Power Consumption

The power consumption of Intel's SSD 320 is pretty good. Idle power is a little higher than the X25-M G2 but both of our load tests show lower power usage than Intel's 2nd generation drive. 

Idle Power - Idle at Desktop

Load Power - 128KB Sequential Write

Load Power - 4KB Random Write, QD=32

TRIM Performance Final Words


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  • anthonyjcho - Thursday, November 17, 2011 - link

    I just got the 40GB version of this drive for my work computer as a cache drive.

    I have a large DB files (1-2GB) that I access frequently and I needed a "reliable" SSD for my task. Crucial and Intel came to mind, and only Intel products could be sourced. By the way, I use a OCZ SSD at home for gaming for better read performance.

    Long story short,
    100-105 MB/s for Read/Write is drastic improvement over the 7200rpm HDD I was using.
    My work is much more productive because I don't have to wait so long for data retrieval anymore.

    I highly recommend it to any data analyst.
  • spacehead74 - Thursday, January 5, 2012 - link

    I've been finding these on Ebay for less than $200/160gb. The 5-year warranty is a great selling point when using these for laptop upgrades. Reply
  • sqeeek - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - link

    Still using two of these as of October 2014. Not the fastest sequential r/w but the random reads + low latency are still mind-blowingly fast compared to a spinning disk. Reliability is great as well - I even bought one used. Reply
  • DocSportello - Monday, September 21, 2015 - link

    I installed my 320 in early 2012, and it's still running strong. My first (and thus far only) SSD, so it was a huge step up from HDs.

    If the numbers I saw at the time were to be believed, 320's were significantly more reliable than the alternatives. I got a bit spooked by those ongoing reports of 8-megabyte crashes; was it just a matter of time until that happened to me? But those reports mostly involved a system crash and usually a power loss; that's rare for me on a desktop with a quality power supply and a UPS.

    Anyway, for whatever reason, my 320 is doing well. The specs claimed a million hours MTBF; what did the real numbers turn out to be? Oddly, the SSD Toolbox shows less than a thousand hours of power-on time, which would be unbelievably low, except I saw a post somewhere suggesting that that number is more a count of read/write activity than powered on and ready.

    If I were buying today, I'd look at a Samsung 850, figuring the 40 nm cells have got to be inherently more robust than today's typical 19 nm cells. But that's theory; meanwhile the Intel 320 keeps rolling along.

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