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The SSD 320 from Intel is the much awaited successor of Intel X25-M, which is one of the dominant products in the consumer SSD market today. The 320, also called as the X25-M 3rd Generation SSD, is already a mainstream product. The SSD 510 is targeted for the enthusiast users. Despite being labeled as mainstream, 320 is not boring. It has a read speed of 270MB/s and a write speed of 220MB/s, which are both good features for an SSD. It is also considered as a modified X25-M, but it has a lot of new features, including its 600GB memory and 25nm NAND. These new features are new to consumer SSDs.

The memory capacity is quite big. SSD 320 is available in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB, and 600GB. All these capacities are fitting for everyone who uses boot drives to massive system drives. These are 320’s 2.5” form factor. The 1.8” form factor is more appropriate for tablets, notebooks and similar devices. The SSD is available in 80GB, 160GB and 300GB. It also has a 25nm NAND, which is already proven reliable with a Tier 1 performance.

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Intel SSD 320 Series Hard Drives

Intel knows how to show the importance of SSD 320 for business and consumer users even if there are SSDs with higher performance at the same price. They wanted to emphasize on the fact that 320 has a better write speed, which is 19% to 36% faster than the speed of X25-M.

Intel also includes capacitors to reduce the impact of start-up currents when there is power failure or hot-swapping conditions. These capacitors are meant to avoid data loss by helping the computer hard drive write all the contents to NAND. The company also boldly claims that their SSDs have the best 23nm NAND in the market. It is true though that SSD 320 shows a huge improvement over the X25-M.

The company still has some space in the market though because of the SATA 3GB/s installed-base market 320 is also performs faster than the fastest compute hard drive. It is also highly compatible and reliable plus it has an SSD toolbox.

intel SSD Pros

  • Highly reliable
  • Better performance than X25-M
  • Higher capacity
  • Enterprise-like data integrity protection
  • Savings for buyers

intel SSD Cons
Not as good as performance-based SSDs

The SSD 320 still needed to compete with X25-M SATA 2GB/s performance. However, it has its 600GB capacity and power protection features to be proud of. The 320 will still likely find a niche in the enterprise market.

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Upon Intel’s entry to the SSD market, it aimed to bring more awareness to this technology. The company was really serious about this goal that it even called the brand X25-M, with M for mainstream. The company didn't want SSD to be introduced as a part of mainstream technology for its own selfish interest.


With SSD intel wanted to help improve CPU performance with the help of this additional faster storage. Even without changing anything with the IO, the modifications in CPU would be less and less significant. To address this matter, Intel was hoping on using SSD.