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Old 09-09-08, 04:10 AM   #1
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Default Intel X-25 SSD drives, WOW!!!

It looks like we are finally getting SSD drives. Here's Anandtech review of the incoming X-25 drive from Intel (starts shipping this week, price of the 80 Gb model is $595 for 1000 units). It crushes current OCZ offerings, but price is double. However performance is sometimes more than double, no more pauses and langs during multitasking.



BTW look what it can do for Crysis miminum FPS:



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Old 09-09-08, 04:19 AM   #2
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Default Re: Intel X-25 SSD drives, WOW!!!

What about all the stuff I keep reading about performance of SSD drives dropping significantly during multitasking?

I read a review on newegg where someone said they were getting drops to the 20Mb\sec range in multitasking with on of the OCZ drives, which is horribly slow for a modern drive.

EDIT: Nevermind, I guess I should have read the article.

Here is their summary at the end...

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At the high level, SSDs are still the key to truly solid performance and this is where the issues with the JMicron based MLC drives are really unfortunate, because it means that the most accessible SSDs on the market can actually deliver a pretty bad user experience. But if you look at what Intel's X25-M and the Samsung SLC drives can deliver, it's really quite good.

As I've mentioned before, the random write issues with JMicron JMF602 based MLC SSDs are simply unacceptable and in my opinion they make the drives unusable for use in any desktop or notebook that you actually care about. Next year we may see a JMicron controller that fixes the problem but until then, I'd consider those drives off limits.

This thing is fast, and I want one in my system...actually, two. It's the only SSD that I would actually go out, buy and stick in my desktop machine at this point. I think that's the first time I've ever said something like that in a review, but I'm absolutely convinced.
Sounds like these are a huge improvement over other models.
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Old 09-09-08, 04:37 AM   #3
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Default Re: Intel X-25 SSD drives, WOW!!!

OCZ forums are plagged with people complaining about stutering, pauses, freezes... sometimes Windows just "hangs" for a couple of seconds. Those Intel drives seem to fix all those problems
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Default Re: Intel X-25 SSD drives, WOW!!!

I just read the whole thing. I think that was the best article anandtech has done in a long time and one of the best I've read anywhere recently. Very informative and technical but still understandable.

I can't wait till the price on these drives comes down significantly. My next drives will still be mechanical, but once I can get 160Gb SSD drive that performs like Intel's MLC (or an SLC) in the $200 range I'll buy one for sure. That's years away, but that's the minimum size I'd want for any drive that's going to be holding my OS, programs and games.
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Old 09-09-08, 12:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: Intel X-25 SSD drives, WOW!!!

I see alot of people discounting the 32gb drives, but wouldnt that be a pretty sweet spot for a OS install? Vista mainly, XP dont take up that much space really..
And with some space to spare for all that clutter that tends to build up..

Then a larger one for games and apps, and "static" storage stuff on a HD.
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Old 09-09-08, 01:03 PM   #6
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I see alot of people discounting the 32gb drives, but wouldnt that be a pretty sweet spot for a OS install? Vista mainly, XP dont take up that much space really..
And with some space to spare for all that clutter that tends to build up..

Then a larger one for games and apps, and "static" storage stuff on a HD.
That is always a possibility. The biggest issue that I have with a setup like that is you constantly have to change working directories whenever you install a program, and if you save something to your desktop or your documents you have to copy the files to other drives which takes a lot longer have just moving a file. The other issue is cable management because it increase the number of devices that you have to install and plug in to your pc.

For me I'd like to have 2 x 64GB in a RAID 0 array, so I can have everything on one logical drive letter and still have speed.
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Would using raid 0 sort of increase the longevity of these drives? Since you'd be storing less on each drive.
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Default Re: Intel X-25 SSD drives, WOW!!!

I really want one of these. Thanks Slawter.
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Would using raid 0 sort of increase the longevity of these drives? Since you'd be storing less on each drive.
The rated MTBF of this drive is 1.2M hours...
But yes, using raid 0 would increase longevity as the data is stripped more or less evenly on both drives.
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Im debating. but the price is killer
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This thread is really old.
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Indeed. Is the Intel X25 still the best SSD to get?
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