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Intel X25-V


$125.00 Released January, 2010

Product Shot 1 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.

Features

  • 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

Specifications

  • 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

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Pros
  • 3

    silent / cool operation

  • 3

    extremely speedy read/writes compared to spinning disk drives

  • 3

    affordable price for a solid state disk

  • 3

    made by Intel - a leader in solid state disk technology

  • 3

    40GB - superior capacity compared to previous generation value offerings, enough for your OS and a good amount of applications / work files

  • 3

    physically resilient - ideal for a netbook / tablet / laptop

  • 3

    easy to install - 2.5" SATA drive is compatible with the vast majority of laptops / netbooks, includes a 3.5" adapter for desktop systems

  • 3

    TRIM support - mid/long-term use doesn't degrade the drives performance

  • 2

    3-year warranty

Cons
  • 3

    slower than the 'Mainstream' series from Intel

  • 2

    still poor storage value for the dollar compared to spinning drives

  • 2

    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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Just bought this SSD off of newegg.ca for $101 + $5 shipping...

9 days later:

Pretty much functions how I expected it to. Near instantaneous OS boot-up and application launching. I was using over 60GB with my previous Vista installation so I was concerned moving down to ~40 (actually 37), however with Windows 7 and all my applications I have 19GB free.

Apr 10, 10
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