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JP@XoticPC
03-30-2011, 10:21 AM
Intel Corporation announced today its highly anticipated third-generation solid-state drive (SSD) the Intel® Solid-State Drive 320 Series ( (http://www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/ssd)Intel® SSD 320 Series (http://newsroom.intel.com/docs/DOC-1551)). Based on its industry-leading 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory, the Intel SSD 320 replaces and builds on its high-performing Intel® X25-M SATA SSD. Delivering more performance and uniquely architected reliability features, the new Intel SSD 320 offers new higher capacity models, while taking advantage of cost benefits from its#25nm process with an up to 30 percent price reduction over its current generation.

Check it out on Intel's press release website (http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/03/28/intel-announces-third-generation-ssd-intel-solid-state-drive-320-series?cid=rss-258152-c1-265667).

powerpack
03-30-2011, 10:35 AM
I read about this 2 days ago was waiting for Smog to post it. Larger capacity lower cost. What we have been waiting for. Is it enough to get me in the game? I will have to consider.

600GB! Nice.

Keeper
03-30-2011, 10:38 AM
I read about this 2 days ago was waiting for Smog to post it. Larger capacity lower cost. What we have been waiting for. Is it enough to get me in the game? I will have to consider.

600GB! Nice.

That's pretty much what I was thinking. I think I will still hold out and see what all the others will be offering then make the plunge.

JP@XoticPC
03-30-2011, 10:41 AM
I read about this 2 days ago was waiting for Smog to post it. Larger capacity lower cost. What we have been waiting for. Is it enough to get me in the game? I will have to consider.

600GB! Nice.

I know! I was waiting for Smog to post it too, but I thought I'd just steal the lime light this time. :cool:

I have to say, I recently worked on a computer with an SSD and WOW did it boot quickly. I know this seems strange from a guy that works for Xotic, but I was always a traditional HDD kind of guy. I may look into this drive for my next desktop build.

Hemotherapy
03-30-2011, 11:50 AM
I love SSD's. I use to hate having to boot my computer. Now I don't even care. Normally I'd hibernate or standby them while at work, but with my SSD G73, I just turn it off and when I get home, 15 seconds and it's ready to rock n roll. So awesome!

SmogHog
03-30-2011, 07:36 PM
There was absolutely nothing to get excited about and alert the knowledeable members and visitors to.

While the Intel 320 series may be a new name it's old because it's SATA II.

Anyone with Sandy Bridge CPUs and Intel series 6 chipsets that support SATA III would be foolish to consider this series of SSDs.

For pre series 6 chipset computers the 320 sersies should be considered because it uses an Intel controller and the X25 series has an excellent reported reliability.

The Intel SSD 320 series 300GB drive proved to be one of the better performing SATA II drives we have tested(hothardware). Overall, the SSD 320 series drive is faster than the previous-gen X25-M G2, especially in sequential write speeds. Versus the SandForce SF-1200 driven OCZ Vertex 2, the Intel SSD 320 series drive is able to pull off a few benchmark victories, but the SandForce drive offered better overall random read and write performance with highly competitive and sometimes better sequential transfer performance.

The Intel SSD 320 series drive is a solid product that may prove to be one of the most reliable on the market over time, but its performance is hard to get excited about having already seen a handful of SATA III SSDs.

The MSRPs are competitive with late generation SandForce SF-1200 series drives, which is a good thing, but hopefully street prices will be somewhat lower, making the Intel SSD 320 series a bit more attractive in light of competing drives in its class.

BTW-OCZ has already transitioned from 34nm chips to 25nm in their Vertex 2 line and Corsair has the "A" designation
http://www.xoticpcforums.com/showthread.php?t=9737

JP@XoticPC
03-31-2011, 12:27 PM
Nice! Good info as always, Smog!

Vmuse
03-31-2011, 01:11 PM
I cannot imagine not having an ssd anymore, my desktop and my laptop both use one for the boot drive

SmogHog
05-20-2011, 08:09 PM
New 5-Year Limited Warranty on Intel SSD 320

Confident in the enhanced reliability features of its recently introduced third-generation solid-state drive (SSD), Intel announced it has (http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/05/19/chip-shot-new-5-year-limited-warranty-on-intel-ssd-320) extended its limited warranty for the Intel® SSD 320 Series from three years to five years. The extended warranty term will apply to all Intel SSD 320 Series drives, including those already purchased. Additional limitations apply to enterprise usage levels.

powerpack
05-20-2011, 10:11 PM
New 5-Year Limited Warranty on Intel SSD 320

Confident in the enhanced reliability features of its recently introduced third-generation solid-state drive (SSD), Intel announced it has (http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/05/19/chip-shot-new-5-year-limited-warranty-on-intel-ssd-320) extended its limited warranty for the Intel® SSD 320 Series from three years to five years. The extended warranty term will apply to all Intel SSD 320 Series drives, including those already purchased. Additional limitations apply to enterprise usage levels.Smog do I want or care about a 5 year warranty on a SATA II? I like the info but what do you think? SATA III has already eclipsed and talking 5 years out? I am asking not concluding. What is your opinion. And of course as always, good info buddy.:p:D:)

SmogHog
05-20-2011, 11:11 PM
Smog do I want or care about a 5 year warranty on a SATA II? I like the info but what do you think? SATA III has already eclipsed and talking 5 years out? I am asking not concluding. What is your opinion. And of course as always, good info buddy.:p:D:)

You and I may not but a series 320 owner might or someone thinking of getting one.

There's more pre Sandy Bridge hardware out there with SATA 2 than there is Sandy Bridge hardware that has SATA 3.0 support.

It's of no benifit to put a SATA 3.0 SSD in a pre series 6 chipset notebook.

Using an SSD for storage in a non enterprise PC doesn't make much sense also.

There are many people posting on here that have Sandy Bridge notebooks but have ordered with SATA 2 SSDs like this one or put them in themselves.I'm thinking it was because of saving a few bucks on the SATA 2 SSD and/or getting a larger capacity for less money.

Cost per GB is an important factor when choosing drives for your unit.

I saw someone post their new NP8170-S1 specs on the forums today with a 80gb series 320 SSD as the ordered primary drive.

Maybe an oops is another reason.

IMO a free warranty upgrade is never something to complain about.It's good to know that owners already owning them are included in the additional 2 years warranty.

Skarn
05-22-2011, 01:52 AM
It's of no benifit to put a SATA 3.0 SSD in a pre series 6 chipset notebook.
Actually, that's debatable.

Firstly, the Crucial C300 is priced competitively with SATA II SSDs of the same generation.

Further, some of the reviews I saw for the C300 tested it both on SATA III and SATA II controllers. It outperforms most of last year's SATA II drives when itself installed on a SATA II port. Also, when installed on a SATA III controller, while sequential speed is slower than newer models, the 4K random read speeds (boot times) keep up with the newer generation.

SmogHog
05-22-2011, 06:47 AM
Actually, that's debatable.

Firstly, the Crucial C300 is priced competitively with SATA II SSDs of the same generation.

Further, some of the reviews I saw for the C300 tested it both on SATA III and SATA II controllers. It outperforms most of last year's SATA II drives when itself installed on a SATA II port. Also, when installed on a SATA III controller, while sequential speed is slower than newer models, the 4K random read speeds (boot times) keep up with the newer generation.

Yes the SATA 3 C300 is exceptional in 4KQD32 transfers while on the slower SATA 2 bus.

http://hothardware.com/articleimages/item1456/big_c300-sata6g-crystal.jpg
256GB Micron Real C300 (SATA 3 6gb/s)

http://hothardware.com/articleimages/item1456/big_c300-sata3g-crystal.jpg
256GB Micron Real C300(SATA 2 3gb/s)

http://hothardware.com/articleimages/item1652/big_crystal-intel-320.jpg
300GB Intel 320(SATA 2 3gb/s)

http://hothardware.com/articleimages/item1640/big_intel-510-crystal.jpg
250GB Intel 510(SATA # 6gb/s)

http://hothardware.com/articleimages/item1636/big_ocz-v3-crystal.jpg
240GB OCZ Vertex 3(SATA 3 6gb/s) 25nm Nand

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240GB OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS(SATA 3 6gb/s)32nm Toshiba Nand

SmogHog
07-16-2011, 09:50 PM
Intel Investigates Possible Bug in SSD 320 Drives

Intel is following up on reports coming in on its own Intel Forum over a potential bug (http://www.macworld.com/article/161166/2011/07/intelssd320.html#lsrc.rss_main) causing the solid state drive to fail, causing data loss. Intel has authorized customers who have experienced the failure, to receive free replacement drives.






The SSD 320 was released in March and is being used in both PCs and Apple Mac computers. The drive, which has received positive reviews, is offered with capacities ranging from 40GB to 600GB

SmogHog
07-27-2011, 02:29 AM
Some semi-good news for Intel 320 Series solid state drive owners who might be suffering from the notorious 8MB bug. No, we don't have a fix, and neither does Intel. However, the Santa Clara chip maker is fully aware of the problem and is promising a new firmware update that will supposedly stomp out the annoying bug for good.

"Intel has been investigating the ‘Bad Context 13x Error’ as seen on select Intel® SSD 320 Series drives," Intel said in a statement. "This was previously noted in the Intel community post as 'SSD Power Loss.' To summarize the error: In certain circumstances, after an unexpected power loss, a small percentage of SSDs may experience this error on the next attempt to boot the system. In this situation, the system’s BIOS reports an SSD as an 8MB capacity drive."



http://hothardware.com/newsimages/Item18186/Intel_320_SSD.jpg

Intel said it's been able to reproduce the 'Bad Context 13x Error' and said that it's fixable. As it stands, Intel is in the processing of validating the new firmware, though stopped short of announcing when it will be made available to the public.

In the meantime, Intel is continuing to ship its 320 Series and recommends performing regular backups, as users should be doing anyway. In addition, Intel says to avoid unplugging the SSD while the system is powered on, whenever possible, to reduce the risk of initiating the bug.