Pros: I have this in my Intel NUC (Centrino) home media server. It is perfect for Win7 Ultimate, Plex, Filezilla and Dropbox. I made sure to turn off unneeded Windows features and compress the drive. The media is stored on an external 4TB Seagate HDD. RDP with my phone makes use of a keyboard, mouse and monitor almost non-existent. The rig has been running strong for almost a year with minimal downtime/ maintenance.
Cons: I recently have started to maintain Plex logs that are taking up space on the C: drive. The limited capacity makes for a monthly check-up on disc space a necessity. Metadata could cause a problem with disc space, depending on how much media is being stored. Approximately 1.8TB is giving me 4.7GB of metadata. Eventually an upgrade of my SSD and HDD will coincide.
Summary: I bought this drive because of the validation and 5 year warranty. My application is in a passively cooled enclosure for a HTPC. The drive is used for OS and a minimal set of applications. The 60GB capacity is adequate for this purpose with Windows 7, but for more generalized use it is inadequate space. I had to attach a passive heat sink to the drive to keep it below 57C at idle in my application. Rated operating temperature is 70C.
Pros: Speedy 5 Year Warranty Arguably one of the best validated consumer drivers
Cons: Runs HOT in my application with no active cooling Temperature was also an issue when running the 525 series in Intel's NUC systems. Fix was to increase fan speed, add a heat sink to the drive and adjust the SSD bios to slow down the drive if the temperature increased above operating limits for too long.
Summary: I got the best of both worlds for my Thinkpad T520. I have an SSD for my OS and a 1T HDD for my data. My laptop now boots very fast. I need to take away 1 star because of the Sandforce TRIM bug that this SSD have. These SSDs are ok if you use as a boot drive. But if you use it to store compressed data, TRIM will not work properly and degrade the performace of your drive unless you secure erase it from time to time.
Summary: Intel makes some of the best SSD hands down. It's easy to upgrade the firmware. I have used Intel SSD's for several years now, and I have had not had any failures yet unlike some other brands.
Summary: Bought this for my custom built computer thought that it would be enough for windows 7 and then some ended up replacing it because their was not enough space. For a computer I was testing I used this drive added windows 7 onto it fully updated and then 4 basic programs Java,Adobe reader,Adobe Flash,microsoft Security Essentials, Their was 32 gb left.
Pros: Super Fast, Small Size, Makes Perfect Test Drive
Pros: Low profile and fast. Does what it is intended to do. Safe up to 70°c...
Cons: Naturally runs warm and has reached 80°c one time before the "temp governor" stepped in and performed some managment. Although it reached this temp, it remained stable... Quote from Intel: "The Intel SSD 525 Series drive has a safety feature for monitoring temperature and for protecting the module from overheating, The operating temperature specifications of the Intel SSD 525 Series drive or 0-70 degrees Celsius as measured by the temperature sensor, SMART Attribute B...