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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  • B3an - Monday, March 28, 2011 - link

    lol @ this SSD.

    But most of all lol @ the price for this performance.
  • wumpus - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - link

    Somehow they sell chips that perform at levels AMD meets, as well as the high end. Both get large intel mark ups. Lol at the customers. Reply
  • Cow86 - Monday, March 28, 2011 - link

    Have to agree here, I was looking forward to this drive to be decent performance at a low price....Performance is a bit less than I hoped for though, and the pricing is actually the same or higher than last gen. I'm looking to purchase an SSD in a few months (based on bulldozer, so somewhere late june probably) for a full rebuild of my pc, and I'll look at the pricing landscape then, but so far am dissapointed at the pricing of this entire new generation....wasn't 25 nm supposed to lower prices?

    As a sidenote, I couldn't help but take note of Crucial M4 results in the graphs here (which frankly, whilst doing great in write performance, seem a bit of a letdown in read performance compared to the C300?). Have I missed a review of that here, or is that inbound and have the results simply already been included in this review?
  • semo - Monday, March 28, 2011 - link

    25nm nodes are more prone to errors and have a lower lifespan. This, and possibly other limitation, have necessitated workarounds that eat in to the savings due to smaller size (more reserve space, more ECC).

    Japan's natural disasters have also impacted global supply of flash (which hasn't been able to meet demand for a while now anyway)
  • ArteTetra - Monday, March 28, 2011 - link

    I don't think this chips come from Japan. I think they are made in Lehi, Utah, USA.

    Furthermore, look at the date on those chips. It says 2008 and 2009, not 2011.
  • vol7ron - Monday, March 28, 2011 - link

    I think Intel was using Samsung memory though. I'm not sure if these are manufactured in South Korea, or if Samsung has a plant in Japan. Reply
  • Griswold - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - link

    No. Do you pull that crap out of your ass before posting it? Reply
  • dagamer34 - Monday, March 28, 2011 - link

    Sure, 25nm was supposed to lower prices, but all it demonstrates was that Intel was charging more for its drive previously anyway.

    Just looking at benchmarks, the OCZ Vertex 3 is gonna be the drive to beat, though it still isn't shipping to any retailers for sale yet.
  • Gami - Monday, March 28, 2011 - link

    there's nothing to beat, if you're not ont he market for sale. Reply
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Monday, March 28, 2011 - link

    The m4 arrived while I was at CTIA last week so I just had enough time to run it through our suite. A full review of it and much more is coming soon :) Reply

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