Pros

  • Lower cost per gigabyte than most SSDs
  • Speedy performer

Cons

  • Nothing of note

At A Glance

Intel's solid-state drive has excellent performance, and a price that's no longer stratospheric.

Manufacturer’s Description

Intel High Performance Solid-State Drive is designed to deliver outstanding performance and reliability. With no moving parts, Intel SSD offer a quiet storage solution that responds quickly and uses less power. Compared to traditional hard disk drive, Intel SSD is significantly more responsive, much more reliable, have lower power consumption and are completely quiet.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number SSDSA2MH160G2R5
Storage
Drive size 160.0 GB
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces SATA-300
Serial ATA SATA-300

Performance

PC World Test Center
Interface tested SATA-300
Performance
Winzip Computing WinZip 10.0, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 162.0
Autodesk 3ds max 8.0 SP-3 DirectX, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 325.0
Internal Read - Ahead Nero Burning 250.0
Microsoft Office 2003 with SP-1, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 336.0
WorldBench 6 Score, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 138.0
Internal Read - ACDSee 492.0
Firefox 2, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 204.0
Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9.0, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 174.0
Test Version 2.0
Roxio VideoWave Movie Creator 1.5, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 167.0
Adobe Photoshop CS2, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 317.0
Internal Read - WinZip 305.0
Autodesk 3ds max 8.0 SP-3 Rendering, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 237.0
Internal Write - Files and Folders 56.8
Primary Volume - Windows File Search 95.52
Nero 7 Ultra Edition, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 209.0
Primary Volume - Virus Scan 28.63
Internal Write - Large File 46.42
Multitasking, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 222.0
Internal Performance, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
Copy Files & Folders Read, 3.68 GB 25.6   seconds
Copy Files & Folders Write, 3.68 GB 31.7   seconds
Copy Large File Read, 3.68 GB 18.1   seconds
Copy Large File Write, 3.68 GB 30.8   seconds
Install OpenOffice.org 3.1 16.5   seconds
Uninstall OpenOffice.org 3.1 12.5   seconds
Malware Scan 305.3   seconds
System Power, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
Copy Files & Folders Read, 3.68 GB 83.4   watts
Copy Files & Folders Write, 3.68 GB 81.8   watts
Copy Large File Read, 3.68 GB 83.1   watts
Copy Large File Write, 3.68 GB 80.1   watts
Install OpenOffice.org 3.1 89.8   watts
Uninstall OpenOffice.org 3.1 94.4   watts
Malware Scan 98.9   watts
System Idle State 73.3   watts
System Sleep State 73.2   watts
System Work State 94.4   watts