- SATA II
Great experience so far, Intel makes SSDs easy. 06/25/2011
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.
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.
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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