Don't count on the "free" software and website support to work
3 December 2010
Summary: I've had great results with Intel products in the past, and I know Intel's engineering is top-notch. That's why I bought this drive instead of one of the other brands. One of the selling features was Intel's free data migration software (to allow you to move your data from your current hard drive to...
Summary: I tested this with and without a loaded OS with the same results under three different benchmarks. Sequential Read: ca. 180-190 MB/s average 183. Sequential Write: ca. 80 MB/s or so. I can get near this performance from the new Kingston V+, with better write performance overall.
Summary: First of all I would like to mention that Amazon's shipping has gotten ridiculous. It took Amazon 3 days to get the product out the door (it was in stock when I ordered it) and then they chose to use the US Mail!
Summary: Intel hasn't bothered to release even a simple command-line utility to deal with the internal fragmentation problem SSDs have, which degrades their performance as they are used. The company could at least put a warning label on the box.
Summary: For a price of $450+ for this drive, one can buy a desktop from dell, such as a Studio Desktop. To the majority of people who does Internet, facebook and some office work at home, I do not think the performance is worth the price. I own this, installed on my Macbook Pro.
Pros: The drive is very fast on reads - about the same as the OCZ Vertex Turbo.
Cons: On a large SQL Server load to rebuild an in-memory object cache, it stutters very badly. It will be very fast and then periodically stutter with 20x slower reads. The stutter is bad enough to make the load process slower than a 15K RPM SAS drive. I can't recommend it for enterprise use. The OCZ d...
Summary: It's actually cheaper to get a good full path 64bit SAS/SATA RAID controller with 1GB cache and some 10K Raptors that will deliver more consistant performance and deliver higher sustained transfer rates around 400-600 MB/sec (more than enough for uncompressed HD footage).
Pros: 1. Fast 2. Quiet 3. Low Power consumption 4. Access times
Cons: 1. Price 2. Performance degrades a little over time but still pretty fast 3. VERY high CPU overhead/utilization