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Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • 2.5"
  • 120GB
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The high-performance storage for notebook and desktop PCs, Intel X25-M, is now made on 34nm NAND flash memory featuring the Intel Solid State Drive (Intel SSD) Toolbox. With sustained sequential read speed up to 250MB/s and write speed up to 100MB/s (120GB and 160GB drive), the Intel X25-M mainstream SSDs are designed to satisfy the most demanding gamers, media creators, and technology enthusiasts. These drives bring a high level of performance and reliability to notebook and desktop PC storage, at a fraction of the cost of the previous generation of Intel SSD products.

  • newegg SSD Storage Technology Unlike traditional hard disk drives, Intel SSDs have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, highly rugged storage solution that also offers faster system responsiveness. And for laptop PCs, the lower power needs of Intel SSDs translate to longer battery life and lighter notebooks. Higher performance with more durability means you can be truly mobile with confidence.
  • newegg Better Performance & Reliability Based on industry-leading compute-quality 34nm NAND flash memory manufacturing processes, Intel X25-M mainstream SSDs feature native SATA II interface with an advanced architecture employing 10 parallel NAND flash channels equipped with multi-level cell NAND flash memory to deliver outstanding performance. With powerful Native Command Queuing to enable up to 32 concurrent operations, Intel X25-M SSDs deliver higher input/output per second (up to 3,5000 IOPS for Random 4KB Reads) and throughput performance than other SSDs on the market today. These drives also feature low write amplification and a unique wear-leveling design for higher reliability, meaning Intel drives not only perform better – they last longer.
  • newegg Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer The Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer provides a set of applications to easily manage the health and optimize the performance of your Intel SSD. The Intel SSD Toolbox includes a powerful set of management, information, and diagnostic tools, and is designed to work best with 34nm Intel SSDs. The Intel SSD Optimizer utilizes the new ATA Data Set Management Command (Trim Attribute) to help maintain your SSDs performance at "fresh-out-of-the-box" levels, and is specifically designed to run with Microsoft Windows 7. The Intel SSD Optimizer also works with Microsoft Windows Vista and XP operating systems as well.
  • newegg 2.5" Form Factor The Intel X25-M is specifically designed for notebook computers coming in a 2.5-inch hard drive form factor. In addition, the installation kit includes a 3.5” adapter for matching with 3.5” drive bay to extend the storage of your desktop computer.

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Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For


Form Factor
Memory Components


Sustained Sequential Read
Up to 250MBps
Sustained Sequential Write
Up to 100MBps
1,200,000 hours


TRIM Support on Microsoft Windows 7 (for Trim support on Windows Vista and XP, utilize the Free Intel SSD Toolbox Software)

2.5" form factor – Drop-in compatible with standard Hard Disk Drives (HDD)

Operating temperature: 0°C to 70°C

No moving parts, 1500G shock resistance

RAID support

Award winning SSD based on 34nm NAND memory

Compatible with both PC and Apple, and all operating systems

Includes 2.5" to 3.5" bracket and cables in boxes with desktop migration kit


Power Consumption (Idle)
75 mW Typical
Power Consumption (Active)
150 mW Typical
Max Shock Resistance
1500G / 0.5 msec
Max Vibration Resistance
Operating: 2.17G (5-700 Hz)
Non-operating: 3.13G (5-800 Hz)

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited
3 years limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Robert D.
  • 3/28/2011 2:24:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Fast

Pros: Excellent upgrade. I replaced the hard drive in my 2010 MacBook Pro core i7
with this intell ssd hard drive. Works great. Very fast start up and shut down times. Also applications open much faster. I was able to get trim support in OSX 10.6.7 using a trick listed at "accelerate your mac" website and

Cons: Small size

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  • Jason T.
  • 3/3/2011 5:55:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2011 MacBook Pro 13" Will Need Firmware Update Before Bootcamp!

Pros: Fast drive. Reduces temps. Intel reliability!

Cons: Not as fast as the new 510 series.

This drive requires a firmware update in order to work on the new i5 or i7 13" MacBook Pro. The only way to update the firmware is by hooking this up to another machine and booting to the Intel firmware CD - Google "intel ssd firmware download" and you should find the page.

Again - BootCamp WILL NOT work unless you flash the firmware.

I downloaded the latest Intel firmware, burned to ISO and then had to take out the SSD from the MBP and install in my desktop and then flash the drive. Once I did that - I started the bootcamp assistant again and all worked! No more white screen with flashing question mark folder...

So the firmware updated from 2CV102HD to 2CV102M3 - all is fine now! Hope this helps someone.

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  • Ben D.
  • 2/18/2011 9:00:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust... wow.

Pros: Bought to replace the stock HDD in my early 2010 MacBook as the stock HDD is well, slow as all get out. The dramatic performance boost I frankly wasn't prepared for on a desktop machine. Right now I have the following open, and new applications still open in 2-3 seconds: Chrome, Firefox, Adium, Word, Pages, Excel, Number, Powerpoint, Keynote, iTunes, Aperture, Garage Band, TextMate, RDP, Kod, Terminal, iPhoto, Photoshop CS5 and iWeb. Basically I opened everything just to see what would happen.

Cons: Don't say price, you pay for what you get. And here it's worth every penny.

Other Thoughts: Frankly I'm floored. It's been a long time since a system has "felt" this fast.

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  • Phil K.
  • 1/25/2011 5:49:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCurrenly the SSD of choice

Pros: Low price per GB, good performance and compatibility. I've bought two so far. They've worked fine as the boot/system drives in a 2007 Mac Pro, a Xeon running Debian Linux, and a pre-unibody Intel Macbook Pro.

Cons: Few or none compared to other SSDs. The included 3.5" adapter bracket doesn't position the SATA connectors where they'd be on a regular 3.5" SATA drive so I was unable to mount this in a Mac Pro hard drive bay. I had to partly disassemble my machine to mount the SSD in a spare optical drive bay. Power was available from the optical drive and I found a spare SATA data connector on the mainboard. I had to temporarily remove the CPU fan assembly to snake the data cable out of the way.

SSDs are very pricey compared to rotating storage, but worth it for the speed!

Other Thoughts: My only other SSD experience is with a OCZ Revo, a PCI-e expansion card that's in a separate category. I bought two of these drives because of reviews that showed Intel SSDs handling write amplification much better than other makes of SSDs. This particular drive has the lowest cost per GB of the Intel drives and (surprisingly) among all SSDs, so they're my current SSD of choice.

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  • Berwyck P.
  • 1/22/2011 3:29:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid performer

Pros: Has been working very well in my MacBook Pro 13", quite a relief after having sleep issues with a Sandforce based drive!

Cons: Slower write times than some of the Sandforce based drives, but that isn't much of an issue for me.

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  • Shiv N.
  • 12/24/2010 2:51:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIntel SSD drive is a "solid" performer

Pros: Fast. Quiet. Vibration-less (duh). Doesn't get as hot as the mechanical drive it replaced.

Cons: A bit pricey but got a good deal at Newegg with Intel rebate and Newegg gift card. Inititally, it doesn't seem much faster than a regular hard drive - especially if you are using an older laptop with a SATA I (1.5G rather than 3G) interface. With a SATA I interface, booting is faster, but not hugely different. However, any operations that access the drive, such as downloads etc. occur much more quickly.

Other Thoughts: There are a lot of SSD drives out on the market so why get this one? First, Intel knows a lot about Macs and PCs and their operating systems. Even though the spec sheet doesn't look impressive, Intel optimized their SSD drives for operations that operating systems perform all the time rather than to score huge points on some meaningless benchmark. The end result is a very fast drive. Intel also provides free software utilities on their website to help maintain the drive the speed of the drive.

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  • Phil K.
  • 12/6/2010 1:48:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good

Pros: Fast, quiet

Cons: The supplied 3.5/2.5" bracket does not align the SATA connectors with those on a 3.5" drive. This keeps the SSD from being installed in a Mac Pro 3.5" hard drive bay. I had to mount it in the second optical drive bay with a single screw. Power was readily available from the optical drive, but threading the data cable to a spare SATA connector on the system board was pretty tedious.

As far as I can tell, there's still no TRIM support in Mac OSX.

Other Thoughts: The SSD is my boot and applications drive; personal files remain on much larger 3.5" regular hard drives. Now that it looks like SSDs and regular drives will both be around for some time, it would be very nice if file systems could use SSDs to cache the most frequently used data on the regular drives.

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  • Karsten A.
  • 11/20/2010 6:00:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Very fast, I had a 80gig and it was nice and quick. Cost is pretty good. Good size, 80 felt a little small

Cons: Still a bit expensive

Other Thoughts: I got it to use in a 2009 mac pro, since it has garbage collection. i was leery of sandforce and i like intel's reliability

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