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Item#: N82E16820167015

Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH160G1 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

  • 2.5"
  • 160GB
  • SATA II
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Learn more about the Intel SSDSA2MH160G1

General

Brand
Intel
Series
X25-M
Model
SSDSA2MH160G1
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For
Consumer

Physical

Form Factor
2.5"
Capacity
160GB
Memory Components
MLC
Interface
SATA II

Performance

Sustained Sequential Read
Up to 250MBps
Sustained Sequential Write
Up to 70MBps
MTBF
1,200,000 hours

Features

Features
Intel Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory
10 Channel Parallel Architecture with 50nm MLC ONFI 1.0 NAND

Environmental

Power Consumption (Idle)
60mW Typical
Power Consumption (Active)
150mW Typical
Max Shock Resistance
1000G

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Kathleen A.
  • 2/16/2010 6:39:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast and quiet

Pros: Very fast. No problems. I've had mine for five months, with no issues whatsoever.

Cons: A bit pricey compared to traditional drives, but I consider it well worth it.

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  • Rajesh N.
  • 11/9/2009 8:01:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDrive Failed, "Weeks" to Replace

Pros: I really loved this drive for the first three months -- it's fast and quiet, and my MacBook Pro ran cooler (and longer). It was definitely worth the (higher) price.

Cons: But the drive bricked unexpectedly almost 3 months into it -- it didn't even appear in Disk Utility to be reformatted. Intel offers a cross-return option -- whereby they send out a new drive -- for a $25 fee (in addition to charging a credit card). But what's worse, they don't have replacement SSDs in stock, and it's going to take at least a week (if not two or more) to get a replacement. It's disappointing that Intel can't back up a high-end drive with better service than this.

Other Thoughts: I still love the drive, but think long and hard about using it for mission-critical data. Backup early and often, and save your old hard drive in case you need a spare.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/5/2009 5:52:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsamazing speed and reliable

Pros: Very impressive speed. Makes a big difference when used as a system drive, 100% reliable so far. My machine boots significantly faster, but what is even more impressive is how quick any program launches compared to a normal HD. On average I'd say programs load in about 5-10 times faster. It used very little power is absolutely silent.

Cons: In 3 months I haven't found any cons

Other Thoughts: There are cheaper SSDs out there, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for. These Intel drives are way ahead of the competition and if you want that advantage you'll have to pay a premium.

The size is well enough to run Windows Vista 64 or Windows 7 and leaves enough room for data. You get the most out of this drive's performance if you use it as a system drive, not as a second data drive.

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  • James B.
  • 10/9/2009 9:19:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic!

Pros: Very fast! Lower power consumption... Almost instant launch of most apps, including IE, MSOffice, QuickBooks and many others...

Cons: I share everyone else's feelings...it will be great when the price comes down... Intel still doesn't have the higher write speeds in their larger drives as offered by Crucial and others...

Other Thoughts: Improved boot time on a Dell Latitude D830 from 6 minutes to 1 minute 30 seconds... Hope to get under 1 minute, but have a lot of apps on this particular machine...and am running Vista Ultimate (32-bit). Getting ready to move from 4gb to 8gb of RAM and upgrading to Windows 7 64-bit... Can't wait to see how it performs then...

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/24/2009 6:21:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast awesome, beautiful

Pros: Very fast, no slow downs, perfect.

Cons: None, price came down quite a bit

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  • Robert M.
  • 9/1/2009 5:18:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot DOA

Pros: Pretty darn fast.

Cons: I installed it in my X61 Thinkpad tablet and installed Windows 7 x64 RTM with drivers. Everything was going along quite peachy when I right-clicked on a network adapter to made some changes to TCP/IP and it locked up. Then the screen went wonky and I lost Aero. Upon reboot, the system was not bootable. When I went to reinstall Win7, it wasn't able to delete or format the partitions. Attaching the drive to another PC to look at and it wasn't recognized.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully the replacement drive doesn't die. :(

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/28/2009 11:45:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust Wow

Pros: I bought two of these for my new 17 inch Macbook pro, took out the super drive and put these in a raid 0 using disk utility. My computer is blazing fast now. Boots in 17 seconds, itunes opens in under a second, Shake 4 and photoshop load in a flash. before i installed the solid state drives the system scored 160 in xbench, after it scores 260 in xbench. It is unbelievable how well they work. I was originally concerned about battery life, however i still get 6:30 hours if im surfing the internet and typing which is incredible. This is by far my most expensive single purchase on a computer component however it is my best.

Cons: Its really expensive, i mean if i took 6 100 dollar bills and folded them, the folded money would be bigger than the drive. That defiantly makes me cringe. However if your looking at this drive, like me you have the money to buy it, dont settle for something that claims to beat these drives, read the reviews of the competition, they all say "almost a match for intel", why settle for almost when you can have the real thing.

Other Thoughts: If you want unparalleled speed in osx, with no stuttering, slowdowns, or anything, buy one of these, if your like me and want to go overboard buy two of these and raid them in a raid 0, you will never be able to use a conventional HD again.

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  • Miko T.
  • 6/26/2009 8:36:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing.. simply.. Amazing

Pros: I have 2 of these in RAID0. Im getting 500mb/s reads constantly with no degradation so far. one of the best things ive bought.

Cons: Price... i took away an egg just cuz of the price.. its just way too pricey for most people!

another thing is i wouldnt suggest this for people without good knowledge and willingness to research. If you want to keepthis drive alive you gotta reduce the amount of writes to it to a minimal!

Other Thoughts: Gotta do alot of tweaks... but first..
use HDDerase 3.1 to clear the drives (i used a bootable USB thumb drive to run hdderase in dos), flash the new firmware from intel.

once done with that head to the oczforums to find the SSD tweaks. i wouldnts suggest disabling pagefile though what you can do is set up another HDD as the pagefile drive =P

If youve got the dough to spare.. this is a great piece of hardware that every gamer, programmer, average user.. heck... anyoen MUST HAVE!

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  • Conrad S.
  • 5/7/2009 7:48:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsUpdated Review --Amazing

Pros: I wrote the earlier review about how I purchased a MacBook Pro with SSD and how this mad me want to upgrade my Mac Pro with this drive. After another month of use I'm still stunned by the performance. I am still waiting for the drives to drop in price so I can RAID 0 my boot and applications files and double my applications loading performance.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I discovered why PDF's were opening so slowly, when everything else was so fast. It was a plugin for Adobe on my browser. I deleted it in my Library folder and now PDF's load as fast as everything else.

Using one of these Intel MLC SSD's makes the most sense for boot and applications files. I put all my user files on a separate RAID 0 array that reads as fast as it writes. This will eliminate any future fragmentation issues.

Finally, I have 127 out of 149 GB of space in use. Unlike a hard drive that gets slower when you fill it up, with the Intel SSD it is fast all the time everything. I love it.

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  • Robert I.
  • 4/30/2009 10:36:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad Experience with Macbook Pro and Bootcamp

Pros: Nice speed improvements under OSX. Not as astonished as I had hoped I would be though.

Cons: Very, very slow performance with boot camp and Windows Vista. Took 5-7 minutes to boot! Spoke with Intel and they told me to reflash the firmware, but the firmware utility claimed I was up to date and there is no obvious way to force a new firmware flash. After an aggravating day, I've thrown in the towel and gone back to the 7200RPM that shipped with my machine originally. Feels nice to be stable again.

Other Thoughts: Newegg will not give any kind of refund for this item. Make sure you know that before purchasing. I'm going to try a replacement and see if I have better luck. Will updae the review if it succeeeds.

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