Intel 320 

Released April, 2011
  • 80 GB
  • SATA II
  • 64 MB
6.3 Out of 10

Legit Bottom Line: While a few may disappointed that the 320 Series doesn't offer a 6Gbps interface, those that are still on SATA 3Gbps hardware will enjoy yet another strong offering in the long list of available SSDs.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)
It does offer some other features and innovations of value, but if you're looking for the fastest SSD out there, this isn't it.
by PCMag (Jun, 2011)

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel 320

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

Intel 320
5.7
Intel 520
5.7
4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

Intel 320
5.9
Intel 520
6.6
4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Intel 320
7.5
Intel 520
7.6
Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy

Benchmarks

How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Intel 320
6.4
Intel 520
7.5
Passmark Disk Rating, PCMark Vantage, AS SSD Score and 1 more

6.3

SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

Intel 320
6.3
Intel 520
6.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel 320

4K Random Read

Intel 320
133.91 MB/s
SSDNow V300
38.7 MB/s
Intel 520
88.59 MB/s

4K Random Write

Intel 320
62.7 MB/s
Intel 330
17.45 MB/s
SSDNow V300
33.3 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

Intel 320
12.1 s
Intel 330
16 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s

Avg. Power Consumption

Intel 320
1.55 Watts
Intel 520
2.66 Watts
Intel 330
1.2 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

Intel 320
3.99 ms
SSDNow V300
7.51 ms
Intel 520
3.08 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

Intel 320
1.87 ms
SSDNow V300
6.46 ms
Intel 520
2.82 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel 320


7.0
So if you have a motherboard with SATA III, pick a drive that uses it instead to get your money's worth in terms of performance.

7.5
One reason is the old Intel SSD controller, another is the lack of support for the new SATA 6 Gbps interface.

Overall

7.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Interface

The performance has improved to 270 MB/s reads and 220 MB/s writes while still utilizing the SATA II 3Gbps interface.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)
Intel's 320 Series SSD is based on the aging X25-M, so it does not support the new SATA 6 Gbps interface.
by techPowerUp!
Unlike recent SSDs, the Intel 320 Series does not support the new SATA 6 Gbps interface.
by techPowerUp!

Price

Unfortunately, these larger drives are still prohibitively expensive to the average consumer and with the most recent natural and nuclear disasters in Japan (our sincere condolences and well-wishes for the unfortunate souls impacted), expect to see NAND prices hold steady if not rise.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)
Of course, when they do hit retailers, expect the prices to be inflated a bit as usual with new products.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)
The drive offers slightly better performance at a similar price point, but this is not enough to compete with Sandforce's latest SF-2200 controller.
by techPowerUp!

Capacity

For those that have been waiting for more large capacity SSDs, these should fit the bill nicely but don't forget your checkbook because they still aren't cheap.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)
Intel probably also has the most expansive line in terms of capacity we've seen to date with the smallest drive of 40 GB being priced around $89, all the way up to the big boy 600 GB at roughly $1,069.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)
For many, more affordable large capacity SSDs can't come soon enough.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)

Performance

The firmware is new and improved which pairs with the new 25nm NAND and boosts performance over the older X25-M drives.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)
The Iometer scores did show better 4k random write performance and hence gives credence to Intel's assertion.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)

Speed

The 4 KB random writes ostensibly show somewhat of a weakness but Intel has proactively informed us that several of the shorter length synthetic benchmarks report slower throughputs than the drive is capable of so keep this in mind as you peruse the results.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 80 GB
Cache 64 MB
Interface SATA II
Interface speed 3 Gbit/s
Controller Intel PC29AS21BA0
Memory type MLC

form factor

Thickness 7 mm

manufacturer performance

MTBF 1,200,000 hours
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