All you Intel SSD 320 Series drive owners can stop banging your head against the wall. For one, it's bad for your brain, not to mention it's rude if you live in an apartment with neighbors. But more importantly, or at least just as important, Intel is finished testing new firmware for its problematic 320 Series drives and has made it available for download. See that, you're feeling better already.
Here's a bit of news that should help alleviate reliability concerns when picking up a solid state drive. Intel this week bumped up the warranty period on its SSD 320 line from three years to five years. The extended warranty applies to all Intel SSD 320 SSDs, including those that have already been purchased. Does Intel know something about SSDs that everyone else doesn't?
Intel set a new benchmark for SSD performance when it launched its X25-M range of solid-state drives in 2008. While the chip maker promptly updated the range a year later, even those second-generation X25-M SSDs now look fairly dated when compared to more recent alternatives, of which there are plenty in an increasingly competitive market. Intel on Monday ended a two-year-long wait for its third generation of SSDs by announcing the new Intel SSD 320 series.