Intel X25-M 160 GB Mainstream SATA II MLC 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive OEM
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD)
- 160 GB
- SATA II
There is a newer model of this item:
Customers also shopped for
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question.
Intel 2.5" 160GB X25-M Mainstream SATA II MLC SSD OEM
The future of computer storage is here! The Intel X25-M Mainstream SATA II Solid State Drive (OEM) provides faster disk performance and greater durability than traditional hard drives. Since it stores data using NAND flash memory instead of spinning platters, the X25-M will never keep you waiting for disks to spin up. For further convenience, there are no moving parts to worry about breaking down.
With no moving parts, the X25-M Solid State Drive provides silent and reliable storage. View larger.
The Intel SSD Toolbox lets you easily optimize the performance of your drive. View larger.
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.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
My experience is generally consistent with other very positive reviews on this site. Installed my new drive (Intel X25M 160GB Mainstream Solid State Drive SSDSA2MH160G2C1) on my Sony VAIO (VGN SR430J, Intel Core 2 Duo, P8700 @ 2.53GHz, 4.00 GB Ram, Win 7 64 Bit).
Because I was having some issues with the previous drive I don't have a direct side by side comparison of before and after performance. Turns out measuring side by side performance wasn't necessary to evaluate the difference, the performance improvement is easily discernible.
The installation & set-up process was as follows:
- Install physical drive (A direct placement for the old Hitachi 320GB drive). Physically a perfect fit, no issues. 5 - 10 minute job max. No different that replacing a regular hard drive in this respect.
- Recover the laptop to it's original state using the recovery disks (Vista 64 bit). Straightforward, no issues
- Ran the vista experience tool. Noticed a hard drive score of 5.9 (much lower than the 7.7 to 7.8 reported in the other Amazon reviews), but the machine was obviously quicker in the start-up than with the conventional drive.
- Installed the windows 7 upgrade
- Ran the windows 7 experience tool, hard drive score still 5.9
- Installed the Intel SSD Toolbox and ran the optimizer located in the Intel SSD Management Tools menu. Took about 15 minutes... Intel recommends the optimizer be run weekly. (You'll need to download the toolbox from the Intel web site. I tried to post the link here but the Amazon editors removed it, guess you're only allowed to be a "little bit" helpful in these reviews?)
- Ran the windows 7 experience tool, score increase from 5.9 - 7.7. Subjectively the machine felt slightly faster after doing so.
I have the following comments:
1. Dramatic decrease in boot time. Its now 40 seconds from pushing the power button to having the desktop fully ready for use. The machine has Win 7, MS Office 2007, The Sony VAIO applications and drivers & AVG Antivirus... I noticed that the AVG Anti-Virus added about 8 seconds to the boot time :-(
2. The machine is much quieter
3. Generally the laptop is much more responsive. Downloaded Software applications install very quickly (After installing Office 2007 I had to download and install the SP1 update... this happened much quicker than expected). This is substantial improvement compared with a "traditional" hard drive. The regular MS windows and office updates also install noticeably quicker.
4. Office applications open... instantly (perhaps 2 seconds?) to a blank application. Files open much quicker as well (Opening office to a 1.5MB *.pptx file took about 4 seconds.
While most of these observations are subjective, the overall experience is that this did not just "enhance" the performance of my laptop, it resulted in a substantial performance transformation.
It's not cheap (paid about $455 ($475 with one day shipping), but the performance increase was certainly worth it. It feels like this is how our computers are meant to run... I alternate between more than one machine and it's going to be difficult to use the computers with conventional drives... I think there are going to be more SSDs in my future.
The only question is whether or not to get one of the cheaper "value SSDs". After reading several independent reviews I came to the conclusion that a "value SSD" was still an expensive purchase, and so decided to pay more for the Intel product. The drive controller seems to enable (by a noticable margin) the fasted seek times and least performance degradation over time. I think Kingston has now licensed this controller for it's higher end drives, but the cost seems at par with the Intel models.
My only advice is that after installing the SSD, make certain you download and run the Intel SSD toolbox to get max performance.
Hope this helps you in your decision making
Been 3 months now and I am extremely dissatisfied with the purchase. Not only is the drive freezing and locking up just about all the time now, Intel no longer supports this drive on their Software. I have tried using the Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox and the software doesn't recognize the drive at all. I even tried updating the firmware that I pulled from Intel's website, but once again the install does not recognize the drive. It also doesn't help that navigating the website for downloads is like navigating a maze.
I guess it's my fault for buying last century's technology. However, if an Intel SSD even from last generation fell apart this fast I wonder if any product from them other than a Processor is really worth it.
See [...] for details on how to swap hard-drives.
My laptop is like reborn, fast, quiet, cooler,... applications, even Photoshop, pop-up fast.
Battery life jumped from an average of 2.5 hrs per charge to 3 hrs - in part because it's an SSD, but I think it also keeps the temperature down so the cooling fan(s) do not kick in as often.
The laptop has also become very quiet.
Initially I wanted to replace the laptop, but this drive made it so fast that I'm saving that plan for somewhere in the future.
I like it so much that I ordered one from my HTCP and one for my Mac Pro as well.
I highly recommend this drive even though it's a little expensive ...
This is on my Macbook Pro 13" laptop, which usually as 90-120GB filled of 160GB, gets 12+ hours a day of normal use patterns, in addition to some video encoding, occasional source code compiling, and all around probably heavier than average load, although within the use case of a laptop as a primary machine. Note that MacOS does _not_ support TRIM, so any drive maintenance/block reorg is completely due to the internal controller logic, and not due to anything I or the OS have done.
Since sequential reads/writes are the at-risk items, here are the sequential results from disktester pro.
"Allocating maximum size contiguous file on "Relax160" (148.7GB)...14.8GB (10.0% of volume size)
Using test size of 2GB, 4MB at a time at start (0%), within a 14.8GB test file.
Iteration 1: writing...93.3MB/sec, reading...268MB/sec
Iteration 2: writing...95.9MB/sec, reading...201MB/sec
Iteration 3: writing...95.9MB/sec, reading...268MB/sec
Iteration 4: writing...95.5MB/sec, reading...268MB/sec
Iteration 5: writing...95.3MB/sec, reading...268MB/sec"
Outside of the 201MB outlier, these are roughly the same numbers I saw on the new drive, which means that in my case no measurable degradation has been observed. (At worst, in 1 of 5 tests there was a 25% degradation which may have been an anomaly or may have been a legitimate use pattern degradation issue.)
Anyway, per other reviews, fantastic drive. I just thought people might benefit from non-TRIM numbers after a reasonable bit of use.
Most recent customer reviews
It is indeed very silent and fast. I am satisfied with the price too.Read more