Intel 310 Series 80GB mSATA SSD Review - HotHardware

Intel 310 Series 80GB mSATA SSD Review

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Let's be clear that the 310 Series isn't something Intel is pitching to home users to buy and pop in their existing laptop or desktop rig, and because of the mSATA form factor (which we'll discuss in a moment), you probably couldn't do that anyway. OEMs are the real target audience, and Intel says these SSDs are ideally suited for "dual-drive notebooks, innovative single-drive tablets, and low-power, rugged embedded industrial or military applications."


Lenovo's Tom Butler, Director of ThinkPad Product Marketing, notes that the 310 Series can be used as the ThinkPad's sole storage device or in conjunction with a mechanical hard drive. According to Intel, when configured in a dual-drive system, the 310 SSD can up the performance ante by up to 60 percent.



Intel wasn't kidding when it said this thing was 1/8th the size of a traditional 2.5-inch SSD. It's nearly small and flat enough to swallow, which we don't recommend (circuit boards and memory chips tend to be really bad for your health), and is too tiny to use a standard SATA connector. Instead, the drive is built around the mSATA form factor. This is basically a mini PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector, except that it supports SATA signals. Before you think about ripping your notebook's Wi-Fi card out and jamming this into the mini PCIe slot, save yourself the trouble, because it probably won't work unless the manufacturer did a bit of tweaking so that it will process SATA signals.



So if Intel's 310 Series SSD doesn't use a standard SATA connector and won't be recognized by our notebooks, how can we go about evaluating it? Intel sent us a Transposer adapter card with the proper SATA connectors fused on specifically so we could test and benchmark the SSD. The Transposer card, which itself is the size of a 2.5-inch SSD (only thinner) shouldn't introduce much, if any, kind of a performance hit.

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Cool device. I like the way tech keeps advancing. If it was priced right I'd like a bunch of these.

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Wow these are small!! a friend has a 80gb zune, and this thing is like 1/50th the size if not smaller. Daym!

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Like the new commenting engine in the articles, gents? :)

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Dave, honest to god, i cant tell what the difference is... call me naive

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Look at the bottom of the article pages now, ice. :) You can comment there now.

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NVM.... and SWEEET!!!! I see it!, Ah, soo much easier!!

 

 

Edited: [solved] Okay, now i just sound dumb.... can you post a screen shot?

I thought i could always post my comments at the bottom of articles. Wait, can you post the url to the specific page for me to scroll down, i think i'm thinking of something else.

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coolice:

Okay, now i just sound dumb.... can you post a screen shot?

I thought i could always post my comments at the bottom of articles. Wait, can you post the url to the specific page for me to scroll down, i think i'm thinking of something else.

Smile

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Intel-310-Series-80GB-SSD-Review/

 

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Hmm.... speaking of comments I commented on this one earlier right after realneil. However; my comment is nowhere to be seen, which is very odd.

Either way I agree totally realneil, and everyone else who has or will comment on it. I think these are awesome, and made for a smart phone or a tablet/slate device. They would seemingly replace all other memory technologies in said device, and not only give it better performance (especially with a dual or more core processor in it), more space, but also I would imagine reduce heat and energy usage if it replaced all other memory (ROM, and maybe Ram to ) technologies which I imagine it could be massaged into doing.

SO how would you like a Droid, iPhone, WebOS, or WIndows 7 phone with one, not to mention a Google, Samsung, Motorola etc Tab.

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I would LOVE THAT + a nuclear reactor small enough to keep my device powered longer than 30 hours.

Also... Droid = motorola phones only i believe. You mean "Android", which is all android powered devices.

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Droid = the big V's Android phones. They are not specific to make.

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