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The Intel X25-M Mainstream is an MLC-based, 2.5” solid-state disk drive geared toward regular laptop/desktop PCs.

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Pros

not susceptible to physical damage from shock

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3-year warranty

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low power consumption compared to mechanical drives - improves battery life / power draw

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fastest consumer SSD - best random small file reads/writes

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affordable for enthusiasts

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compatible size and interface - fits into any SATA compatible laptop, desktop

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many times the speed of mechanical drives - saves time, money, battery life, sanity

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fair capacities

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TRIM support

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less expensive than the first generation - leading the price/performance pack

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getting cheaper every day - down to $215 (late April 2010)

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34nm flash

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runs cool

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Cons

capacities cannot compete with mechanical drive alternatives

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not quite affordable for the majority of consumers

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past few firmware updates have been rocky, have been pulled after release for bricking drives

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firmware isn't updated as often as competing drives

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data cannot be recovered if a component is damaged - unlike on mechanical drives (if you have the money)

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second generation offering is actually slower in key benchmarks compared to the first - slower to boot up OS, applications

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The Intel X25-M Mainstream is an MLC-based, 2.5” solid-state disk drive geared toward regular laptop/desktop PCs. It utilizes 34nm NAND flash memory lithography to deliver a 250MB/sec sustained read rate and 70MB/sec write speed. And unlike a conventional hard-disc drive, the X25-M can handle a greater workload with less space, zero cooling, and bare-minimum power consumption. It is in fact very similar to the 50nm SSDs on the market, save that it’s more compact, delivers improved latency, and much superior Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS). According to reports, the X-25M Mainstream is equipped to deliver up to 66000 4KB write IOPS and 35000 read IOPS. This not only blows away traditional HDDs, but sets the bar higher for SSDs as well.

Features
  • MLC-Based SSD
  • NAND Technology
  • Zero Cooling
  • Energy Efficient
Specifications
  • Model Name: Intel X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drive
  • Capacity: 80/160GB
  • NAND Flash: 10 Parallel Channel Architecture w/34nm MLC ONFI 1.0
  • Bandwidth (Write): Sequential up to 250MB/s
  • Bandwidth (Read): Sequential up to 70MB/s
  • Ready Latency: 85 microseconds
  • Interface: SATA I/II
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