Intel's package is a very OEM-looking beige cardboard box. A sticker has the important product details listed, but I would prefer a slightly fancier package.
You will receive:
- The SSD
- Intel Speed Demon Sticker
- Installation Guide
The drive conforms to the dimensions set forth by the 2.5" form factor. It uses a rugged metal casing that feels extremely solid and high quality.
Unlike recent SSDs, the Intel 320 Series does not support the new SATA 6 Gbps interface. It supports SATA-II with up to 300 MB/s, which is of course forward and backward compatible to any other SATA interface revision.
Intel is using 20 flash chips, the SSD controller and a DRAM chip which serves as RAM for the SSD controller.
A Hynix memory chip provides the system RAM for the SSD controller.
As controller Intel's own PC29AS21BA0 is used.
The 20 flash chips are made by Intel and have a capacity of 16 GB each, they are produced in a 25 nanometer production process.