Intel 40 GB X25-V Value SATA II MLC Solid-State Drive - Retail Box SSDSA2MP040G2R5
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- Random 4 KB reads up to 25 K IOPS, random 4 KB writes up to 2.5 K IOPS
- Sustained Read/Write: 170/35 MB/s
- Power: 150mW active, 75mW idle
- 1.2 million hour MTBF
- Read Latency: 65 microseconds, write Latency: 110 microseconds
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- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: SSDSA2MP040G2R5
- Hard Disk Size: 40 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 year limited warranty
- Hardware Platform: PC
Top Customer Reviews
I own this and the Intel 80gb G2 SSD, and, yes, the 40gb is slightly slower at loading up windows than the 80gb. Moving from a WD Caviar Black to the 40gb Intel dropped my Windows 7 boot times on my desktop from 34 to 18 seconds, and i think the 80gb boots W7 in under 15 seconds on my laptop, but once Windows 7 gets to the password screen, I can no longer tell a difference between the more expensive 80gb and this 40gb version. Everything loads instantly - there is no lag time on opening of programs any more. If cost is a factor, the only reason to choose this over the 80 or 160gb versions is if you're putting this in a laptop and need extra room. Otherwise, just use the 40gb as an OS drive and keep all your music, pictures, and video on your old hard drive.
This has easily the best performance/cost ratio on the market today. Just make sure you download the Intel SSD Toolbox and run the cleaner every once in a while, and your SSD will stay nice and fast.
Windows 7 installed easily. Best practice with this drive is to do a clean Windows 7 install, not an upgrade, clone or restore. I read that Windows 7 will not install on drives smaller than 32GB so this one is ok. Windows 7 automatically recognized and optimized for SSD use. Windows 7 Ultimate 64 + Firefox + Open Office + Skype + Slysoft filled up only 20GB. That's leaving plenty of room for word processing, web surfing and even a DVD or two.
This drive features TRIM which when used in conjunction with Windows 7 keeps the drive performing to its full speed. I verified that TRIM is properly enabled on this drive.
Good idea to update firmware to the latest version. My drive was not shipped with the latest firmware. Updating firmware requires burning a CD and then booting from it. It automatically installs the firmware. Search Intel's site using keywords "X25V Firmware". The update is not destructive to the drive's contents.
In quantitative terms, my Windows 7 Experience Index for this drive is a 7.7. I had previously run RAID-10 with four conventional drives, and my score in that configuration was 5.9. That's a significant jump and I am enjoying it all the more!
If you're looking for an inexpensive way to seriously boost your system's performance, this drive is a no brainer. Yes, there are bigger and faster SSDs available, but this drive establishes a whole new price point without sacrificing much.
One downside: after putting this drive in your system, you may not be able to tolerate using any other computer!
I completly love my system more now than I did before. Waiting for things to load is a thing of the past. I am so upset that I waited so long to get one of these.....well two in my case. For all that are reading reviews wondering if they should get one or not.....DO IT! You will be completly happy with your purchase. Windows boots in 14 secs! Shuts down in 6 seconds! These drives laugh at applications. I installed Crysis on the drives and the load times are better.....Not that much better, but still better. Everything else I do is NOTICEABLY faster! I think I may even be holding these drives back due to the SATA II limits of 300MB sec. Can't wait until someone makes a SATA III controller card that supports RAID 0 so I can really see how these drives really perform.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's been years and still works. I would highly suggest buying one with a lot more than 40gbs thoughPublished 21 months ago by Y Takahashi
After using this for 1.5 of the 3 year warranty, this item completely failed. Intel didn't care to attempt repair or offer any "help" in getting data from this drive. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Kindle Customer
Bought first one and it crapped out after 2 months. Got another and it crapped out after an hour. Worst ssd ever!Published on September 27, 2011 by Tbl25
I needed a SSD in a hurry and my usual dealer was out of stock on the Sandforce based drives I've been using. So I bought the intel. Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Paul Goodwin
So finally I decided to try one of the available SSD drives in the market. I choosed the Intel 40GB SSD Drive as it was the cheapest drive and best brand available (in my opinion)... Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by Juan Cuervo
Installed this drive as the only drive in my firewall ... it has preformed very well over many moths of operation ...Published on October 30, 2010 by james r morse
I have a 4 years also Thinkpad. I was thinking to replace the laptop because was quite slow even with WinXP. I did not install Win7 because I knew it will get slower. Read morePublished on October 28, 2010 by amazon reader