leave your computer..

I'll post a followup in a year with the performance updates with time..
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The Intel 330 180GB was installed as the boot drive on an existing W7 64 bit desktop system. Because there were many applications already installed on the existing drive I chose not to do a fresh install but to clone the existing drive to the Intel SSD. Before doing the install I prepared the mechanical C drive by first eliminating unnecessary files then disabling features not needed by SSDs, such as indexing, system restore, and hibernation. This also reduces space Windows will use on the SSD. I then connected the SSD to the second Sata port on the motherboard. Instead of using Intel's Data Migration software I used the Acronis True Image Home 2012 bootable CD I already had and selected the clone feature on automatic settings and in about 10 minutes it was ready. I then replaced the original boot drive with the Intel SSD and rebooted. After booting I ran the Windows performance assessment tool and the system performance increased from 5.9 to 7.9. I than ran CrystalDiskMark and got the following speed in MB/s rounded to integer values:

Read Write
Seq 432 216
512 370 211
4K 21 53
4KQD32 200 200

As the data shows this unit delivers very strong performance. Waking from sleep mode the system is virtually instant. Applications launch instantly as well. At the sale price the 180GB unit comes in at about $.66/GB and is one of the best upgrades one can make to a desktop PC. Those upgrading laptops should check the physical dimension of this unit for space compatibility. Overall great product and Intel has the best record for reliability for SSDs.
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I totally agree with Brian Foreman's review of this product. I bought this drive to replace a Kingston SVP200S3 which had been installed by my computer shop on June 1, 2012 and was beginning to FAIL already (< 3 months)! Checking both Intel's and Kingston's websites gave me a lot of information regarding the superiority of this Intel SSD drive. I also purchased Apricorn's "EZ Upgrade 3.0 EZ Gig Cloning Kit" from Amazon as well. The cloning of my still working but error prone Kingston was flawless and installing the new cloned Intel Drive was a snap----even a cave man could do it! :) I installed this drive in my desktop system which has an AMD Athlon 64X Dual Core running @ 2.41ghz with 4gb of Ram (my WinXP Pro SP3 system only recognizes 3.25gb). I had NO problems physically installing the drive in the case of my desktop PC, the mounting bracket provided with the drive along with cables & screws was a perfect fit! In addition, the SSD Toolbox software provided by Intel is far superior to what Kingston provides. I highly recomment this drive, in fact I just ordered another for a good friend & neighbor who's running virtually the same system (hardware & software) that I am...we want to replace his old mechanical Seagate drive before it crashes. As happened to me over this past Memorial Day weekend resulting in a painful replacement of the dead Seagate with the Kingston SSD. Fortunately for me in that case, I had a backup on an external USB drive so I didn't lose data. Far as I'm concerned, Intel RULES!!
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