- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: SSDSA2MH160G1C5
- Hard Disk Size: 160.0 GB
Intel X25-M Mainstream 160GB SATA 2.5-Inch MLC Solid State Drive
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- 160 GB Solid State Drive provides outstanding performance and durability in a 2.5" form factor
- No moving parts for faster performance and higher durability
- Sustained sequential write speeds of up to 250 MBps and read speeds of up to 70 MBps
- SATA interface provides up to 3GBps data throughput
- Backed by a three-year warranty
Experience blazing fast disk performance with the X-25M drive.
The X-25M is an SATA hard drive with a capacity of 160 GB in a 2.5-inch form factor that will work anywhere a regular 2.5-inch hard drive does, such as in notebook computers and external enclosures.
But don't think that the X-25M is your normal drive. Instead of using spinning platters like traditional hard drives, the X-25M is a Solid State Drive (SSD) and uses flash memory for storage, giving you dramatically faster data access. If you need more disk space, the X-25M also comes in a 80 GB version.
Performs Even Faster than Other Solid State Drives
Intel has been making memory chips for decades, and this experience is on clear display with the X-25M drive. This drive uses Intel's Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory that delivers better performance than other SSDs thanks to an advanced architecture and technologies such as Native Command Queuing, which enables up to 32 simultaneous operations. The result is sustained sequential read speeds of up to 250 MBps, sustained sequential write speeds of up to 70 MBps, and a read latency of just 85 microseconds.
And by using the SATA interface that offers data throughput of up to 3.0 Gbps, you can duly take advantage of all the speed. What all this means for you is that applications launch instantaneously, files copy in less time, and your overall productivity is significantly increased.
Higher Reliability and Silent Operation
Compared to traditional hard drives, the X-25M is both faster and more durable. Since it doesn't have spinning disks or writing heads, there are fewer parts to fail. It is also less susceptible to vibrations and shock and is completely silent. The X-25M is rated at 1.2 million hours mean time before failure (MTBF) for superb reliability.
Lower Power Consumption is Good for the Environment
The X-25M also consumes far less power than traditional drives, which saves you money and makes it a choice. When installed in a laptop, you'll experience better battery life, so you can work longer on those cross-country plane trips. Additionally, the drive is certified RoHS compliant for its use of non-hazardous materials.
The Intel X-25M Mainstream SATA Solid State Drive supports Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) commands as well as additional SSD monitoring. It is backed by a three-year limited warranty.
The X-25M has no moving parts for faster and more reliable performance.
Top Customer Reviews
I like the firmware upgrade of this drive over the OCZ Vertex. For MAC users this can be very import. For the intel drive you burn an ISO to a CD then boot your MAC/PC off the CD and update your drive. The update also does not delete the data you already have on the drive saving you a rebuild. For the OCZ you have to remove the drive and install a pin so you can update the drive. You then have to boot into a Windows OS to run the firmware upgrade. The firmware upgrade for the OCZ DOES delete the drive causing you to have to rebuild it.
Make sure if you do get one of these Intel drives it is running at least firmware 8820. This firmware addresses some fragmentation issues causing the drive to lose performance over time.
All in all, though, this is a great product: programs that took 30 seconds to load seem to open instantaneously. It runs silent and cool. Just check the firmware version in the upper right corner of the drive's label. Depending on your system, you might have difficulty performing an update. Also, don't format these drives: formatting writes a pattern to every sector and will degrade performance.
The hard drive's screaming performance is just incredible. In fact, I first thought that my computer could never be so fast, but... you really have to try it to believe it.
The only con is the price. The 160gb version is very expensive... but in the end, for me, at least, it has been well worth it. (FYI I'm sure prices will come down in the future...)
I used a Raptor for my first drive and the Intel for my second drive, leaving slots 3 and 4 for older Raptors I had lying around.
I was surprised to see that I could use Boot Camp to put Vista on the Intel AS LONG as it was in slot 2 and NOT being used as a primary drive as well.
Well I have to say, I have never been as impressed with Vista as I am now. It loads instantly, no more terminal waits and read writes are fast. I am not a guy who depends on objective tests (except for raids, where I am dependent on speed for video) but subjective evaluation.
I did this install because my original slot 1 drive crashed and I figure might as well try. My first attempt was using the SSD in slot 1 for both Mac and Vista, but it would not allow me to install both-apparently a known issue. However, I was very surprised and delighted to see that I could use it as a sole partition for Vista in Bootcamp.
I tend to use Vista for photo editing and Mac for video. I move my large 1DsMKIII images over to the main drive prior to editing and have to say that performance has dramatically increased. This is real world performance and not bench testing. These are really big files. I also noticed that after applying the firmware update, I was able to eradicate the annoying "bus calls" to the back plane of the computer that would always cause a call to the drive to slot 1.
Couldn't be happier. Highly recommended to those using PS.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great SSD. Its capacity is a little small for an only drive but I have it in a server as its boot drive and it's been 100% reliable. Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by Amazoner Stallion
While it lasted, it was quick and instantaneously responsive, so I can't give it a single star.
Now, it's dead, though, and that means I can't get any data off of it... Read more
This is a very nice SSD, even if it is a bit slow on the sequential write speeds. Intel is a good company and they seem to thoroughly test their products. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Lantana Al
Been running it now on an older G5 tower and it's been flawless. The improvements are more than notable. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by A. Toney
I bought this SSD for my ThinkPad T61p running windows vista 64bit Ultimate 4Gb ram instead of a 7200rpm 160GB HD ,instalation was a smooth very fast (you will need a fresh windows... Read morePublished on March 23, 2009 by A. Seoud
If I could, I would give this product 4.5 star. I currently own an Memoright 64GB SLC SSD and this one. Read morePublished on March 23, 2009 by J. Chiu