Intel X-25M 160GB MLC SSD



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Are you guys planning to do an updated review of this drive now that the latest firmware (02HD, I believe) has supposedly boosted sustained write speeds to 100MB/s?

Still not in the ballpark of the TorqX, but surely enough to bump this drive up to a 9 (maybe a 9 + KickAss) since sustained writes were the only drawback the drive had.



I was looking online and tried to price this out.  I have seen multiple models:
SSDSA2MH160G2C1 and SSDSA2MH160G2R5.  The first is $503  and the second is $512, at CDW (the sponsor from the article), Newegg has a bigger difference.  

Can anyone explain?



I am gearing up to build a new PC. I figure Windows and all of my programs will easily fit on a 128GB SSD drive. (Files would go on 1.5TB SATA) Would I get better performance with two 64GB SSD drives in Raid 0? I mostly use Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Adobe Lightroom. Any room left on the SSD would be a scratch drive for Photoshop. I'm not a much of a gamer. Anyone?



Lets see a WD 750GB Scorpio Drive for $149.99 or the Intel 160GB X-25M for $549.00, I'll take the capacity over speed for now. When the price come down a little more then maybe I'll jump on the SSD bandwagon. Besides, if I wanted fast Speeds and great performance then I'll use my Desktop not my laptop.



Installing a game in excess of 15GB (WoW). Updating a game such as the later 300-700MB. Sustained writes may be a mere factor that only happen every so often. Yet it is enough to drop drive benchmarks in pcmark and that sir is enough for me to say that its a concerning factor.


In a drive from which you would expect high performance, you should also expect the ability to thrash through video editing purposes and image editing purposes. What holds this drive back here? random WRITE access...



Sustained write speed should not be the deciding factor of buying an SSD. 90% of hard drive activity is spent on small random reads and writes, and to a lesser extent large reads (loading game levels and such.) Sustained writes generally don't happen very often unless you are copying large files. If you are ripping a DVD or something along those lines even standard spinning media is going to outpace the encoding process. For all intents and purposes for the average person, the intel drive is still the best, the the indilinx drives just slightly trailing. The samsung controllers still struggle with random reads and writes. I wouldn't put them in the same category as the intel and indilinx controllers which are clearly a cut above the rest.

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