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Intel 320 Series 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2CW160G310 - OEM

  • 2.5"
  • 160GB
  • SATA II

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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 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.
  • newegg Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer The Intel Solid-State Toolbox with Intel Solid-State Drive Optimizer provides a powerful set of management, information, and diagnostic tools to maintain the health of your Intel SSD and optimize performance to "fresh-out-of-the-box" levels. The FREE Toolbox also includes the System Configuration Tuner that will configure your system to take full advantage of your SSD performance. Download the Intel SSD Toolbox at www.intel.com/go/ssdtoolbox.
  • newegg Start Solid-State Computing with Intel The Intel Data Migration Software helps you install an Intel SSD. With minimal steps, this tool clones the operating system and files from a hard drive or SSD to any Intel SSD. The FREE Intel Data Migration Software supports Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, and XP and is available for download at www.intel.com/go/ssdinstallation.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years
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  • Albin J.
  • 4/14/2016 10:38:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot as good as prior purchases of Intel SSD drives

Pros: It appears in a antistatic sealed envelop to be the Intel 160 GB SSD.

Cons: Previously when you have sold me Intel SSD drives they have come in the Intel box - sometimes with SATA cords and and 2.5 to 3.5 inch adapter plates. I will not use the drive for an undetermined time - assume since it is sealed in what appears to be a factory installed anti-static bag - it is OK - but since my use for it is not immediate - I am slightly insecure that since what I received is not the same as in the past. It did have the name of another vendor as the seller - not Newegg - and that concerned me slightly.
Probably is OK - but I am not as secure as with the previous drives you have sold to me.

Albin Johnson

Other Thoughts: It would be better if it were like the prior purchases of these drives I have obtained from you.

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  • Moua V.
  • 9/30/2012 10:41:29 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAfter about a year...beware.

Pros: Fast.

Cons: Bought this on 5/1/11. Ran real nice as primary drive for OS Windows 7...then after a month, it died. Ok, maybe I got the bad batch? Shouldn't be an excuse anyways as this is very expensive. Contacted Intel regarding; about a week of PC downtime, I received a new ssd and shipped the defective one to them (free shipping). Good job Intel.

Fast foward to about 9.19.12...Turn on PC and ssd doesn't boot. Will be contacting Intel again regarding.

Other Thoughts: FYI, the ssd only gets about moderate usage for gaming, media, and applications like photoshop and aftereffect.

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  • Phil K.
  • 3/29/2012 9:10:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty good

Pros: Works flawlessly in a small Linux/Ubuntu as the boot/root drive.

Executes a manual full disk TRIM (Linux fstrim / on a XFS file system with in <12 seconds, vs minutes for my smaller (90 GB) OCZ PCIe card.

Totally silent (of course)

Cons: The usual for SSDs: the high price/GB.

Intel SSDs command a premium price, but I think it's warranted; see below.

Mac OSX Snow Leopard doesn't support or use the Intel SSD TRIM command. Apparently only SSDs from Apple are. It's Apple's fault, not Intel's but annoying nonetheless.

Other Thoughts: This is my 4th Intel SSD and my 5th SSD overall. Until the cheap SSD manufacturers release the details of their proprietary garbage-collection algorithms so we help them work more efficiently, I recommend sticking with Intel SSDs. I don't know how they do it, but they seem to have the better garbage collection and write amplification avoidance algorithms.

Intel SSDs seem to perform better with nearly full file systems under operating systems lacking OS TRIM support (e.g. Mac OSX Snow Leopard). Other vendors' SSDs, like OCZ, really bog down from write amplification under these conditions.

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  • Jared J.
  • 11/17/2011 6:18:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslol double post

Pros: Fast. I've had this thing since May and I haven't had problems. My two year old laptop didn't even have AHCI under BIOS, so that wasn't a problem installing 7 pro 64 bit on. Price is lower than ever!

Cons: Battery life is killed if put to sleep. But I only need 30 seconds to turn this bad boy on, so powering down is a good idea. Frustrating using other people's computers now and wondering how they put up with a mechanical spindle anymore. Only 40 GB of space left, holding my breath

Other Thoughts: Since Jim decided to leave the same review TWICE, I believe it's only fair to leave mine again. If you just put this drive in, install a fresh 7 on it, and just leave it alone it should work just fine.

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1 out of 5 eggs2 of 4 failed so far.

Pros: was quick while operating

Cons: Unreliable. 2 of 4 drives have failed so far. We've stopped using the drives since we can't be assured of their reliability.

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1 out of 5 eggsFW 0302 is faulty

Pros: It was a insanely fast drive.

Cons: It doesn't work anymore.

Other Thoughts: I let the battery run out for the first time since I had the HDD, and now it won't come back up again. Apparently (from what I searched online) 320 SSDs with the firmware version 0302 (which is the one I have) have known issues. For users with a C2D MacBook Pro, the firmware update is not possible yet. Luckily, I backed up my HDD recently, but I will be down for about a week. I will probably be looking for a different SSD.

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4 out of 5 eggsNever going back to a tradition HDD

Pros: Price, POST and boot is quicker than my iPad, all programs across the board are much quicker.

Cons: A crucial firmware update for this drive does not work for my version of the MacBook Pro... yet.

Other Thoughts: This drive is amazing and has made me a firm believer in SSD. Boot time is insanely fast, and all my programs open up super quick. The only reason why I am giving this drive 4 stars is because it has a critical known issue that Intel has addressed via firmware workaround, but the .iso only contains an .exe file. Apparently, the firmware doesn't work with my mid-2008 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro 4,1 and shows an error "This Intel SSD is not present or disconnected" when initalized in Windows XP via Boot Camp. I hope that there is a remedy for this soon, or I'm gonna be praying the drive has some longevity to backup it's performance.

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  • Mr. S.
  • 7/3/2011 12:15:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery impressed

Pros: Incredibly fast boot times and program starts on my MacBook Pro. From a cold start, to full access in 17 seconds. Just as fast as my wife's MacBook Air, but with more storage space. Easy to install. I put in the drive, did a fresh install of Snow Leopard from the DVD, booted the drive, downloaded and installed all the system updates through Software Update, including the new 10.6.8 OS update (which supports the TRIM command for SSD's), then used the migration assistant to get all the applications, documents and settings from the old drive connected via USB 2.0. This took some time, but it worked flawlessly.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Installed in a 13.3" MacBook Pro, 2.26 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 8 Gb RAM.

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  • David S.
  • 6/26/2011 9:17:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but didn't fix problem

Pros: Cut 30 seconds from boot time. Application startup very fast.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I bought this mainly to improve my terrible boot up times. The SSD did all it could, and did help substancially (about 30 seconds), but my boot up time remained bad (over 2 minutes). I removed non-microsoft services and startup tasks (one of which was added by the data migration utility provided by INTEL) and cut another 6 seconds off of boot. Then I tried unplugging my computer from the network and my system booted (power off to windows ready ding sound) in about 45 seconds. It turns out the the NAS and popcorn hour NMTs (5 in all) were responsible for the majority of my problem.
This is not this products fault, but this is just a word of warning that the SSD cann't fix things outside it's control.

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  • Joseph D.
  • 6/25/2011 5:49:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat experience so far, Intel makes SSDs easy.

Pros: This drive is fast, really fast (7.7 WEI on Win 7 64-bit). Easy to install, Intel SSD Toolbox is a handy piece of software. Hopefully Intel's reputation for reliability holds true for this product.

Cons: There are faster SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs on the market for comparable prices. As an X58 chipset user who would have to rely on the questionable Marvell 91XX SATA 6 Gb/s controller I chose to use the Intel ICH10R SATA 3 Gb/s controller.

Other Thoughts: Just some thoughts after installing the drive: 1) Yes you should install this drive with AHCI or RAID enabled in the bios (depending on your needs). 2) Trim should work fine with the newest Intel Rapid storage driver installed (trim will work if you have RAID enabled as long as the SSD is not part of the array, i.e., intel 320 by itself, with 2 hard drives in raid 0.) 3) As I found out the hard way, this drive uses M3 screws for mounting, apparently older drives used 6-32 screws, which I accidentally bought extras of based on Intel installation guides I found online. The installation instructions that came with the drive have since been updated to reflect use of the M3 screw.

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