Intel X25-M review

  • £400

Does Intel's SSD still hold its own?

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Our Verdict

Intel's offering has simply fallen behind the rivals

For

  • Improved performance with recent firmware update

Against

  • Overall performance still behind other SSDs

Maintaining performance is the biggest worry concerning SSDs. For that reason, we hope that Intel will forgive us for reviewing a well-used X25-M. While the drive is put at a disadvantage, doing so sheds light on the issue of SSD longevity.

In hardware terms, Intel has made no notable changes to the X25-M since it launched last autumn. The drive looks good on paper with 250Mbps read and 70Mbps write speeds, 16MB of cache memory and 10 memory channels.

However, doubts regarding the X25-M's performance began to emerge last year. To fix this, Intel released a firmware patch in April. The good news is the patch does a great job of restoring performance to as-new in synthetic benchmarks. The bad news is that results in tests like file extraction are less impressive.

The X25-M proved slower than other SSDs. To what extent that's due to lingering controller problems is hard to say. What we can say with confidence, however, is that this drive has been left behind.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameIntel
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity80 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Maximum Read Transfer Rate250 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate70 MBps
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product ModelX25-M
Product NameX25-M Mainstream Solid State Drive
Hot SwappableYes
Manufacturer Part NumberSSDSA2MH080G101
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Intel X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD) brings a new level of performance and reliability.Unlike traditional hard disk drives, Intel X25-M Mainstream solid-state drives have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, highly rugged storage solution that also offers faster system responsiveness