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This review is from: Intel X25-E 64GB 2.5" SATA II SLC Enterprise Solid State Disk SSDSA2SH064G101
Pros: Start up, shut down, sleep, and wake times are negligible.
Applications: open and close in seconds, compression and extraction, encoding; everything rips with this drive.
Battery life: not significantly longer but I imagine it must be somewhat longer due to the decreased power-draw
Heat & Noise: drive generates much less heat and noise than a conventional spinning disk
Data security: SLC means I probably will replace the drive before it fails. Dropping my laptop (I'm clumsy) doesn't result in a fear of data loss.
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:
Uncached Write 272.25 167.15 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 273.05 154.49 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 85.88 25.13 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 396.56 199.31 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Write 1266.93 134.12 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 626.68 200.62 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 1881.47 13.33 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 1044.12 193.74 MB/sec [256K blocks]
I got this drive for a bargain price -- I would have never purchased it for a personal laptop otherwise. I bought my girlfriend a WD SSD for about $200 and it performs very nicely, too.
This drive is better suited in RAID driving some seriously heavy database.