Intel 80 GB X25M Mainstream SATA II Solid-State Drive (SSD) Retail Package SSDSA2MH080G2R5
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The X25-M is a SATA II hard drive with a capacity of 80 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 more disk space, the X25-M also comes in a 160 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
In terms of the drive's life expectancy, the main factor is the amount of writes you do to the drive. On a normal daily-laptop-work usage then the drive will last >15 years. You can actually calculate this since the number of write cycles is tracked in the drive via the S.M.A.R.T attributes. So you can calculate when the drive will gonna die. Intel did a wonderful job in write amplification and wear-levelling algorithm. Thus, it will be obsolete before it reaches the maximum rated write cycles.
If you are a techie, then check out the following links:
Detailed intel spec sheet on the drives:
All you need to know about ssd drives (31-page anandtech thesis):
X25M Gen2 review:
This is a fantastic upgrade to a computer system. The Intel G2 drives support TRIM when upgraded with the latest firmware. Windows 7 automatically support TRIM. TRIM increases the drive's performance and efficiency.
Upgrading from an HD to a good SSD like an Intel SSD will result in a SIGNIFICANT performance improvement unlike make other upgrades you may make, like a bump in CPU performance, memory, or video card. An SSD is many times faster than an HD in many important ways and has a big impact on the responsiveness of a computer.
The Intel is even price competitive with other SSD offerings.
* Significantly faster than a VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM hard drive
* Superior controller design vs other manufacturers
* Windows 7 scores this drive a 7.8 (highest possible is 7.9)
* Low power consumption, great for notebooks especially (but also good for desktops)
* Works just like a regular 2.5 inch drive so works great in SATA notebooks
* Retail version comes with a metal 2.5" to 3.5" adapter for desktop use
* Supports TRIM with latest firmware (G2 - second generation drives)
* Latest firmware upgrades sequential write speed to about 100MB/s from 80MB/s (160GB version only)
* Can download "Intel SSD Toolbox" to view drive information and optimize the drive
* Expensive compared to HD's
* Slower sequential write speed than some competitors - but for many this does not significantly affect overall performance
* My suggestion: Use an SSD for OS and applications and an HD for storage (like a Western Digital green drive)
* See the photos I uploaded
UPDATE 2011-02-18: My Intel G2 SSD drive has been and is still performing GREAT.
With this SSD, my laptop feels more responsive than my Intel Core i7 *desktop* computer. Windows 7 cold boots in about 35 seconds (from after BIOS POST to wifi ready and web browser open, with anti-virus and firewall installed). The hard drive is the highest rated component in my laptop - 6 for the CPU (Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz), *7.8* for the hard drive (7.9 is the maximum score in Windows 7). Not just in actual use, installing Windows and other programs is also much faster. I have never seen programs install so fast before - Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed in about 10 minutes from a USB drive.
If you're shopping for a new laptop, forget the very expensive CPU upgrades for an extra few hundred MHz which you probably can't appreciate in everyday use. Stick with the base CPU (Core 2 Duo preferably), spend that money on this SSD. The speed increase with this SSD will be much more dramatic than having an extra few hundred megahertz.
Be sure to get a 34nm (nanometre) model, not last year's 50nm types which - while good - are not as fast (although, until end-of-life discounted, they may actually cost more). It's well worth nailing down the Intel part number of the specific drive you plan to order - in this case it's SSDSA2MH080G2R5 - and checking it on Intel's own Web site to make sure you are getting exactly what you want. There's no need to worry about the SATA-300 label; that's really just pure marketing (technically there is no such thing).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Intel uses a different memory technology for these drives. Hence they are much better than the competition. Flawless R/W performance. Highly recommended specially as OS boot drive.Published on April 27, 2014 by Jaffer Siddiqui
Likely discontinued but this older SSD is still in use here as project drive and it works great. I have vastly faster SSD boot drives in my units but will keep these old smaller... Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by JJM
I already had one of these 80GB X25M SSD's in my Dell Dimension E520 as the boot/OS drive. I have a 250GB WD hard drive as my data drive. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
El producto llegó a tiempo, sin contratiempos, sin problemas el producto de muy buena calidad. La atención del vendedor muy buenaPublished on February 18, 2013 by Luis Eloy Hernandez
I purchased this Intel 80 GB SSD Oct. 2011 It was fairly new as far as ssd technolegy went. At the time it was a bit pricy compared to today. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Jacques wibier