Pros: 5 year warranty and Best price/GB ratio!
Cons: Not the fastest SSD on the market.
It comes with a 3.5" to 2.5" bracket and basic accessories for installation, oh and a sticker too.
The external build looked and felt half decent (shiny at the top side, rough and stained at the bottom side)
I formatted my SSD by following the guide(s) gathered and compiled by Sean Webster on OCN.
So I've ran some tests with AIDA64 and here are the results:
Linear Read (Begin): 227.6MB/s
Linear Read (Middle): 244.3MB/s
Linear Read (End): 244.3MB/s
Random Read: 261.0MB/s
Buffered Read: 242.4MB/s
Average Read Access: 0.06 ms
It seems that repeating the set of tests afterward gave me lower overall speed scores... is this a sign for?
Consider comparing to my Seagate 1.5TB SATA2 HDD... this is a very nice speed boost.
The initial progress during installing Windows 7 seemed a little sluggish, but this could be caused by optical drive's activity or inactivity. Then it was a breeze after the 1st reboot.
If WEI score means anything to you... this drive scored a nice 7.4. The best score among the components in my system.
In any case, time will tell me more about this bargain SSD from Intel.
It's a "Crazy" bargain buy for me nevertheless!!!
Note: I have saved the results screens for each of the tests, but due to technical problems with the new OCN... no photos could be uploaded.
I've just ran another set of tests in AIDA64 and the scores are pretty much back to the ones shown above.
Guess it wasn't a sign of wearing out or hardware degradation.