|Intel X25-M SATA 80GB MLC SSD|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Miles Cheatham|
|Sunday, 18 January 2009|
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Intel X25-M Final Thoughts
So far we have only talked about the Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD in general terms. Mind you we've included the best benchmarks currently possible to use in testing solid state drives, but what does all of this diatribe actually equal in a real world scenario. First lets examine the two strongest benchmarks and how they translate into use of the product. A read time of 250 MBps is almost double that of the best performing SSD that we have reviewed thus far which was the Patriot Warp 128GB SATA-II SSD PE128GS25SSDRwhich weighed in at 136.9 MBps. In our day-to-day use of the X25-M we noticed an incredible difference in just how fast everything loaded in the system and was ready for use, this ranged from our operating systems Windows XP SP 3 and Vista 64 SP1 to extremely large games. For the general consumer all the way to the information technology manager this will be the most desirable area of performance this drive brings to the table.
Next lets look at the system access time. The Intel X25-M was also at the top of the heap in this category with and incredible 0.09 ms which was only topped by the Mtron MOBI 3500 64GB 3.5" SATA SSD MSD-SATA3535-064which came in at 0.08 ms. It should also be noted that the Mtron Mobi 3500 is an SLC based drive as opposed to the MLC design of the X25-M. Access times this fast only serve to further enhance your system's performance. We noticed that whatever we requested our test rig to perform began almost instantaneously upon clicking the start button. In other words there was no perceivable lag noticed whatsoever. Again, another major plus for all types of users, but especially the computer enthusiast and information technology manager.
Now on to the write speeds for the Intel X25-M which averaged 72.8 MBps. Although not abysmal, these results were bested by all of the other drives we tested with the one exception, the Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB 2.5" SATA-II SSD FTM60GK25H which was truly abysmal with a write speed of only 35.8 MBps. The standard Western Digital Raptor even barely eked out a win by just 1 MBps. For the general consumer and even the computer enthusiast write speeds in this range are not much of a problem. For the information technology manager though this would likely be a deal breaker, but then again they would most likely opt for the extreme version of this drive based on an SLC configuration and sporting write speeds in range of 170 MBps. We would have been able to call this drive perfect had it shown better write performance, but for the consumer group we cater to the X25-M is still likely to be as good as it gets at this point in time.
Now lets take a gander at the price of the Intel X25-M. Newegg currently lists the price for the Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1C5 80GB SATA Internal Solid state disk (SSD) at $499.95 or $6.25 per gigabyte. A few months ago this would have been considered cheap for a drive of this caliber. Current top dog SSD's range anywhere from $4.50 per GB to well over $7.00 per GB. I should state that with the exception of the write speed there is no other traditional or solid state drive on the market currently that can even come close to matching the blaance of the X25-M's performance capabilities at any price.