Released January, 2010
The Pros:Silent / cool operation. Extremely speedy read/writes compared to spinning disk drives. Affordable price for a solid state disk.
The Cons:Slower than the 'Mainstream' series from Intel. Still poor storage value for the dollar compared to spinning drives. Only 40GB - not enough for a heavy user with many large applications / games, or anyone doing work with large files / watching HD media.
The Intel X25-V is a solid-state drive released in early 2010. The 40GB X25-V is basically a reduced-size version of the more capacious X25-M G2. It competes directly with Kingston’s V Series boot drive, which retails in a smaller size (30GB), but supposedly offers an improved upgrade kit.
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Both units have the same aim: to attractive the attention of users seeking a performance boost at an affordable price. It’s especially geared for housing an operating system; users are still recommended to pursue a conventional SATA drive for storing all their media files. The most touted features include an embedded set of Windows utility tools for fine-tuning performance; support for Windows 7 TRIM function to extend the drive’s usable lifetime; and a write speed up to 35MB/s.
- Solid State Drive
- Affordable Solution
- Performance Boost
- Miniature Version of X25-M G2
- Competes with Kingston V
- Larger Size, Less Upgrade Options
- Geared for OS / Pivotal Files
- Embedded Windows Utilities
- Windows 7 TRIM Function Support
- Product code: SSDSA2M040G2R5
- Flash: 34nm NAND
- Architecture: MLC
- Form Factor: 2.5"
- Capacity: 40GB
- Interface: SATA 300
- Power Consumption (Active): 150 mW
- Typical Power Consumption (Idle): 75 mW
- Typical Sequential Access: Read up to 170MB/s
- Sequential Access: Write up to 35MB/s
- Features Random: 4 KB reads up to 25 K IOPS, random 4 KB writes up to 2.5 K IOPS
- Read Latency: 65 microseconds
- Write Latency: 110 microseconds
- MTBF: 1,200,000 hours
- Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years
User Reviews (3)
extremely speedy read/writes compared to spinning disk drives
affordable price for a solid state disk
made by Intel - a leader in solid state disk technology
40GB - superior capacity compared to previous generation value offerings, enough for your OS and a good amount of applications / work files
physically resilient - ideal for a netbook / tablet / laptop
easy to install - 2.5" SATA drive is compatible with the vast majority of laptops / netbooks, includes a 3.5" adapter for desktop systems
TRIM support - mid/long-term use doesn't degrade the drives performance
slower than the 'Mainstream' series from Intel
still poor storage value for the dollar compared to spinning drives
only 40GB - not enough for a heavy user with many large applications / games, or anyone doing work with large files / watching HD media
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