IBM 600GB Intel SSD 320 Series 3GB/s for IBM System x 43W7759
The IBM 600GB Intel SSD 320 is the much anticipated follow-up to the Intel X25-M, easily the most popular consumer SSD to date. The SSD 320 (commonly referred to as the X25-M 3rd Generation) is a mainstream SSD, letting the big brother SSD 510 go after the enthusiast space. Mainstream doesn’t mean boring though, the SSD 320 posts quoted sequential read speeds of 270MB/s and writes of 220MB/s, which is still quite respectable. And while the SSD 320 is more of an evolution of the X25-M, there’s still a lot that’s new, like Intel 25nm NAND and capacities up to 600GB, a first for consumer SSDs.
The capacity is a pretty big deal for many. The 2.5″ form factor (7mm drive height with 2.5mm shim) of the Intel SSD 320 comes in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB and 600GB capacities, essentially a flavor for everyone from boot drives through massive (by SSD standards) system drives. Intel is also offering the SSD 320 in a 1.8″ form factor for smaller notebooks, tablets and the like. These will be available in 80GB, 160GB and 300GB capacities. All of the capacities feature Intel’s own 25nm NAND, which has a long history of Tier 1 performance and reliability.
The NAND issue is important. It gives Intel total control of the components, from controller to flash, on top of which Intel layers their own firmware. Intel has also added a new twist on the board, including power loss protection. Rarely seen in a consumer SSD, Intel uses an array of capacitors to make sure data gets saved to the drive in the event of an unsafe shutdown as the result of power loss.
Of course the Intel SSD 320 is also compatible with Intel’s excellent SSD Toolbox, which offers several easy to use tools for consumers including drive optimization, secure erase, drive health reporting and more. Intel also offers a free migration tool to help transition from an old system drive to a new Intel SSD.
Intel’s certainly put a lot of effort into making the SSD 320 a nice improvement over the X25-M. The feature set certainly will appeal to consumers, but the SSD 320 should find its way into several enterprise deployments as well, with corporate-friendly features like power loss protection and AES 128-bit encryption. At the end of the day though, the SSD 320 still has to perform. Let’s dive in to see how it stacks up against the venerable X25-M and the latest set of next generation SSDs.
IBM 600GB Intel SSD 320 600GB Specs
- Form Factors: 2.5-inch
- Capacity — 600 GB (2.5-inch)
- Intel 25nm NAND MLC Flash Memory
- SATA 3Gb/s interface
- Sustained sequential read: Up to 270 MB/s
- Sustained sequential write: Up to 220 MB/s
- AES 128-bit Encryption
- Intel SSD Toolbox
- OS-aware hot plug/removal
- Enhanced power-loss data protection
- Power – Active – Up to 4W (TYP), Idle: 700 mW (non-DIPM)
- Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER): 1 sector per 1016 bits read
- Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF): 1,200,000 hours
- Lifetime Endurance – Up to 60 TBW
- Weight: 2.5-inch 7mm: up to 82 grams
Part numbers: 43W7759, 42C0548, SSDSA2BW600G3I