- SATA II
Pretty good 03/29/2012
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)
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.
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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