Summary: I got this drive specifically because I wanted to upgrade to an SSD, but was still using Windows XP. Intel provides a toolbox for optimizing this drive on systems that do not have a TRIM supported operating system (e.g. Win. XP); however, the optimization tool never worked for me.
Pros: More responsive than HDDs.
Cons: Price, Intel Optimization Toolbox doesn't work completely. 40GB is a little small for a boot drive, 64GB is a better size.
Summary: I'm making my comparisons to 2x 74GB Raptors in RAID0, Vista x64, from a fresh install and an image of my previous setup. Also did most of the tweaks that's out there. I'll keep my RAID setup and wait for more price drops.
Pros: - Noticeable speed increase for my startup programs. - Reduced lag during some operations
Cons: Not enough of a speed increase to justify the price. (Even though I only paid $70)
Summary: Restarting my computer is annoying so i sometimes just let it sleep at night but other times i just turn it off and i know when i turn it off its a task to get it back on.
Pros: Installed Windows 7 & and All my apps that start up when first going into the os. Very quick and less then maybe 10 seconds for everything to load.
Cons: I get a blue screen after the bios loads. i am forced to restart my computer and then it loads no problem and it runs fine. i took a friends hard drive with his copy of windows 7 on it & took out the SSD and my new computer has no problems after the bios.
Summary: I bought two of these just to goof around with and see if purchasing some with more storage would be worth the price. Intel gives you free access to their data migration software which checks to be sure you have an Intel SSD in order to work.
Summary: came from 10k rpm raptors. bootup/shutdown times in fairly blank win7 system comparable. app launching times also comparable. seq read/write is atrocious compared with raptors.
Pros: when on sale, it's a decent buy. random read/write perf is awesome, no noise, very low power consumption.
Cons: performance isn't all that for sequential reads/writes, so unless you're getting this at 80$, don't expect to be blown away. not only are half the ram chips gone, but compared to 80gb G2, performance is also about half to a little worse than half. when used in raid0, its perf increases greatly, b...
Pros: Peppy, but not so blazing fast as everyone is talking. I had WD black caviar before that with 7200 rpm and 32mb cache, and while this thing is definately peppier, for me it wasn't breath taking difference.
Cons: I installed the new firmware, but every now and then the drive slows down dramatically. I can't tell what is causing it, some W7 command or whatever, but it takes forever to open anything. Restart fixes it, and then it's great for a few days, and then again one day it becomes really slow and need...