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Intel Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive offers extreme performance, reliability, and power savings for servers, storage and workstations. High random read and write performance includes 35,000 IOPS (4KB random read) and 3,300 IOPS (4KB random write), which combines with an active power of 2.4W to deliver the highest IOPS per watt. And with up to 250 MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 170 MB/s sequential write speeds, the Intel X25-E Extreme SSDs will benefit those intense computing workloads.
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Pros: As someone previously complained of, the lack of TRIM on this drive will likely be negligible to the longevity of the drive. Because this drive is SLC flash memory, and that's where you're paying the premium, the voltage tolerance within the memory is much higher, meaning it takes many, many more erase cycles to degrade the memory as compared to MLC. I don't know the hard information, but I'd be willing to bet that even without trim, the drive will last significantly longer than an MLC drive, insofar as the memory lifespan itself is concerned.
Cons: Would like to see the industry shift focus to SLC drives, I don't want a high performance obscenely expensive SSD if the memory will wear out in a couple years of heavy use max. Stop all this MLC bull, I'd happily pay the extra premium if it means my drive will in all probability last 25+ years.
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Pros: SLC rather than MLC. Still a 7.7 user experience in Windows.
Cons: Does NOT support TRIM (which means it will degrade over time). Not that you can find that info easily on Intel.com. Also, only SATA II (3gb) not the new SATAIII (6 Gb). No cable or instructions or anything in the box. NOT RETURNABLE.
Other Thoughts: If you need to flash the firmware do so first, because it erases the drive (from what I read; but mine came with firmware actually newer than what was available on the Intel support website). Since I have an AMD board, the Intel tools do not work. And Intel's site's "determine what drivers I need" crashes my PC. Have to use AHCI in BIOS for the drive, so could not also use RAID on my board too. RAID also an issue for the card.
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Fast and efficient
Pros: -SLC technology with very fast read and write times
Other Thoughts: i own 4 SSD units, 1 is intel, 2 are OCZ and the last is a SaberTooth. 3 out of 4 are SLC type memory which i find to be quite superior to MLC if very fast read/write are neccesary.
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Great drive in MBP
Pros: Start up, shut down, sleep, and wake times are negligible.
Cons: It's small! 64GB is simply not enough for everything. No worries, though. I replaced my SuperDrive with a 750GB data drive.
Other Thoughts: xBench:
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“-SLC technology with very fast read and write times— A1Pharmer 2/1/2011
-low power consumption
-rugged, good for on-the-go computing”
“Start up, shut down, sleep, and wake times are negligible.— Jah 1/26/2011
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