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Intel X25-M 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2MH160G2K5

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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Gary J.
  • 7/14/2012 4:31:10 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliability is key

Pros: Does as advertised.
SSD Toolbox

Keeps chugging along, never a hiccup, which can't be said for my Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe or Samsung 830 drives.

Cons: Price (in 2010)

Other Thoughts: I should follow the advice of my own review and make sure I only buy Intel SSD's in the future.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 7/20/2011 4:51:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFast Drive

Pros: There is a reason these are expensive. You actually notice a difference in PC performance. My computer boots extremely fast and loads programs before most even finish turning on. There are various sites posting benchmarks to prove this. My lowest WEI score is now my CPU which is a i7-870... lol.

Cons: I still never received my rebate. Purchased back on 3/27/11. All the paperwork was right, as I checked the tracking info, but it never showed up in the mail. I have also emailed them and never received a response back. I usually do not have issues getting rebates... minus 1 egg.

Other Thoughts: Newegg gets 5 eggs for good customer service.
Shipping gets 5 eggs for early delivery/no damage.
Intel gets 5 eggs for an excellent product.
Intel/Rebate center 0 for not responding.

Moved "My Documents" to a standard hard drive after install. Search around the internet for tweaking tips and download Intel's SSD toolbox software.

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  • BRIAN G.
  • 5/24/2011 6:05:42 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWindows 7 & Ubuntu 10.10

Pros: Bought the 160GB version of this drive for an HP Pavilion dv5, after having installed the 40GB version in a Lenovo S10.

The system dual booted Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7 and was on a 500GB drive. I shrunk the Windows partition to ~ 100GB and the Ubuntu partition to ~ 40GB. I then updated the drive firmware and ran the the migration software (downloaded from Intel) and it set up the partitions to 110GB for Windows and 39GB for Ubuntu. Installed the SSD in to the HP Pavilion dv5 I use for on the road and it booted both systems without any problem. Ran the SSD Toolkit in Windows and accepted the default optimizations. Added noatime discard and writeback=ordered to etc/fstab and noop using sysfsutils. Not using a swapfile and have the /tmp directory in RAM. Parted reports the drive as being opt & min aligned. Was only able to check the read speed, but it was as advertised.

Cons: The rating is only 4 eggs due to price and the migration software didn't handle resizing the partitions automatically. If I hadn't known how to do that, then I would have been stuck reinstalling both Windows and Ubuntu.

Other Thoughts: I'm using ext4 on Ubuntu. Apparently you should be using ext3 without journaling, but I was to lazy to redo the install of Ubuntu. The migration software reports an ext4 system as ext3, but it copied correctly (apparently on a sector by sector basis).

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2011 7:54:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Drive

Pros: Very fast and low power consumption, which is important for a laptop installation such as mine.

Cons: None

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5 out of 5 eggsIntel 160GB G2 X-25M SSD

Pros: First, allow me to say that what everyone else has said has been said for good reason. I finally took the plunge on one of these right after Christmas 2009 and so far been running it for a year and 4 months without a single issue.

What can I said that's not been said? I put this drive into an older Dell XPS 410 system (though I did change out the standard C2D processor with a Quad Q6600). Compared to even a Western Digital Velociraptor (the older 150GB style), this SSD just screams.

Mind you, one reason I did purchase it was to assist with photo editing and on that lone regard, I've done enough benchmarking with it to realize that the SSD alone was not taking any time off the exporting of say, hundreds of RAWs from the 21MP Canon 5D Mark II. What it did though was allow my fast raptor to serve as a working drive (compared to a single image-storing + working drive) setup I had before. This in actuality, sped the process up more though. Booting / loading benefits too :)

Cons: NONE! I mean one may say price but this is new tech - but in this case I will readily say you get what you pay for.

Ok a con then... It's fast enough that everything is now CPU-bound! I'll need a faster / more powerful CPU now, which means a new PSU and board, which means I have to ditch this BTX case... There goes a few bucks (sigh).

Other Thoughts: To continue with my positive thoughts, this drive has performed so far exactly as specified. ~220MB/sec reads and about ~110MB/sec writes. Over the past 6 months, the Intel SSD Toolbox shows about 2.7 TB written to the drive (Win 7 x64 Pro cloned install + moderate but careful use as to what gets written on the SSD) and drive life is still 99+%. Proof that even seemingly heavier use still allows these drives to age very well.

Updating to the latest firmware is highly encouraged (though mine did not have problems at all from a new retail kit box).

Cloned my Raptor installation (about 115GB used of 139GB) perfectly fine on the first try and it's been smooth sailing since. Tried Win7 fresh install too - only 20 minutes. WOW

Will repeat my Raptor / SSD Benchmark now on the SR--2 board. Updated time to a year and 4 months without issue *knocks on wood*. Just, stable.

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  • Matthew O.
  • 3/26/2011 7:04:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great!

Pros: fast.

Cons: price.

Other Thoughts: worth it in my mind. I might upgrade to a solid state drive with a 6gps transfer rate when the prices drop later, but I really don't want to reinstall windows.

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5 out of 5 eggsIntel Still Most Reliable SSD

Pros: OCZ (Intel's closest competitor) boasts faster SSD's for less money. After having owned the Vertex 2, I can attest that OCZ SSD's are fast and do cost less than Intel SSD's. But the problem with OCZ has always been reliability, which is Intels strength. The OCZ drive crashed 2 to 3 times daily with BSOD's (Blue Screens). So I managed to find an under $300 deal on the Intel X25 160GB and after months of use it has never crashed or given even a hint of trouble. It's also just as fast as the OCZ in real life performance.

Cons: Many claim that price is a con, but the old adage rings true here: you really do get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: There may be other brands like Crucial or Corsair that can offer similar reliability to Intel. I personally only have hands on experience with OCZ & Intel.

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  • Lance V.
  • 1/26/2011 6:51:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Performer

Pros: Performance is right on-par with two old raptors I have running in a Raid 0 (Stripe) array.

System seems stable so far as well.

Cons: None yet!

Other Thoughts: There may be faster SSD drives out there... but albeit they sacrifice stability for that extra boost of performance.

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  • Welly W.
  • 1/9/2011 8:39:56 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy brief review

Pros: My Intel 160 GB MLC SATA II Solid State Drive is very fast, quiet, cool, and reliable. Owners can download the Intel SSD Toolkit and Data Migration Software powered by Acronis for free to check and maintain the SSD along with cloning a drive. It comes with a limited 3 year warranty. There are firmware updates which do not require owners to destroy the data on the SSD to perform the upgrades.

Cons: It is not the fastest solid state drive on the market, but it is one of the most reliable. The cost is expensive per gigabyte of data storage capacity.

Other Thoughts: I was going to buy the ADATA S599 128 GB SATA II Solid State Drive for $199.99 USD from a competitor, but there are reliability problems when owners put their computers on standby or sleep and try to awaken their computers. I own an ASUS N61JV-X2 notebook PC so this would be a big problem. Firmware updates have not yet resolved this issue and they require the data to be destroyed for each upgrade. These two factors made it a show stopper for me.

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  • Yohandri A.
  • 12/29/2010 9:14:51 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuick Delivery

Pros: Great REBATE $80 for Intel
Leopard Snow install on 35 Minutes.
Mac Book Pro 13" detect fine the SSD.

Cons: NA
Intel take $10 for make your rebate quick.

Other Thoughts: Price still High, but I buy Intel because I ready have two of 80G SSD on my PC on Raid 1 and Work Perfect.

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