Intel 320 Series 2.5" 80GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - SSDSA2CW080G3K5 - SSDSA2CW080G3K5

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Terrific with Macbook Pro 2011

by pointam on 7/9/2011

I put this drive into my new 15" Macbook Pro (early 2011 edition, i7 Sandy Bridge processor) to replace the stock 500GB drive. The user replacement, which does not void the Apple warranty, took all of about 15 minutes and that was mostly because of having to remove and then replace 10 screws on the back of the Macbook Pro to get access to the drive bay. Restored from Time Machine, and I was in business. I had read a lot about these Intel SSD drives, but I was still surprised by how huge the change is in boot times, application loads, etc. My OSX system boots in 13 seconds. My Windows 7 VM session running under Parallels boots in about 20 seconds. Large applications, even Photoshop CS5, open and load in a few seconds. The computer is wonderfully responsive and it even seems to run a little cooler as well. Bottom line, I love this drive. It changes the entire computing experience. Granted, I have had it in for only a day or so, but thus far I am extremely impressed.

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Product Overview

Intel Solid-State Drives just got better. The next generation Intel SSD 320 Series offers built-in data protection features, better performance, larger capacities and more value for your money. Built with 25 nanometer Intel NAND Flash Memory, the Intel SSD 320 Series accelerates PC performance where it matters most. With random read performance up to 39,500 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and sequential read performance of up to 270 megabytes per second (MB/s), your PC will blaze through the most demanding applications and will handle intense multi-tasking needs.

Couple that performance with random writes up to 23,000 IOPS and sequential writes up to 220MB/s to unleash your system. The Intel SSD 320 Series contains built-in features to help protect your data from external threats and internal system snags. Two 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 Intel SSD 320 Series improves reliability by providing an array of surplus NAND flash. 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.

The Intel SSD 320 Series delivers the highly responsive PC experience you desire. Install and manage the Intel SSD with two Intel utilities—the Intel Data Migration Software and the Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer. The Intel Data Migration Software helps you install an Intel SSD in an existing PC system. 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. With powerful Native Command Queuing that enables up to 32 concurrent operations; the Intel SSD 320 Series drastically outperform traditional hard disk drives.


Manufacturer Intel
Mfg Part# SSDSA2CW080G3K5
SKU 220601164
UPC 735858216203
UPC 14 00735858216203
Unlike traditional hard disk drives, Intel Solid-State Drives have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, rugged storage solution with a life expectancy of 1.2 million hours mean time between failures
Designed to satisfy the most demanding users and technology enthusiasts, the Intel SSD 320 Series brings high-performance storage and reliability to notebook and desktop systems
Random read performance of 30,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and sequential read performance of 270 megabytes per second (MB/s)
Couple that performance with random writes of 10,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 90MB/s to unleash your system.
The Intel® Data Migration Software clones the operating system and files from a hard drive or SSD to any Intel SSD. The free software supports Microsoft Windows* 7, Vista* and XP
Intel SSD 320 Series come pre-configured with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit full-disk encryption capabilities.
Intel SSD 320 Series feature low-write amplification and a unique wear-leveling design for higher reliability; meaning Intel SSDs not only perform better, they last longer.
Included in the box: SSD, quick install guide, mini CD-ROM with warranty, desktop install kit: drive bracket and screws, SATA signal cable and SATA power cable.
Five-Year Warranty
Tech Specs
Host Interface Serial ATA
Product Type Solid State Drive
Manufacturer Part Number SSDSA2CW080G3K5
Manufacturer Website Address
Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Product Model SSDSA2CW080G3
Product Name 320 Series SSDSA2CW080G3 MLC Solid State Drive
Product Series 320
Brand Name Intel
Form Factor Internal
Compatible Drive Bay Width 2.5"
Storage Capacity 80 GB
Product Attributes
Color Clear
Form Factor Internal
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