Intel 320 Series SSD 300 GB 4

Intel 320 Series SSD 300 GB Review

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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

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.
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