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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel SSD 320 Series Solid State Drive
Intel SSD 320 Series
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
HDD vs Hybrid Drive vs SSD
Intel SSD 320 Series Conclusion

Intel SSD 320 Series Features

Superior built-in data protection features

The new Intel SSD 320 Series contains built-in features to protect your data from external threats and internal system snags. The Intel SSD 320 Series comes pre-configured with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128 bit encryption capabilities2. In the event of theft or loss of your computer, you have the peace of mind that your personal data is secured by advanced encryption technologies. Additionally, two new data protection features guard your data from internal system mishaps. To reduce potential data loss, the Intel SSD 320 Series detects and protects from an unexpected system power loss. The drive saves all cached data in the process of being written before shutting down, thereby minimizing potential data loss. The Intel SSD 320 Series also improves reliability by providing an array of surplus NAND flash. If the controller encounters a faulty NAND array, the Intel SSD 320 Series automatically reconfigures itself to reduce the prospect of data loss.

Capacities to fit your needs

Available in a wide range of capacities, the Intel SSD 320 Series provides you with the flexibility to choose an SSD that best fits your need and budget. Whether you choose the 40 gigabytes (GB), 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB or 600GB capacity, the Intel SSD 320 Series delivers the highly responsive PC experience you desire.

SSD Management Tool Suite

Install and manage the Intel SSD 320 Series with two FREE Intel utilities-the Intel® Data Migration Software and the Intel® SSD Toolbox with Intel® SSD Optimizer.

  • Intel Data Migration Software The Intel Data Migration Software helps you install an Intel SSD in an existing PC system. With minimal steps, this useful tool replicates the operating system and all files from a PC's hard drive or SSD to any Intel SSD. The Intel Data Migration Software supports Microsoft Windows* 7, Vista*, and XP. Download this utility, free of charge, at
  • Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer The Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer provides a powerful set of management, information, and diagnostic tools to maintain the health of your Intel SSD and optimize performance to "fresh-out-of-the-box" levels. The toolbox offers options to securely erase your SSD or access the System Configuration Tuner that helps your system take full advantage of your Intel SSD's performance. Download the toolbox, free of charge, at
Model name Intel Solid-State Drive 320 Series
Capacity 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB and 600GB
NAND flash components 25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell Compute-Quality Components
Bandwidth Sustained sequential reads
  • 40GB up to 200 MB/s
  • 80GB up to 270 MB/s
  • 120GB up to 270 MB/s
  • 160GB up to 270 MB/s
  • 300GB up to 270 MB/s
  • 600GB up to 270 MB/s
Sustained sequential writes
  • 40GB up to 45 MB/s
  • 80GB up to 90 MB/s
  • 120GB up to 130 MB/s
  • 160GB up to 165 MB/s
  • 300Gb up to 205 MB/s
  • 600GB up to 220 MB/s
Read latency 75 microseconds
Write latency 90 microseconds
Random I/O Operations per Second (IOPS) Random 4KB Reads
  • 40GB up to 30,000 IOPS
  • 80GB up to 38,000 IOPS
  • 120GB up to 38,000 IOPS
  • 160GB up to 39,000 IOPS
  • 300GB up to 39,500 IOPS
  • 600GB up to 39,500 IOPS
Random 4KB Writes
  • 40GB up to 3,700 IOPS
  • 80GB up to 10,000 IOPS
  • 120GB up to 14,000 IOPS
  • 160GB up to 21,000 IOPS
  • 300Gb up to 23,000 IOPS
  • 600GB up to 23,000 IOPS
Interface SATA 3Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5Gb/s
Form Factor, Height and Weight
Form FactorCapacitiesHeight / Weight
2.5 inch 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB, and 600GB 7.0 mm / 82 grams
9.5 mm / 88 grams
1.8 inch 80GB, 160GB, 300GB 5.0 mm / 49 grams
Life expectancy 1.2 million hours Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF)
Power consumption
  • Active: 150 mW Typical6
  • Idle: 100 mW Typical7
Operating shock 1,500G/0.5 ms
Operating temperature 0°C to 70°C
Compatibility and compliance SATA Revision 2.6 compliant. Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s with Native Command Queuing and SATA 1.5Gb/s interface rates.
RoHS compliance Meets the requirements of European Union (EU) RoHS Compliance Directives
Product health monitoring
  • Intel Data Migration Software
  • Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox
  • Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) commands

Source: Intel Corporation



# Perfect timingRob 2011-06-16 10:37
Thanks for the perfect timing and through review. I am in the market for a SSD (for my SATA II Mobo) and I was going to place my order today. This looks like the one so far.
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# need 4 speedcharley 2011-06-17 10:38
looks like its around the middle of the proformance chart.. price has come down alot and is faster than standard platter hard drives .. maybe worth a try ...Intel a name you can trust a price I can afford .. thank you for your review
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# Bought itRob 2011-06-24 13:09
I purchased this over a week ago now and I am very happy with my purchase. It was a very easy install and porting of data. So far no issues at all. Thanks again for the review as this aided me in my purchase choice.
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# RE: Intel SSD 320 Series Solid State Drivedanwat1234 2013-05-31 17:26
Way too slow. I'd get a Vertex3/4/Vector instead. No desire to buy this drive used because these newer SSDs are cheap too
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