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Intel 320 Series GEN3 80GB 2.5in SSD SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive Retail w/ Bracket

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   Shipping Weight:   0.6 lbs
   Part #: SSDSA2CW080G3K5

Features    [ Edit | History ]
Quick Specs:
Storage Capacity 80 GB
Drive Type Internal
Drive Interface SATA
Drive Width 2.5"
Drive Interface Standard SATA/300

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General Information  
     Brand Name: Intel
     Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: SSDSA2CW080G3K5
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Package Type: Retail
     Packaged Quantity: 1
     Product Model: SSDSA2CW080G3
     Product Name: 320 Series SSDSA2CW080G3 MLC Solid State Drive
     Product Series: 320
     Product Type: Solid State Drive
     Drive Interface: SATA
     Drive Interface Standard: SATA/300
Physical Characteristics  
     Drive Type: Internal
     Drive Width: 2.5"
Technical Information  
     Storage Capacity: 80 GB

Intel SSDSA2CW080G3K5 Customer Reviews

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Experience: 4 Weeks
 Verified Owner
- Intel reliability
- Pain-free setup
- Older unit (not SATA 3)
While an older drive in the current SSD market you get a great overview and sample size of what to expect in terms of reliability. I was willing to sacrifice slower sequential speeds in favour of having a SSD that didn't bonk out on me in the short term, even if it was used only as an OS drive.

Enable AHCI in the bios and let your PC do the rest. For users that don't game or require a lot of space sapping programs, the 80GB unit is more than enough.

Prices are starting to finally creep down so if reliability is a concern, the Intel 320 SSDs are a no-brainer.

Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Intel reliability, feels solid (pun intended), 3.5" brackets work well.
Not SATA 6.0Gbps
I am not hardcore into specs, so I cannot say how many I/O scrawls or kiloflops this thing can do, but I will say that there was a significant, NOTICEABLE improvement in overall system performance when I installed this in place of my old 250GB platter enclosure. I would recommend this to anybody looking at a well priced, low capacity SATA2 SSD. As of this moment, the only con I can think of is that it is not SATA3, but neither is my motherboard so it's a perfect match!

Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Fast, silent, reliable (so far), easy mail-in-rebate process
Pricey when not on sale
I went through several Corsair SSDs that failed (3 weeks for one SSD and 3 days for a second) and had to deal with their nightmare support. Eventually I received a refund from Corsair and bought two of these Intel SSDs during boxing week.

Great deal and includes a cable and mounting bracket. I use one in my desktop PC (120GB) and the other in a laptop (80GB). Great performance and very reliable so far. Highly recommended.

Experience: 6 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Great upgrade for my old laptop.Come with bracket can easily insatll in my desktop with another SSD.Only 80 bucks after mail in rebeat.
Not SATA 3.0
You can never buy a better SSD at the onsale price, it works satble for months, never fail.

Experience: 1 Months
-Intel quality
-Fast enough to nearly max out SATA 2
-Very good deal if you can get it at a discount
-A quick search on google and you'll see many complaints about drives suddenly disappearing after a reboot, killing all of your data
-Intel released an updated firmware to solve this issue, but the problem has not been completely mitigated
-Relatively poor write speeds
-Not SATA 3
-There are faster SSDs out there today for around the same price range, though they are not Intel-based
-In terms of cosmetics, the bottom shell of the drive looks like it has been used. But this is just how Intel makes their drives. It is indeed brand new. It is just that the metallic material that they use as the bottom plate looks uniformed (but it is still completely smooth to the touch).
A nice little upgrade especially if your system is only capable of SATA 2 speeds.

Though if you buy this today, there are better deals out there such as new Sandforce offerings if you do not put much stock into failure rates (of which Intel has, by far, the lowest).

Even with that in mind, the 320 series are known for sudden failure where upon reboot the drive only has 8mb recognized, bricking itself more or less. It's not a guarantee that the latest firmware from Intel has totally fixed the issue. So buyer beware.

Experience: 4 Days
5 Year Warranty
Decent Speed
Bought this thing for $50.00 on boxing day. Thing totally smokes a conventional drive and with a 5 year warranty so I shouldn't have to buy another one anytime soon. Of course there are much faster SDD drives out there but $50.00 for 80Gb is a steal.

The only real downside to this drive is that it has a SATA2 interface. Though I'm not sure if it would really be able to take advantage of the SATA3 bandwidth.

At regular price of $150.00, you might want to consider a different drive. You can get a faster SATA3 SandForce 60Gb Corsair for probably $100 although you might have issues with SandForce.

Experience: 2 Days
Blazing fast. The ssd lives up to its sticker name (Speed Demon)
none so far
Amazingly fast quite small (2.5 in clearly) Intel always has the reliability that anyone is looking for.

Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
small, extremely fast, easy to install, quiet.
price, if you buy on regular price
This is the must add on if you are running intel I chip.

Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
- 5 year warranty
- it's not SATA 6Gbps such as Crucial M4 but it's still an SSD which is much faster than a HDD
- mail in rebate made it $1 per GB
- Intel's own branded controller and Intel NAND
- included bracket with mounting screws and SATA cable
- mail in rebate
Got it during Black Friday sale for $80 after mail in rebate.

Experience: 2 Months
Performance, reliability and software toolbox included
I bought this SSD right when it came out a few months ago. I recommend this retail package for people who wants to install it in their PC without a hassle. Cables and mounting screws are included along with the bracket. I chose Intel for their known reliability and performance. It might be a bit expensive compared to the competition, but you know what you're getting, and you won't be disappointed. Other companies like OCZ have had their share of problems by trying to lower their price with cheaper components.(A simple google search will prove my point). Intel is the way to go in my opinion if you care about stable reading and writing speed! Thanks NCIX.

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