Summary: The old stock 80 GB hard drive ran slow and very hot. The 160 GB SDD had twice the capacity, ran cooler and faster and gave my old laptop a new look on life. I am quite pleased with this particular purchase.
Summary: Boot-up time is many times shorter. Shutdown time is also many times shorter. Application opens very fast too. I use this as OS drive on my desktop. The Acronis cloning software that came with it just works as stated on the installation procedure. Very smooth switching from my old HDD to the Intel SS drive. I'll purchase the SATA III when I am ready to upgrade my motherboard. Great product.
Summary: I replaced my boot hard drive with this unit, and it is much faster on boot up, plus it doesn't seem to cause the sporadic slow-downs that happened with my spinning hard drive. It's been working well for 2+ months now.
Summary: I have used this SSD in three different computers now and it worked amazingly in each one. I've had it in a 2009 MacBook Pro, 2010 MacBook Pro, and now a 2009 MacBook (which is actually a ModBook). I tested the boot times with each swap out and there is a huge difference, about 40 seconds. Programs load faster, files save faster. It is simply an awesome SSD. I'm not sure how the newer versions of this SSD compares.
Drastic performance increase, even for mediocre laptop
Hassan Sahibzada, Amazon
11 June 2011
Summary: I've been using this SSD (the Intel X25-M G2 160GB) for a little over a year and a half now of about 2-3 hours of daily use on my laptop. No problem whatsoever, this is a solid product. The original drive was a 320GB (5400RPM) drive and boy did this SSD take this laptop from mildly slow to blazing fast. My laptop has a Turion X2 processor and 3GB of RAM, the specs are on the low end with respect to today's laptops.
Summary: A little bit about myself. I am a techie and do loads of stuff on my laptop for my job and for my hobbies. I compose music using my laptop and have dozens of very large VSTi plugins saved on my harddisk. Being a photo enthusiast, lots of photoshop work is also done often. I have a ASUS A8Jp which was bought in Germany in 2006 and still doing pretty well with a T7200 processor and 2Gig of RAM. The original harddisk died an year ago and since then I had a 160 Gig harddisk.
Summary: There's a newer version of this SSD from Intel. Search for "Intel SSD 320" Price is almost same ($9 difference as of Apr 11, 2011.) It's using 25nm compared to 34nm. Reading speed increased about 10%, writing speed about 30%. There's no reason to buy an older version when the price difference is so small.
Summary: So... I have recommended these for a number of customers when the switch to W7. Especially if the had performance concerns before. In many cases if you look at the task manager in windows and see plenty of free memory and the CPU usage is below 80% it's disk bound. That means the OS is constantly waiting on data from the disk. Highly recommended! While the absolute data rates on the Intels' may look slower because of the optimizations they feel faster.
Summary: A few years ago I built a custom computer and I wasn't sure why Windows 64-bit felt kind of sluggish (Abit IP35 Pro, Intel Q6600, 2x WD 750AAKS RAID 0, 8GB RAM). I figured the memory timing was just a bit slow, especially when combined with the 32 to 64 bit WoW64 translation layer. Or, I thought maybe I need a faster processor. Well I just added this Intel X25M as the Windows boot drive, and the difference is like night and day! I am blown away!