Summary: So I've been running with an Intel SSD drive in my laptop for a year now with fantastic results. When my 10K rpm boot drive failed in my photoshop workstation, I decided to put in one of the X25 120GB drives. Let the fun begin... The machine saw the drive ok at bootup and I was able to install Windows 7 Pro to it without an issue.
Don't count on the "free" software and website support to work
3 December 2010
Summary: I've had great results with Intel products in the past, and I know Intel's engineering is top-notch. That's why I bought this drive instead of one of the other brands. One of the selling features was Intel's free data migration software (to allow you to move your data from your current hard drive to the new Intel SSD) and utility software.
Summary: This drive comes with an adapter for a PC. It has lots of screws. It is easy to install an operating system on this drive. It did not come with instructions. It had a real small cd. This drive is best for notebooks but it will work in a PC. How much you like this drive will depend on your hard ware. It was great on xp home but xp home does not support dual processors. XP Pro is very good for this drive. On Windows 7 it does not feel near as good.
Summary: I tested this with and without a loaded OS with the same results under three different benchmarks. Sequential Read: ca. 180-190 MB/s average 183. Sequential Write: ca. 80 MB/s or so. I can get near this performance from the new Kingston V+, with better write performance overall. And it is less money (2.30 gig vs. 2.80 gig). I do not understand how review benchmarks put this Intel drive at 250 MB/s, since I am using the same software (on an i7 2.60 gHz).
Summary: First of all I would like to mention that Amazon's shipping has gotten ridiculous. It took Amazon 3 days to get the product out the door (it was in stock when I ordered it) and then they chose to use the US Mail! It took 12 days before the package arrived in my mailbox and it shipped from Arizona to Colorado (neighboring states). That is unacceptable. I have read reviews claiming that this drive (or an SSD in general) is "life changing".
Summary: Intel hasn't bothered to release even a simple command-line utility to deal with the internal fragmentation problem SSDs have, which degrades their performance as they are used. The company could at least put a warning label on the box. The TRIM command, which Intel supports in Windows 7 (via updated firmware) and in earlier Windows operating systems with a manual Toolbox, takes care of this problem -- but not if you have a Mac and are running OS X.
Summary: For a price of $450+ for this drive, one can buy a desktop from dell, such as a Studio Desktop. To the majority of people who does Internet, facebook and some office work at home, I do not think the performance is worth the price. I own this, installed on my Macbook Pro. The Intel X25M is fast, reliable. In general we get what we paid for. I would recommend this drive to those who really need the speed, responsiveness and feeling on their systems.
Summary: Very fast compared to HDD, but this drive will slow down over time so you'll have to wipe and restore this drive every 2-6 months depending on the amount of use. Buy the 160gb version which supports TRIM or better yet, wait 8-10 months when the price for SSD's should start to drop.
Pros: Small, silent, runs cool, oh and by the way, FAST, FAST, FAST. Seek time = next to nothing!
Cons: Cost. No physical platter to retrieve data from in case of failure. G1 unit does not support TRIM. Size. The 80GB translates to 75.6 useable, Vista 64 consumed 1/3 of that. After loading on all my apps, I only had about 25GB left.
Summary: This product by Intel is extremely good. While the price is a little high for the amount of storage that you get, you must keep in mind that this is a Solid State Drive. That means there are no moving parts in this drive, similar to flash storage in new phones and ipod touchs. This makes for amazing read and write speeds as well as a sturdy drive. You could easily drop this, though I wouldn't suggest it, and it would probably still work.