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Intel 320 Series 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2CT040G310 - OEM

  • 2.5"
  • 40GB

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Intel Solid-State Drives (Intel SSDs) just got better. The next generation Intel SSD 320 Series offers built-in data protection features, better performance, larger capacities and more value for your money. Built with 25 nanometer (nm) compute-quality Intel NAND Flash Memory, the Intel SSD 320 Series accelerates PC performance where it matters most.

  • newegg World-Class reliability – better by design The Intel SSD 320 Series features new industry leading, compute-quality Intel 25nm NAND Flash memory manufacturing processes and an advanced architecture that employs 10 parallel NAND flash channels (5 channels for 40GB) equipped with multi-level cell NAND flash memory. With powerful Native Command Queuing that enables up to 32 concurrent operations, the Intel SSD 320 Series delivers outstanding IOPS and throughput performance that drastically outperform traditional hard disk drives. The Intel SSD 320 Series also features low write amplification and a unique wear-leveling design for higher reliability; meaning Intel SSDs not only perform better, they last longer.
  • newegg Superior built-in data protection features The Intel SSD 320 Series contains built-in features to protect your data from external threats and internal system snags. Pre-configured Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption capabilities give you peace of mind that your personal data is secured by advanced encryption technologies in the event of theft or loss of your computer. Additionally, two new data protection features guard your data from an unexpected system power loss or a faulty NAND array.
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years
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  • Joshua S.
  • 11/15/2012 10:47:27 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Stability; Superior Reliability 2 years later going strong

Pros: I have owned 6 SSD's now. (two of them are these Intel drives).

The Intel drives are configured with 2X40Gb SSD's in RAID0. Effectively about 76 GB. I have about 20 GB available after installing all updates and disabling indexing, etc...

These boot windows faster in RAID0 than an OCZ vertex3 by itself. I think about 20 seconds compared to 30 seconds.

BEST OF ALL: They never fail going on two years, they never freeze, stutter, or crash. All my OCZ's have failed, or they freeze my computer and I have to restart, or they randomly cause noticeable little stutters. These show NONE of these symptoms.

Cons: 40 GB is small and the costs are still high. The 80GB drives of this generation are for a fact the most reliable in the industry. As SSD prices drop and they get faster, they also get LESS reliable. Smaller NAND means LESS reliable. Look it up. Basically, the con of these is that you have to pay a steep price for this kind of reliability/ stability.

Other Thoughts: The person trashing this drive claiming other reviewers don't know the industry shows that he is the truly ignorant one. I never put my tech knowledge as high, and that guy is a tech imbecile compared to me. SATAIII for example doesn't apply to real world performance benefits due to the fact that only the fastest SSD's can hit the theoretical ceiling on bandwidth of SATAII. Do you notice the difference between a Nano-second and a micro-second of that little boost? NOPE.

That guy also might want to check the failure rates and stability issues of ALL of such drives. A sensible person will spend their money elsewhere. (I learned that by not being sensible). OCZ replaced 3 of my SSDs under warranty before sending me another brand new model that still occassionally stutters and freezes when all my drives continued to fail within weeks and months.

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  • Kuanwen W.
  • 5/2/2012 9:48:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood enough

Pros: Expensive but reliable.
If this is your first SSD, you will love it!

Cons: If you are used to SSDs, the performance might be a real "Meh".

Expensive. Was hoping to pick up another one so I can RAID them but NOPE...After like 11 month the price have gone down a whopping $5.

Other Thoughts: At least it retained its resale value.

Using NTFS in Win7, the drive will only tally up to 37.17GB.

I used this SSD in my mom's notebook and it's perfect for her since she only uses Skype and Word. After a year of usage she still have over 10GB of free space left (pagefile and hibernation turned off).

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  • Mark S.
  • 1/25/2012 8:23:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDon't even know it's there

Pros: Compared to the spinner HD that came with my Lenovo S205, this SSD is silent, low-power, and fast. My laptop battery lasts so long I forget to plug it in, and the only noise the little thing makes is an occasional whisper from the CPU fan.

Cons: It's pretty small. I have about 35-36GB usable, and that means I have to shuffle less-used data on to my RAIDs.

Other Thoughts: I love buying laptops with Windows, because that means that I have an excuse to pull the drive immediately and replace it with Fedora and an SSD. I don't know how this one compares, speed-wise, with other SSDs, but it seems fast enough for me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/31/2011 7:54:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Ease of use/setup. Faster than 7200 RPM SATA HDD. Lower overall noise level.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Double check BIOS for SATA password setting.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drive..FAST!

Pros: Increadible performance and speed. I was using a Raptor Drive at 10K and then it failed after 5 years and I decided to give solid state a try.... My computer went from starting up in over 2 minutes to less then 20 seconds!!!! Just wow!

Cons: Non so far

Other Thoughts: Not really a con, but SSD's are expensive! I bought the 40gig and replaced my other drives with 10K raptors using the SSD for primarily Windows and other programs requiring fast start ups

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4 out of 5 eggsBuy it for reliability

Pros: Intel SSDs are by far the most reliable. This isn't "my opinion" or a fact based on the statistically insignificant sample size of the five Intel SSDs I have purchased, but a measurable fact. Anandtech has actual numbers for failure rates of SSD. OCZ scored the lowest, Intel the best. (I still like OCZ's products, though)

Cons: Intel SSD controllers have TEN FLASH channels, but this model fills only 5 of them (with 10Gbyte chips, one chip for spare area). That means that its performance will be at best half of an 80 GB or larger model.
I recommend splurging for at least an 80GB model. Larger sizes don't offer as much of a performance boost because starting at 80, all ten channels are populated.

Other Thoughts: In response to Scootiep's "review", measuring SSD worthiness in dollars per gigabyte is like rating a restaurant in "dollars per kilogram of food."
For those confused by SSD technology, there are many factors to consider:
- Reliability
- Performance with small random writes and reads
- Performance with large writes and reads (e.g. >128K)
- Cost per measured unit of performance
- Cost per unit of storage (gigabytes)
- Interface speed (SSD2, SSD3...) which does not matter except when measuring the large file sustained transfer rate of the fastest SSDs.

Yes, this drive is not the cheapest per gigabyte, but for those who understand only one metric, enjoy your JMicron-based AData SSD, Taco Bell food, and Turning Leaf wine.

Usage note: I have purchased 5 Intel SSDs: 2 of these to run as a boot drive for servers, one for a reliable drive for my mother's computer, an 80GB first-gen which is still in use, a 160GB second-gen which is in my own desktop. I've also purchased Crucial an

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/13/2011 4:31:11 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsAre you kidding?

Pros: It is faster than mechanical drives...but not by leaps and bounds.

Cons: Fundamentally slower when compared to drives from other manufacturers of the same generation. The 320 series was overpriced garbage. At nearly $2.50 per gigabyte for only 40 gigs, this thing is a complete and utter rip off. And to top it off, it's still SATA 2 (3g) and not SATA 3 (6g).

Other Thoughts: Am I missing something here? All of the people posting 5 egg reviews must not know the SSD market from their own rear ends. Don't give something a good review just because it's "new technology" and from Intel. If you want to waste your money, you'd have more fun wadding it up, dousing it with lighter fluid and cooking some burgers on it. Look at a 3 series from OCZ or the Crucial 400's if you want something worthwhile.

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  • Kristopher K.
  • 9/20/2011 3:39:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt does what it's supposed to do.

Pros: It boasts quicker load times, but at a much higher price. I bought this to load my OS and a few other programs I'd like to run at top performances. It's good and works, my computer loads VERY quickly.

Cons: The price, but I knew what I was paying for.

Other Thoughts: None.

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  • Evangelos K.
  • 7/18/2011 6:25:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslove it.

Pros: Great upgrade from HDD

Cons: Price could be lower ;-)

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  • Steven S.
  • 7/4/2011 7:03:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsI Like

Pros: partitioned to 37.1 .....loads windows 7 home premium from button push to system loaded and ready 32 sec ( Norton might slow it a few )

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: Recieved as a gift...took wei score from 5.9 ( Samsung 500g ) to a 7.1 ( if anyone cares about wei

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