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Intel SSD 320 Series


$89.99 Released March, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Uses cheaper, faster 25-nm NAND flash. The lowest failure rates of any SSD manufacturer, solid warranties (looking to provide enterprise-quality devices). Focus on improved reliability over the previous generation X25-M drive offerings.

The Cons:Fundamentally uses the existing Intel controller from the last generation X25-M models - limited performance in the same last-gen realm, limited to the SATA2/3Gbps interface.

The Intel SSD 320 Series is a solid state drive released in 2011 as a replacement and successor to the original X-25M series. As a third generation Intel SSD, the 320 Series features a new 25 nanometer NAND flash memory that offers improved performance and reliability, not to mention larger capacities.

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In addition, due to the 25 nanometer manufacturing process, the 320 Series SSD drives are in fact available for prices 30% cheaper than its 2nd and 1st generation predecessors. The 320 Series also upgrades from its predecessors by adding along power loss management to help ensure greater data redundancy, meaning users need not worry about losing their most important files. Note that the 320 SSDs use a SATA II interface that allows it to attain a 23,000 IOPS write on its highest capacity drives. More importantly, the sequential write speed has been doubled up to 220 MB/s, which means users can more easily multitask without experiencing lag.

Features

  • 3rd Generation Intel SSD
  • 25nm NAND Flash Memory
  • Power Loss Management
  • Data Redundancy
  • SATA II Interface
  • 39,500 IOPS Read
  • 23,000 IOPS Write
  • 220-270MB/s  Write/Read
  • 128-Bit Advanced Encryption
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Intel SSD Toolbox
  • Intel SSD Optimizer
  • Intel Data Migration
  • 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB and 600GB Capacities

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    uses cheaper, faster 25-nm NAND flash

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    the lowest failure rates of any SSD manufacturer, solid warranties (looking to provide enterprise-quality devices)

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    focus on improved reliability over the previous generation X25-M drive offerings

  • 1

    large number of capacities available - 40, 80, 120, 160, 300, and 600GB options

  • 1

    introduced at lower prices than the previous generation options, exponential reduction in cost over time - $89 for 40GB, $159 for 80GB, $209 for 120GB, $289 for 160GB...

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    industry leading 5-year warranty

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    fundamentally uses the existing Intel controller from the last generation X25-M models - limited performance in the same last-gen realm, limited to the SATA2/3Gbps interface

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