Intel extends SSD 320 warranty to 5 years

Inel has extended the warranty period of its SSD 320 solid state drives from three to five years.

Inel has extended the warranty period of its SSD 320 solid state drives from three to five years.

The SSD 320, which come in 80GB, 160GB and 300GB for the 1.8-inch variety and 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB an d600GB for the 2.5-inch variety, debuted in March of this year initially sporting a three year warranty, but Intel has now decided to extend this to five years.

Here's the small print:

If the Product is properly used and installed, it will be free from defects in material and workmanship, and will substantially conform to Intel's publicly available specifications for a period of five (5) years beginning on the date the Product was purchased in its original sealed packaging in the case of an Original Purchaser or the date of original purchase of a computer system containing the Product in the case of an Original System Customer.

The specs that the drive needs to conform to are:

Bandwidth Performance (Iometer* Queue Depth 32)

  • Sustained sequential read: Up to 270 MB/s
  • Sustained sequential write: Up to 220 MB/s

Read and Write IOPS (Iometer Queue Depth 32)

  • Random 4 KB reads: Up to 39,500 IOPS
  • Random 4 KB writes: Up to 23,000 IOPS

Latency (average sequential)

  • Read: 75 µs (TYP)
  • Write: 90 µs (TYP)

The drives have a MTBF rating of 1,200,000 hours.

If the drive fails to conform during the warranty period Intel will, at its option, repair, replace or refund.