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5 out of 5 eggs Wonderful drive, but check the price!! 09/11/2009

This review is from: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2XXX 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros:

Absolute best price/performance. In random read/write performance (which are the spec that matter) this drive absolutely crushes every other product currently available. Best shot at overall reliability. Forthcoming TRIM support. Reputation: Intel is currently the strongest brand in the prosumer SSD space. The 80GB model got a glowing endorsement from Linus Torvalds (google it).

Cons:

PRICE. DO NOT JUMP BEFORE FINDING THE RIGHT PRICE. Newegg, if you have any decency, you will post this review. I am not mentioning specific numbers or competitors. I simply say, use google and see for yourself whether you are getting a good price on this product. You should always do this. As someone who is used to being able to skip this step because of how consistently good newegg is, you may be sadly surprised.

TRIM support should be here already. No one can control Microsoft's schedule, but Intel should at the least be shipping Linux-compatible TRIM by now.

Other Thoughts:

I have been using this product for several weeks now, and have put it through its paces. It is a monster. Prepare to never be IO-bound again. Boot times, application launch times, and the most impressive - scenarios of contention. Launch 10 different huge apps at once. Run ludicrous SQL queries and compiles while doing real-time multimedia. The drive glides through it all, untroubled. You will not be able to go back to spindles after using this drive.

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