Intel 311 Series SSDSA2VP020G201 20GB 2.5" Solid State Drive - Optimized for Intel Smart Resposne Technology - SSDSA2VP020G201

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by Koopasand on 11/7/2011

I was excited about the idea of having a fast mechanical boot drive be even faster when cached with an SSD. I haven't built a system with an SSD as boot drive yet, so I don't have any basis for comparison. I don't feel that SSD caching is as good as it's hyped up to be. It's still pretty fast though. I'm happy enough.

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Product Overview

Speed Meets Capacity
Want Solid State Drive (SSD)-like storage performance, with Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity, at a lower cost than a large SSD? Combine an Intel Solid-State Drive 311 Series, a HDD, and Intel® Smart Response Technology for a simple way to accelerate storage performance. Intel Smart Response Technology—enabled by systems utilizing the Intel® Z68 Express Chipset with Intel® Rapid Storage Technology version 10.5 and second generation Intel® Core processors—seamlessly combines the responsiveness of a high-performance SSD with the capacity and low cost of a hard drive. The two technologies appear as a single C:\ driver letter that provides you with the familiar storage identifier.

The system automatically learns which files are accessed frequently and copies them from the HDD to the SSD. The next time you access these files, the system loads them from the fast SSD rather than the slower hard drive. When you request infrequently-used files, the system loads them from the hard drive when you need them. Systems boot fast, applications load fast, and the system feels snappy, like an SSD.

Performance and Endurance
The Intel SSD 311 Series utilizes Intel 34nm Single Level Cell (SLC) NAND to offer higher performance and longer endurance over Multi Level Cell (MLC) NAND, which is typically used in other SSDs. Changing the NAND components from MLC to SLC increases the performance and longevity of Intel Smart Response Technology. With powerful Native Command Queuing that enables up to 32 concurrent operations and proven Intel architecture; the Intel SSD 311 Series drastically outperforms traditional hard disk drives.

World-Class Reliability
As a member of the Intel SSD generation that changed the industry with its overall performance, value, and reliability; the Intel SSD 311 Series draws from decades of Intel memory engineering experience, and computequality Intel 34nm NAND Flash memory manufacturing processes. The Intel SSD 311 Series also features low write amplification and a unique wear-leveling design for higher reliability, which means Intel SSDs not only perform better, they last longer.

Flexible Form-Factor
Accelerate storage performance using Intel SSD 311 Series 2.5" or mSATA form-factors. The 2.5" form factor Intel SSD 311 Series can be added to an Intel Z68 Express Chipset desktop system by using one of the multiple standard hard drive bays.

For Small Form-Factor (SFF) and All-In-One (AOI) systems, the mSATA Intel SSD 311 Series saves space by mounting the device on the motherboard and not utilizing a hard drive bay. The mSATA form factor is up to eight (8) times smaller than a 2.5" hard drive, and weighs less than 10 grams. Small systems can come alive too!

Scalable Storage
Replacing an HDD with a single large SSD requires purchasing enough SSD capacity to allow for file accumulation (more and more applications, pictures, audio, and video). When full capacity is reached, you can migrate the data to external storage or you can replace the SSD with a larger capacity SSD. However, Intel Smart Response Technology helps preserve your Intel SSD 311 Series investment by focusing file accumulation on the less expensive HDD. As storage capacity requirements increase, the HDD can be upgraded to larger capacity at HDD replacement cost. The Intel SSD 311 Series, holding frequently used files, remains.

Increase your PC’s performance without giving up storage capacity by combining Intel Smart Response Technology, your favorite hard disk drive, and an Intel SSD 311 Series. Performance made Simple!


Manufacturer Intel
Mfg Part# SSDSA2VP020G201
SKU 221426470
UPC 735858221146
UPC 14 00735858221146
Tech Specs
Capacity: 20GB
NAND Flash Memory: 34nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Single-Level Cell (SLC) Compute-Quality Components
Bandwidth: Sustained Sequential Reads: UP to 200 MB/s; Sustained Sequential Writes: up to 105 MB/s
Read Latency: 65 typical
Write Latency: 75 typical
Random I/O Operations per Second (4kB IOPS): Reads up to 37000 IOPS, Writes: up to 3,300 IOPS
Interface: SATA 3Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5Gb/s
Life expectancy: 1.2 million hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
Active Power Consumption: 150 mW Typical
Idel Power Consumption: 70 mW Typical
Operating Temperature: 0 C to 70 C
RoHS Compliance: Meets the requirements of European Union (EU) RoHS Compliance Directives
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