- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: SSDSA2MH160G2R5
- Hard Disk Size: 160 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 Yrs
Intel 2.5-Inch 160 GB X25-M Mainstream SATA II MLC Solid-State Drive - Retail Package SSDSA2MH160G2R5
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The X25-M is a SATA II hard drive with a capacity of 160 GB. Additionally, it's 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 X25-M is any old drive. Instead of using spinning platters like traditional hard drives, the X25-M is a Solid State Drive (SSD), and it uses flash memory for storage, giving you dramatically faster data access. If you need less disk space, the X25-M also comes in a 80 GB version.
Performs Faster than Other Solid State Drives
Intel has been making memory chips for decades, and the company's experience is clearly displayed with the X25-M drive, which uses Intel's Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory. This 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 thanks to the drive's SATA interface that offers data throughput of up to 3.0 Gbps, you can take advantage of all that speed. What all this means for you is that applications launch instantaneously, files copy in less time, and your overall productivity is increased.
Optimize Performance with the Intel SSD Toolbox
Intel offers the Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer, so you can easily optimize and manage the performance of your drive. Simply download the Intel SSD Toolbox and you'll get a powerful set of management, information, and diagnostic tools to help you maintain performance at "fresh out-of-the-box" levels. The Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer is specially designed to run on Microsoft Windows 7, and it also works with Microsoft Windows Vista and XP.
Higher Reliability and Silent Operation
Compared to traditional hard drives, the X25-M is both faster and more durable. Because it doesn't have spinning disks or writing heads, there are fewer parts to fail. It is also less susceptible to vibration and shock and is completely silent. Providing superb reliability, the X25-M is rated at 1.2 million hours mean time before failure (MTBF).
Lower Power Consumption is Good for the Environment
The X25-M also consumes far less power than traditional drives, which saves you money and makes this drive a choice. The drive is certified RoHS compliant for its use of non-hazardous materials. Additionally, when it's installed in a laptop, the X25-M will give you better battery life, which means you can work longer on cross-country plane trips.
The Intel X25-M Mainstream SATA II Solid State Drive supports Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) commands, as well as additional SSD monitoring.
The X25-M is backed by a three-year limited warranty.
What's in the Box
Intel X25-M Solid State Drive (SSD), manual, sticker and 3.5" desktop drive bay adapter, screws and installation guide.
Top Customer Reviews
My first SSD is in my Dell 1330M XPS laptop. No only has it proven to make a large impact on battery life (I don't even bother plugging in the laptop when given presentations that run from an hour to 90 minutes), it has made a huge impact on application speed. I've had developers approach me after a presentation and ask me about the specs of my laptop because compiling code in my demos was very fast (Visual Studio 2008).
I've put this Intel SSD in a new desktop system, along with an iCore7 and 12 GB of RAM. Windows 7 scores the drive at a 7.8 (7.9 is the max as of this writing). In addition to very fast code compiling, a podcast I produce has gone from taking an hour to edit (mostly waiting on audio plugins to do their thing) to 10 minutes.
If you only use a PC to surf the net, send email, and play farm games on FaceBook, you have no need for this drive. You also probably aren't reading this review, so I can assume you do use the PC for more than websites. If you do any work with video or audio this drive is a must have - the time it saves will pay for itself.Read more ›
I am *not* going to get overly technical with this review, after all it's not for a class on SSD's, it's for the Amazon.com marketplace, and computer users of all types, so it will remain mostly generic and easy to read...hopefully! So let's get going and let's have some fun!
You're probably reading this because you either want an SSD, already have one, or are adding a 2nd, or 3rd, or 4th to a system you've built, or are improving your notebook, or desktop PC or Mac with this fantastic new technology an SSD offers us, so we all have that in common, plus there's a general interest in SSD's that borders on fanaticism at this time in computing history, so here's some data of this SSD's attributes and characteristics.
The X25-M 160GB SSD has a formatted capacity of 149GB, it is a 2.5" form factor hard drive generically speaking, with a 9.5mm height to fit into most any notebook; it weighs roughly 72 grams (about 2.5 ounces); has SATA 1-2 (I-II) connectivity and throughput of 1.5GB/sec or 3.0GB/sec, depends on the controller in your notebook, desktop, or RAID system controller interface. Its internal formatting is in 4096KB sectors, which is an important thing to understand right away, because we have to think of "Alignment" of the sectors with SSD's, and how they read, write, and seek data depends on sector parity with the system it resides in.Read more ›
My drive arrived with one firmware version back - I downloaded the late November firmware updater from Intel's web site (a bootable .iso) and it worked fine. I'm using the drive on Windows 7 and am glad to have TRIM support.
Note: If you are using Windows 7, you must make sure that your computer's BIOS is set to use the AHCI mode for disk drives, otherwise you won't get the benefit of TRIM. Before you do so, make sure that Windows has enabled the AHCI driver - this is explained in Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB922976 - otherwise you'll get an error when you reboot. To see if you already have AHCI enabled, click on the Start orb, right click Computer and select Manage. Under Computer Management, select System Tools > Device Manager. Expand "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" and look to see if there is an entry "Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller". If not, follow the steps in the KB article to enable AHCI in Windows, then boot into your BIOS and change the setting for the IDE controller to be AHCI. (The details of this will vary.)
Once installed, my Windows Experience Index for the hard drive went from 5.9 (a WD Caviar drive) to 7.2, and the system feels much snappier, as well as booting noticeably faster.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still cranking after 7 years. Not as fast as my newer SSDs but still very fast and use it stillPublished 2 months ago by DCB
after 3-4 years still using it.. Just brilliant..
using it in my i5 dell laptop..booting time 20-21 seconds..
Amazing product by Intel! I ordered this product in July 2010, and it is still going strong. There are better alternatives now and probably at better prices, but for back then this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bobby
I use these as boot drives in two home PC's and a laptop.
Where I work, they already used these as system disks before I started here. Read more
I purchased this drive through Mangoose Computers and I am very pleased with both the vendor and the products they sell. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Concretebrew
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This is an expensive drive, but the performance is awesome. In OSX Snow Leopard, my boot is very fast, and applications open nearly immediately. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Ben Brinckerhoff