- Hard Drive: 180 GB
Intel 330 Series Solid-State Drive 180 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch - SSDSC2CT180A3K5
|Price:||$182.38 + $7.59 shipping|
- Capacity: 180GB
- Interface: SATA 3
- NAND Flash: MLC
- Random 8GB Read: up to 42,000 IOPS
- Random 8GB Write: up to 52,000 IOPS
- MTBF: 1,200,000 hours
- Power Consumption: Active: 850mW Idle: 600mW
- Form Factor: 2.5" SATA
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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!
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.
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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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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