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Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2MH160G2R5

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  • 2.5"
  • 160GB

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Why wait when you can get more accomplished with a solid state drive by Intel?

Say goodbye to long load times and cold system boots. This Intel SSD makes sure you get where you need to go fast. Since there are no moving parts, there's no need to wait for platters to spin and less worry that a mechanical piece will fail. Average sequential read speeds are 250MB/s and write speeds are 100MB/s. You won't have time to leave your desk next time you have to move over a large file. With 160GBs of space, you'll have plenty of room to store your important programs for the fastest performance you'll ever experience.

  • newegg SSD Storage Technology Acting without any moving parts, the Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2R5 solid state disk (SSD) boasts multiple advanced features including zero mechanical noise, faster data rates compared to conventional HDDs, over 1.2-million-hour life span, ultra-low power consumption and impressive shock, vibration and extreme temperature resistance. With these breakthrough capabilities, the SSD meets all the demanding requirements for high-performance data storage.
  • newegg 2.5" Form Factor The Intel 160GB solid state disk is specifically designed for notebook computers equipped with a 2.5" SATA II drive bay. In addition, it comes with a 3.5” adapter for matching with 3.5” drive bay to extend the storage of your desktop computer.
  • newegg SATA 3.0 Gb/s Interface The Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2R5 solid state disk features the next-generation SATA II interface supporting up to 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rates, Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and hot-pluggable point-to-point connections for optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg "The Best SSD" Award from DRAMeXchange The Intel X25-M Mainstream series SSD get "the Best SSD" Award Insignia from DRAMeXchange.

Learn more about the Intel SSDSA2MH160G2R5

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Jeremy D.
  • 10/14/2010 7:42:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat SSD

Pros: Very fast. This was my first SSD so going from a 7500 HDD to this was like going from a 4 cylinder to a V12. It is very quiet and I was extremely suprised at how small it was. Easy to install and to maintain.

Cons: Price vs. storage capacity. When purchased, I paid $499, price is more reasonable now.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this SSD. Intel has done a good job of providing firmware updates as well as software for maintaining the drive. The speed is increadible when comapred to standard HDD drives. I have not had a single problem with this SSD.

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  • Monte C.
  • 10/4/2010 7:40:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: Pretty decent size and price. The bigger the SSD the longer its life. In ACHI it gets 7.8 in WEI. Love the Intel SSD Toolbox software. Included 3.5 to 2.5 adapter.

Cons: Not the fastest Write speed, but not bad.

Other Thoughts: I probably should have waited to get an Intel SSD for when they update and get the G3 ones, but this drive is fast and has pretty good size. I have a 40 gig and 80 gig drive by Intel as well. The 80 gets 7.7 WEI in ACHI. I went from 2 x OCZ Vertex 120 drives in RAID 0 to this drive. The best they ever got in WEI was 7.5. They cannot be set in ACHI in RAID so not a totally fair comparison. I just like having only one HDD. Finally the days of needing RAID for fast load speeds is over. Hopefully Intel will have faster write speeds for G3 drives.

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  • Honore H.
  • 9/29/2010 5:23:23 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME

Pros: Fast.
Low power
Light weight
2.5" to 3.5" adapter included

Cons: 2.5" size is too small for my home PC. I had to buy the boxed version for the adapter. not really a con as much as an annoyance for me.

Other Thoughts: This replaced my 60GB OCZ Vertex. It was running out of room all the time, so instead of buying a second one and RAID 0 them, I decide to get this 160GB version.

I was suprized how much faster this drive is compared to the OCZ as the OCZ is rated higher. After reading about this I found the Intel drives have a faster 4k random read/write and windows mostly uses that. OCZ and others bench large sequential files which are rarely ever used.

after 7 months my drives are still running full speed with no errors yet. My system still boot up in 12-18 seconds depending when TRIM last ran. Shuts down in 4-10 seconds depending when TRIM was last run.

This thing is smoking fast! make sure you have AHCI enabled and RST drivers installed. If running a non-intel chipset, you may need some tweaking to get them to run fast, and may not get 100% speed.

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  • Ingmar K.
  • 9/4/2010 11:33:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after ~1 year

Pros: I initially had this drive in a Dell XPS desktop, but after purchasing a Lenovo T-Series laptop I moved it there. This was mostly because Lenovo didn't offer SSDs larger than 128Gb.

I didn't have any issues with the drive until I moved it in the Lenovo Thinkpad, and even there it was running well for a few months - until now.

Cons: After owning it for less than year, it's causing a heap of problems now.

It started a few days ago, when I would get strange errors in the System event log (running on x64 Win7), complaining about Disk I/O errors.

Naturally I assumed that this was some flaw in Windows, since I had never had any problems with the HD.

Now, some files on my disk are unreadable. However, they are not unreadable in the usual sense - Windows will just hang for about 10 minutes, before it tells me that the file cannot be read (all the while the HD light is permanently on).

I have since started doing a checkdisk, which has been sitting at the same file record for about 45 minutes.

Other Thoughts: This is my 4th SSD, and I have not had problems with SSDs before. I also have a 32Gb, a 64Gb and a 128Gb. They all run fine, and are older than the intel.

As such, I would stay away from intel SSDs. I will certainly not get an SSD from them again.

To be fair, my system is still booting and working, with the exception of some routine hangs every morning.

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  • Carlton H.
  • 8/28/2010 3:00:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMakes Win 7 very Snappy / Responsive

Pros: Good price point for those who want to enter the SSD market

Takes about 15 minutes for a clean install of Win7 professional 64 bit.

It changes the experience of using Win7 compared to your standard HD.

Once you've used a SSD, it will be hard to go back to your standard drive.
Your Win7 experience with a normal drive will be around 6 and with a SSD it will jump to around a 7.

It's a Intel drive which will hopefully mean it works for a long time into the future.

Good for people who want a responsive computer, but don't require alot of extra HD space

Cons: You might as well plan on purchasing a large data storage drive to go along with this system because with the Windows install / formatting, you are going to be around 115 GB after a fresh install.

Other Thoughts: Setup a RAID configuration to make copying of data files from / to SSD more speedy and decreas wait time.

If you have the extra cash, you won't regret the purchase.

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  • DAVID M.
  • 8/27/2010 12:04:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Great SSD

Pros: Very fast read and write times. Trouble free, simple installation. Silent with minimal heat production. Great boot drive.

Cons: Expensive for 160GB of storage.

Other Thoughts: This is a great SSD. It is working wonderfully as a boot drive for Windows 7 64. Although my drive came with the latest firmware, the Intel website walks you through how to update it (if necessary) and it isn't a difficult process. If you want a quick way to quiet your system down and reduce some heat within your box, get a SSD like this one. I will likely buy more of these drives.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/22/2010 4:42:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful

Pros: Crazy fast, I benchmarked it once and blew my friend's RAID Raptors out of the water. Takes longer to post than to boot windows, although I set my BIOS to run extended tests. Office 2010 doesn't even show the splash page, it just opens!

Cons: Slows down over time. It slows down like any other computer, yet it is still faster. Size is something I knew when I bought it. I have 10 games on the drive with space for more, but I'd rather not fill it yet. You can always install other games to another conventional hard drive.

Other Thoughts: Windows enabled TRIM by default so I didn't have to do anything. Read up online about optimization and what not. Intel gives you info on if you need to use the SSD Tool Box or just for updates. I've had the drive for ~4 months now, it is wonderful. If you note slow small write speeds, it is not the SSD's fault, windows must allocate and notate each file that is created. Get an SSD it does wonders for performance.

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  • Erol G.
  • 8/16/2010 1:15:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast

Pros: Probably the best affordable SSD. Extremely fast boot time. I can play any game while an anti virus program is actively running!! No Slowdowns on loading.

Cons: Price is still a little high, but thats not really intel's fault. New technology is expensive to manufacture and produce.

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  • William J.
  • 8/15/2010 12:19:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFast as a speeding bullet

Pros: That thing you call lag? Well its a thing of the past when you use an SSD. I am amazed at the difference between a spinning disk and solid state memory. I have been using computers for almost 20 years and have never seen such a significant performance increase. Spinning hard-drives are holding computer technology back. Solid State is the future. Everything is so speedy and snappy with no seek times. You can do many things at once with no lag. Your processor and ram can actually work to their full potential!

Cons: A note to hard core computer users. It seems SSD needs some improvement in terms of longevity. I have worked this drive harder than any normal person would over the past few months and it is still going strong BUT I already have 2 damaged sectors. I suspect these drives last 1-2 years under heavy duty use. Luckily Intel has a 3 year warranty.

Other Thoughts: Amazing speed, best upgrade you can do to any machine. If you are a heavy duty computer user keep in mind you might burn the thing out so keep that warranty handy.
I am very happy with my purchase and will never go back to a spinning platter disc again!

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/7/2010 3:50:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING!

Pros: Best purchase I have made in a while.

Installed windows 7 using a thumb drive and it installed in literally 10mins.

Staring up from a cold boot is like 10 seconds.

Best HDD i have owned.

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: Kind of expensive so you question it. once you install and use it, it is well worth it.

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