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Intel 80 GB 530 Series SATA M.2 0.85-Inch Solid State Drive (Drive only) SSDSCKGW080A401 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Intel 80 GB 530 Series SATA M.2 0.85-Inch Solid State Drive (Drive only) SSDSCKGW080A401
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 642 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 2.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Boot4.8   above average
Quality4.8   average
Price4.7   average
Reliable4.7   above average
Reliability4.5   average
Packaging4.4   average
Speed4.3   average
Cable4.1   average
Installation4.0   below average
Warranty4.0   average
Case2.9   below average
Read2.7   below average
Windows2.7   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"Over the course of about a year with the Intel 520, my laptop would occasionally fail to boot with a No bootable media found error when I powered it on."
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"Really fast boot times, love the read and write speeds, but i couldve bought a better one for cheaper"
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"Boot times good."
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"This also works well, and makes the VM pretty quick to boot and run."
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"Using newer tools (such as GParted from a boot CD or USB drive), you can easily create a 4K-aligned partition (start at sector 2048 1 MB) and then use the drive with really old operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows 2000, and even Windows NT 4.0."
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"Excellent speed for boot drive."
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Cable

Cable:
"That is why my 2 purchased have only desktop cables for mounting, missing the cable for Laptop install."
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"To make matters worse, it is impossible to find, on intel's web site, a list of compatible cables (not all will work!"
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"Comes with the 9.5mm spacer and all needed cables etc as well."
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"There are good drives out there for a lower price, but if you must buy the cables, hardware and software I HIGHLY recommend this drive."
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"Because space limitation issue and cables mix-up, I gave it 4 stars, but otherwise it's a great drive."
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"It contains a pad that is of the size of the SSD (for laptop; I don't why it needs that), a SATA cable (not sure if it is SATA 3 but it is black), power cable that links from your PSU (if it is compatible with your PSU socket), 3.5-inch HDD bracket and several screws."
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Case

Case:
"This ensures wear-leveling always works well and you have tons of spare sectors in case of any failing over the long term."
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"They also have a great 5 Year warranty in case anything were to go wrong."
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"The package also comes with a spacer (to be used when installing in laptops), a 90 degree SATA cable, and mounting screws (but I don't remember a bracket...could be wrong though because my case had mounts)."
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"nothing to complain except the finish of the metal case.. lots lots of scratches...."
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"I'd read online that in some cases this hard drive had problems handling reboots in Macbooks, but it has not been my experience, I'm delighted with the performance and the peace of mind coming from using an Intel SSD, since I've had a few problems using NAND memory from other vendors like Samsung (in that case, it was in a smartphone).Do keep in mind that while Intel does offer free tools to migrate your data, they're only for Windows PCs, and Intel's page will suggest you download Carbon Copy for Macs(as of this writing anyway)."
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"Cloning and installation went very smoothly this time (using my Orico case and supplied cable)."
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"Nice little feature - they come with all sorts of off the wall mounting brackets sizes which in my case worked out very well."
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"This ensures wear-leveling always works well and you have tons of spare sectors in case of any failing over the long term."
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"Considerably slower than other similar priced drives i have used and most in depth professional reviews show this to be the case as well ."
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"Cheaper SSDs from other companies probably will do just as good of a job, but i tend to pay for name in some cases."
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Installation

Installation:
"A few hiccups in the installation but works great."
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"Installation could not have been easier, from the time I opened the cover to booting up after finishing was only 30 minutes."
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"Have some trouble with installation inside, but then i have 0 problem with my hard disk."
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"I hooked the new disk into my pc and removed the older SSD, windows installation and BIOS recognized it no problem, installed the OS on it."
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"This SSD gave me some problems when installing."
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"I heard a lot of great things about this SSD, but was disappointed after installing it."
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"Cloning and installation went very smoothly this time (using my Orico case and supplied cable)."
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"(Windows 7) I have a Samsung one as well but that gave me trouble installing and although a bit faster not really worth the hassle."
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"The Intel app went very smoothly, and no problemswith the installation."
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"A few hiccups in the installation but works great."
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"From installing the cloning software and installation of the SSD was extremely easy."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Only recommendation would be to package better as the product could have easily been damaged during shipping with only one layer of bubble wrap."
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"Ordered a frustration free packaging, so this item came in a box with its enclosure and some screws."
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"All the promotional material hypes about how easy migration is but the package lacks this very simple piece of equipment that would make all laptop owner's life a lot easier."
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"Only recommendation would be to package better as the product could have easily been damaged during shipping with only one layer of bubble wrap."
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"The product came in a nice small but well packaged box."
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"Arrived early and well packaged."
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"Packaging is great too stuff comes undamaged."
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Price

Price:
"This Intel530 SSD is not the best out there for the price."
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"I have seen others complain about the price or the drive not being the fastest 240GB on the market."
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"Bought it at the introductory price back in December and had no absolute regrets."
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"Great price."
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"Fairly cheap and very good SSD."
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"Great price, exactly what I was looking for, and speedy delivery, who could ask for more! "
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"Good price"
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"Great drive at a great price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Horrible cosmetic quality."
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"Good Quality SSD from Intel."
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"I suggest Intel SSD drives because they worked well for me, the quality and I trust them."
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"Awesome, excellent quality at an excellent price."
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"This has got to be the best deal on a top quality drive."
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"Excellent drive with good price and quality!"
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Read

Read:
"While the price and read write speed might not be as fantastic as compared to some other brands out there, the amazon+intel+acronis=reliabilty combo is too hard to be missed."
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"Read Write speed are not the best considering how fast Samsung SSDs are but you wont see a difference until you are benchmarking."
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"Disclosure: I only tested these read write times at 100mb because I was worried putting longterm stress on the drive would crash it again...and it did, after 2 reads and 1 write."
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"I choose Intel SSD due to a study I read of low failure rates.... so far so good."
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"I'd read online that in some cases this hard drive had problems handling reboots in Macbooks, but it has not been my experience, I'm delighted with the performance and the peace of mind coming from using an Intel SSD, since I've had a few problems using NAND memory from other vendors like Samsung (in that case, it was in a smartphone).Do keep in mind that while Intel does offer free tools to migrate your data, they're only for Windows PCs, and Intel's page will suggest you download Carbon Copy for Macs(as of this writing anyway)."
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"Really fast boot times, love the read and write speeds, but i couldve bought a better one for cheaper"
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"It's amazing sometimes that consumers do not read the basic operating print and look for name brand only."
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"I upgraded them with this Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD and they now boot within 10-15 seconds, plus I do a far amount of Photoshop stuff and the reads writes are very fast as well."
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"I choose Intel SSD due to a study I read of low failure rates.... so far so good."
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"So far no problems after 1 week of use.. Do read other reviews regarding issues such as warm boot up,etc before buying or installing.. Other than that, this ssd is great for changing hard-drive to ssd."
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Reliability

Reliability:
"So overall excellent drive with fast performance and reliability - but with not so nice upgrade experience (on the Sony laptop)"
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"Simple- reliability at its best."
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"SandForce chipset, amazing compatibility, famous Intel stability and reliability."
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"This drive was built for reliability, which it amazingly is."
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"SSD's finally pack a decent GB $ punch now and Intel has always been known for having the best reliability."
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"But if you want the absolute best in quality, reliability and support, get the Intel."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"sys, indexing, and bunch of other tasks that increases wear and tear on theSSD, So far, it's been around 2 months, and the SSD has been reliable and very quick....no glitches,hiccups, or errors."
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"Love these drives, zippy and reliable."
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"Amazingly fast and as always with intel super reliable."
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"One of the most reliable with a great warranty"
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"Worked great, super reliable ."
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"Recommended as a reliable drive on www."
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Speed

Speed:
"I used to not be able to load fast enough to get the good vehicles in Battlefield 4."
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"While the price and read write speed might not be as fantastic as compared to some other brands out there, the amazon+intel+acronis=reliabilty combo is too hard to be missed."
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"We have several users who were complaining about the performance of their Adobe Creative Suite software, and these drives made a dramatic difference."
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"Intel may not have the best benchmark but it is reasonable priced for its feature and speed."
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"Read Write speed are not the best considering how fast Samsung SSDs are but you wont see a difference until you are benchmarking."
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"Although the containing box is pretty old, the SSD works well, experiencing high speed for 125 bulks"
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"Really fast boot times, love the read and write speeds, but i couldve bought a better one for cheaper"
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"Screamin fast, runs great."
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"AMAZING SPEED."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Intel stood behind their product and warranty when my drive failed."
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"It's fairly large capacity and it's warranty is ridiculous (5 years?"
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"And with 5 year warranty how can you go wrong?"
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"They also have a great 5 Year warranty in case anything were to go wrong."
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"The drive kit comes with cable and 3.5 adapter for a desktop and will save you a few bucks, so I just hope the warranty is never needed, but I've yet to have a SSD problem."
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"Even now, recent reviews on the Samsung 840 Pro show that there are plenty of conflicting reports on whether the 840 Pro has a 3-year or a 5-year warranty -- Caveat Emptor (let the buyer beware), especially on the Samsung 840 (non-Pro) drive."
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"One of the most reliable with a great warranty"
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"It is hardly the fastest SSD out there, but it sure has very good speed and excellent warranty coverage."
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"Love the resller kit, feels premium and the warranty is my first reason choosing it despite of moderate performance"
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"They also have a great 5 Year warranty in case anything were to go wrong."
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"Great reliable SSD with great warranty and it is fast, put it into my 17 macbook pro to keep it going since apple doesn't make them anymore."
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Windows

Windows:
"I used this to fix my wife's broken 7200rpm hard drive in her HP Pavilion DV5T-2XXX (Windows 7) and it could not have been easier."
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"So few people use Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0 that there just aren't a lot of easy tools for this to make them work better with a modern SSD."
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"Biggest problem was not the SSD, but setting pointers in windows so that data would go to old hard Drive for data storage."
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"I simply love it, Windows 7 index is 7.9 (max), no delays, perfect benchmark results, everything we expect to find in Intel products is present here."
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"The problem with that set up is that Windows 7 takes up a HUGE amount of space, causing me to dig around and free up space way more often than I liked."
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"(Windows 7) I have a Samsung one as well but that gave me trouble installing and although a bit faster not really worth the hassle."
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"I have purchased 20 Intel 530 and 730 series drives and had ZERO failures or problems when used to upgrade and clean install Windows 8.1 onto PC's and Laptops."
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"With my own build, Intel i5 processor, 16 gig of gskill ddr3, decent video card, and Windows 8.1 it boots in less than one minute, Photoshop runs really fast."
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"I upgraded to this for my desktop C drive, good size for the windows 8.1 main drive."
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"It is amazingly fast on loading Windows 7."
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