Intel X25-M G2 160GB review

The 2nd generation Intel SSD upgrades its firmware for TRIM

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  • Great read throughput
  • Great random performance results
  • Proven long term performance


  • Intel's update support

When Intel decides to take on a technological challenge, it doesn't arse about. Nope, it crushes the problem with military force.

However, with Intel's might also comes a lumbering clumsiness. On occasion, you can see the massive bureaucracy struggle to change direction in response to events. So it was with Intel's early SSDs, which suffered from rapidly degrading performance.

More recently, Intel made it known that owners of its first generation drives wouldn't receive the update to support the TRIM command. Not cool.

The next generation

This second generation 160GB X24-M drive did, of course, get the TRIM update. In the mean time, the X25-M's established strengths in terms of random read and write performance remain.

For proof, observe the solid 4K benchmark numbers and competitive real-world app results. Despite the relatively lowly sub-100MB/s sequential write performance, this is still a quick drive and one that performs very well in our overall value, performance and capacity index.

The results are even more impressive when you consider that our test drive isn't box fresh.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameIntel
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity160 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate250 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate70 MBps
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product ModelX25-M
Product NameX25-M MLC Solid State Drive
Hot SwappableYes
Manufacturer Part NumberSSDSA2MH160G2
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Intel X25-M SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD) brings a new level of performance and reliability to laptop and desktop PC storage. Unlike traditional hard disk drives, this Intel solid-state drive has no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, highly rugged storage solution that also offers faster system responsiveness. And for laptop PCs, the lower power needs of Intel SSD translates to longer battery life and lighter notebooks. Higher performance with more durability means you can be truly mobile with confidence.