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Intel 311 Series Larsen Creek SSDSA2VP020G201 2.5" 20GB SATA II SLC Enterprise Solid State Disk

  • 2.5"
  • SLC
  • SATA II
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Want Solid-State Drive (SSD)-like storage performance, with Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity, at a lower cost than a large SSD? Combine an Intel Solid-State Drive 311 Series, a HDD, and Intel Smart Response Technology for a simple way to accelerate storage performance. Intel Smart Response Technology—enabled by systems utilizing the Intel Z68 Express Chipset with Intel Rapid Storage Technology version 10.5 and second generation Intel Core processors—seamlessly combines responsiveness similar to a high-performance SSD with the capacity and low cost of a hard drive. The two technologies appear as a single C:\ driver letter that provides you with the familiar storage identifier.

The system automatically learns which files are accessed frequently and copies them from the HDD to the SSD. The next time you access these files, the system loads them from the fast SSD rather than the slower hard drive. When you request infrequently-used files, the system loads them from the hard drive when you need them. Systems boot fast, applications load fast, and the system feels snappy, like an SSD.

  • newegg Performance and Endurance The Intel SSD 311 Series utilizes Intel 34nm Single Level Cell (SLC) NAND to offer high performance and longer endurance over Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND, which is typically used in other SSDs. Changing the NAND components from MLC to SLC increases the performance and longevity of Intel Smart Response Technology. With powerful Native Command Queuing that enables up to 32 concurrent operations and proven Intel architecture; the Intel SSD 311 Series drastically outperforms traditional hard disk drives.
  • newegg World-Class Reliability As a member of the Intel SSD generation that changed the industry with its overall performance, value, and reliability; the Intel SSD 311 Series draws from decades of Intel memory engineering experience, and compute-quality Intel 34nm NAND Flash memory manufacturing processes. The Intel SSD 311 Series also features low write amplification and a unique wear-leveling design for higher reliability, which means Intel SSDs not only perform better, they last longer.
  • newegg Flexible Form-Factor Accelerate storage performance using Intel SSD 311 Series 2.5" or mSATA form-factors. The 2.5" form factor Intel SSD 311 Series can be added to an Intel Z68 Express Chipset desktop system by using one of the multiple standard hard drive bays. For Small Form-Factor (SFF) and All-In-One (AOI) systems, the mSATA Intel SSD 311 Series saves space by mounting the device on the motherboard and not utilizing a hard drive bay. The mSATA form factor is up to eight (8) times smaller than a 2.5" hard drive, and weighs less than 10 grams. Small systems can come alive too!
  • newegg Scalable Storage Intel SSD 311 Series features Intel Smart Response Technology that helps preserve your Intel SSD 311 Series investment by focusing file accumulation on the less expensive HDD. As storage capacity requirements increase, the HDD can be upgraded to larger capacity at HDD replacement cost. The Intel SSD 311 Series, holding frequently used files, remains. Increase your PC’s performance without giving up storage capacity by combining Intel Smart Response Technology, your favorite hard disk drive, and an Intel SSD 311 Series. Performance made Simple!

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • JOSHUA M.
  • 6/6/2012 1:39:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo surprizes.

Pros: Stable. This SSD is not meant for speed, but for reliability. To this ends, it works wonderfully.

Cons: It is not fast by SSD standards. Also, it's tiney. I am not sure if you can even realistically install windows on it. For most people, this drive isn't for you.

Other Thoughts: I beat this thing up. Several reformats, a couple of OS installs, pulling down the linux kernel every other day. TRIM does need to be enabled, but it can take *some abuse.

Also, if I could take a half egg I would. The case seems to be warping/oxidizing in a very odd way. I've never seen a device do this, but it seems unrelated to its functioning.

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  • Waldemar J.
  • 3/28/2012 9:48:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI finialy got my SLC

Pros: SCL (single level cell) technology

Cons: Its only 20Gb!

Other Thoughts: I originally wanted a SCL base USB flash drive sold in Japan. However this will due. The Intel MLC 320 is fast but hay I finally got my SLC!

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  • Stede B.
  • 1/27/2012 7:11:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsThat's what it's for

Pros: Using this for a ZIL (ZFS Intent log) drive. It's perfect for this since my cache size is only about half of the disk's capacity and it's a huge savings over the older 32GB Intel X25-E (that you can't even buy anymore).

Cons: Small size means they are sort of slow - <3.5k IOPS for random writes isn't any worse than the X25-E, but it won't win any awards. Luckily the ZIL doesn't need high write speed either since we top out around 100MB/s.

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  • binh n.
  • 11/16/2011 11:29:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsToo Small

Pros: Great quality and reliable slc ssd. For a cache drive with lots of writes, slc reliability is of great importance.

Cons: Just too small, whats the point of having a 64g max cache and then selling only 20g-fills up way too fast and then performance become erractic since you don't know what was kicked out, still faster overall though.

Other Thoughts: Hindsight would be to buy a quality 64g mlc drive and have frequent automatic backups.

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  • Nathaniel J.
  • 9/30/2011 11:26:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDo NOT connect to the MB until the end!

Pros: Fast SLC memory so hopefully reliable and will last for a long time.

I used this to speed up my in-law's hard drive performance utilizing Intel Smart Response Technology and this is what I observed.

Their commonly used programs now open up instantly. So Word, IE, Firefox, etc now open right after clicking on them.

The Windows start up time is also down to about 30 seconds, and I believe it was over a minute before.

This is on "enhanced" setting.

So the launch time for the programs went from 3 seconds to pretty much instantly.

My Father in law's reaction: "So you saved me 3 seconds."

That adds up over time and makes for a more enjoyable experience. Obviously he's saving time on the startup now too and anything other frequently used item.

Cons: Do NOT connect the SSD to the MB until the end of the set up process!

So I didn't really pay very close attention to that step, which resulted in an extremely painful lesson. After setting up everything on the in-laws computer including updating virus programs, the os, and drivers for everything using slightly better than a dial up connection, I decided to turn on the last step of the process which is enabling acceleration on ISRT.

I proceeded to restart the computer and was notified that "the boot drive is no longer found." I tried experimenting with the ISRT and Raid settings and could not recover 5 hours of set up that I had just done. This resulted in having to completely redo everything I had done.

After some research, I figured out that the problem was that I had the SSD hooked up too early in the process. Once I disconnected it and then connected it later in the process, everything worked.

So... this is more a CON for ISRT than it is for this drive.

Other Thoughts: The drive is fast and SLC is supposed to last for a very long time compared to MLC. It's definitely on the pricey side of GB per $ but your paying for the top end of speed and reliability.

Intel Smart Response Technology (the reason most users are likely using this drive) should implement detection of your set up prior to enabling acceleration. It seems like an easy enough thing for Intel to add a warning that says part of your boot drive is already set up on the SSD that you are about to enable acceleration and that turning on ISRT will cause your computer to become inoperable.

Granted, I should also read ALL instructions before enabling such technology and not second guess some of the steps. But this drive doesn't actually come with any instructions. So rather than complain about instructions, I'd rather complain about ISRT not putting safe guards into their software for this type of issue.

ASRock z68 Extreme4
Intel 311 20gb
Seagate Constellation ES 500GB
Intel Core

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/26/2011 10:09:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works!

Pros: I bought this to go with my 450GB WD Raptor Drive to run in SRT. You have to have RAID turned on in order to setup SRT, so don't forget to enable it before you install your OS.

Mounted just fine in a 2.5in slot...

Cons: No issues. Price per GB is kinda high, but the memory type this unit has will be perfect for SRT.

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  • Matthew W.
  • 8/19/2011 5:47:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest thing since sliced bread

Pros: Bought 5 so far with more planned, amazing performance increase installed in CF-74 Toughbooks, and lower power usage as well.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Large capacity at a low price for a SLC SSD, there is no better drive on the market at this $ to GB ratio in a high quality SSD.

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  • Don C.
  • 7/28/2011 9:10:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth every dollar I paid for it

Pros: Can see the differnce,I'm sure it will get even better

Cons: zip

Other Thoughts: Hair pulling was going on for days thought it was my fault, then i went to the asus web page for my deluxe board and just like that, I over lapped the software fixed it back to raid, and it's all good now

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  • Scott L.
  • 7/27/2011 7:52:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggstotal waste of money

Pros: none

Cons: wasted money on this junk

Other Thoughts: I used this on Z68 mobo with Smart Response Technology and saw little or no difference. I wish I would have saved my money and bought a bigger SSD because Smart Response Technology is a joke, you can not install anything on SSD under 64GB. DO BUY THIS!! SRT is hype, no performance increase, does not get 4 times the performance of a stand alone hard drive. You might get no difference like me.

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  • Sung H.
  • 7/23/2011 8:06:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsIntel 311

Pros: SLC Drive. Excellent performance. Raid 0 over-provisioned by 20%. Crystal Disk Mark with two drives in raid 0:
395 MB/s read
229 MB/s write

AS SSD overall score: 643
Excellent price/performance compared to other sata2 options.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Development machine. Using as a boot drive for win XP on a Gigabyte P45. Will update to 6 of these on ich10R. Three in raid 0 for boot and three in raid 0 for data. Then a 2TB drive on the jmicron controller for backup.

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