Conclusion: Designed exclusively for use with the Z68 Express chipset, the Intel SSD 311 Series is well appointed for caching data and boosting application speed. But preparation—and laser-focused purpose—are required to make the most of it.
Pros: Ideal for pairing with a hard drive for enabling Intel's Smart Response Technology.
Cons: Small capacity, relatively slow speed makes drive useless for any other application. Somewhat pricey. Windows must be installed with SSD caching in mind. Supports 3Gbps SATA only.
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Summary: The Intel SSD 311 Series 20GB ‘Larson Creek’ drive proved itself to be a great cache drive. If you have an Intel Z68 platform that can run Intel Smart Response Technology it’s worth looking into if you have a hard drive for the primary drive and don’t want to splurge on an SSD and having to re-install your OS!
Beginners Guide: Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel 311 Larson Creek SSD
12 May 2011
Summary: With the launch of the Intel Z68 motherboard chipset, Intel also unveiled a novel addition to its Rapid Storage Technology v10.5 disk storage and RAID management tool called Smart Response Technology. What's interesting about Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) is that it can designate a single SSD to cache frequently accessed I/O data in a sort of hybrid RAID 0 arrangement.