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The Intel X18-M Mainstream is an MLC-based, 1.8” solid-state disk drive geared toward regular laptop/desktop PCs.

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fastest consumer SSD - best random small file reads/writes

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not quite affordable for the majority of consumers

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The Intel X18-M Mainstream is an MLC-based, 1.8” solid-state disk drive geared toward regular laptop/desktop PCs. It is the 1.8” counterpart to the 2.5” X-25M. It combines Intel’s NAND flash memory technology with a high-performance controller to deliver a 250MB/sec sustained read rate and 70MB/sec write speed. And unlike a conventional hard-disc drive, the X18-M can handle a greater workload with less space, zero cooling, and bare-minimum power consumption. And since there are no moving heads or rotating players, there is much improved latency and a far superior Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS). It retails in two sizes: 80GB, 160GB.

Features
  • MLC-Based SSD
  • NAND Technology
  • Zero Cooling
  • Energy Efficient
Specifications
  • Model Name: Intel X18-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drive
  • Capacity: 80/160GB
  • NAND Flash: 10 Parallel Channel Architecture w/50nm MLC ONFI 1.0
  • Bandwidth (Write): Sequential up to 250MB/s
  • Bandwidth (Read): Sequential up to 70MB/s
  • Read Latency: 85 microseconds
  • Interface: SATA I/II
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