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Intel X25-M 120 GB Solid State Drive with Internal SATA and Power Cables MLC Flash Technology, 2.5-Inch Form Factor

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Product Features

  • No moving parts for high reliability and battery life
  • Consumes less power than a traditional hard drive
  • Get the quality and reliability you expect from Intel
  • Form Factor:2.5"
  • Storage Controller Type:Serial ATA

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 4.6 x 14.5 cm ; 299 g
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: SSDSA2MH120G2K5
  • ASIN: B00486UR2I
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 22 2010
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,243 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

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The Intel X25-M Mainstream 120 GB SATA solid-state drive provides faster disk performance and greater durability than traditional spinning platter drives. It stores data using 34 nm multi-level cell NAND flash memory. The internal SATA interface offers data throughput of up to 3.0 Gb/s. A downloadable Intel SSD Toolbox application helps you manage the health and optimize the performance of the drive. The X25-M is RoHS compliant and uses less power than traditional hard drives.

Intel X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid State Drive

Intel X25-M 120 GB
Solid State Drive

At a Glance:


  • 120 GB of solid state storage
  • 34 nm multi-level cell NAND flash memory
  • 3.0 Gb/s SATA interface
  • No moving parts for better reliability and performance
  • Intel SSD Toolbox application offers health monitoring and optimization
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Everything you need for easy installation is included in the box. View larger.
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The Intel Data Migration Software makes upgrading to an Intel SSD easy and painless. View larger.
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The Intel SSD Toolbox lets you easily optimize the performance of your drive. View larger.
Solid-State Storage for Efficient Operation

The X25-M uses flash memory for storage, giving you faster data access. Because it doesn't have spinning disks or writing heads, there are fewer parts to fail. It is less susceptible to vibration and runs silently. The X25-M is rated at 1.2 million hours mean time before failure.

The drive is designed for both notebook and desktop computers, and its 2.5-inch form factor will fit anywhere a regular 2.5-inch hard drive does. The X25-M also comes in 80 GB and 160 GB capacities.

Performs Faster with NAND Flash Memory

The X25-M drive's architecture uses ten parallel NAND flash channels equipped with 34 nm multi-level cell NAND flash memory. Native Command Queuing, which enables up to 32 simultaneous operations, helps the X25-M deliver sustained sequential read speeds of up to 250 MB/s, sustained sequential write speeds of up to 100 MB/s, and a read latency of 65 microseconds. Combined with the drive's SATA interface that offers data throughput of up to 3.0 Gb/s, this design means that applications launch quickly, files copy in less time, and overall computing power increases.

Optimize Performance with the Intel SSD Toolbox

Intel offers the Intel SSD Toolbox application with Intel SSD Optimizer to help you manage the health and performance of your drive. This set of management, information, and diagnostic tools includes Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) commands. It is designed to run on Microsoft Windows 7 and is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista and XP.

Easy Installation with Data Migration Software

Intel makes installing an SSD simple and painless by including necessary cables and providing a free software download for the Intel Data Migration Software. The Data Migration Software helps you migrate your data, applications, and operating system from your current drive to a new Intel Solid-State Drive with just a simple click. The Intel Data Migration Software supports Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, and XP.

Lower Power Consumption Reduces Environmental Impact

The X25-M consumes less power than traditional drives, which saves you money and makes this drive . When installed in a laptop, the X25-M provides better battery life. The drive is certified RoHS compliant for its use of non-hazardous materials.

The X25-M is backed by a three-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box

Intel X25-M Mainstream 120 GB SATA solid-state drive, power cables, manual, sticker and 3.5" desktop drive bay adapter, screws, and installation guide.


Intel Solid State Drive Comparison
Intel X25-M 160 GB Solid State Drive Intel X25-M 120 GB Solid State Drive Intel X25-M 80 GB Solid State Drive Intel X25-V 40 GB Solid State Drive
Storage Capacity 160 GB 120 GB 80 GB 40 GB
Interface SATA 1.5 Gb/sec and 3.0 Gb/sec SATA 1.5 Gb/sec and 3.0 Gb/sec SATA 1.5 Gb/sec and 3.0 Gb/sec SATA 1.5 Gb/sec and 3.0 Gb/sec
Power Consumption Active: 150mW typical; Idle: 75mW typical Active: 150mW typical; Idle: 75mW typical Active: 150mW typical; Idle: 75mW typical Active: 150mW typical; Idle: 75mW typical
Drive Height 2.5-inch Industry Standard Hard Drive Form Factor 2.5-inch Industry Standard Hard Drive Form Factor 2.5-inch Industry Standard Hard Drive Form Factor 2.5-inch Industry Standard Hard Drive Form Factor
Flash Memory Used Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND
Memory Manufacturing Process 34nm 34nm 34nm 34nm
Mean Time Between Failure 1.2 million hours 1.2 million hours 1.2 million hours 1.2 million hours
Sustained Sequential Read Speeds Up to 250 MB/sec Up to 250 MB/sec Up to 250 MB/sec Up to 170 MB/sec
Sustained Seequential Write Speeds Up to 100 MB/sec Up to 100 MB/sec Up to 70 MB/sec Up to 35 MB/sec
RoHS and Halogen Free Compliance Yes Yes Yes Yes
Available Tools Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer

Product Description

Intel 120GB X25M SSD 34nmIntel X25-M Mainstream SolidState Drive - X25-M, 120GB, MLC, 2.5\", 9.5 mm, 34nm Product Line - solid state drive, MM# 910281

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  66 reviews
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intel X25-M 120GB or OCZ Vertex 2 120GB? Jan. 14 2011
By John S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I've debated a long time between either the Intel X25-M 120GB or OCZ Vertex 2 120GB and it basically came down to reliability. The latest SSD reliability rating shows the failure rates as:

Intel 0.59%
Corsair 2.17%
Crucial 2.25%
Kingston 2.39%
OCZ 2.93%

Reference: French Hardware.fr

I've read too many reviews on both Newegg & Amazon with so many 1 star ratings on the OCZ drives that I just couldn't buy it.

With reads up to 250MB and writes up to 100MB, this is more than enough for most users.

If you are trying to decide between the 80GB vs the 120GB Intel X25-M G2, do yourself a favor and get the 120GB. It's the best bang for the buck between the 80GB, 120GB, and 160GB.

I'm not going to tell you how many seconds it takes to boot up or shut down because that is going to depend on your system, but I can tell you that it's really fast.

Don't buy an SSD thinking it will blow your mind. I knew exactly what to expect and it has exceeded far beyond my expectations.

The best way to describe the feel of an SSD vs HDD is comparing the shutter speeds from a DSLR vs a P&S digital camera. The lag difference is like night and day.

Opening light programs like browsers, word, excel, windows media player is almost instant.

Opening heavier programs like photoshop or windows xp mode is basically cut in half.

You will notice a bigger difference if your hard drive was the weakest link from your Windows Experience Index.

Previously my score was as followed:

Processor: 6.0
Memory: 6.0
Graphics: 6.5
Gaming graphics: 6.5
Primary hard disk: 5.4

Now my primary hard disk is: 7.8

I partitioned my SSD as followed:

50GB (OS & Programs)
50GB (Files)
11.69 (Unallocated)

It is highly recommended to leave at least 10% of your SSD unpartitioned so the SSD can utilize the free space to reduces write amplification to the drive.

If I could rate this 6 stars, I would. If you are impatient like me, then you don't need to think twice about upgrading to this SSD.
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intel X25M 120 GB SSD - So Far, So Good Nov. 24 2010
By K-Man - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Installed this drive as my Win 7 (64 bit) boot drive, replacing an older 500 GB drive that is now serving as a data drive. This is my first SSD and so far, I am liking the speedup of the boot process. The drive is only a 3 GB SATA II drive but it is quite a boost from a spindle-based drive. I wound up installing fresh onto the SSD instead of cloning/migrating my previous setup.

One note about the "K5" version of this drive is that a mounting bracket (2.5in to 3.5in) *IS* included in the Intel packaging, making the purchase of the suggested Silverstone bracket unnecessary, though the Silverstone bracket does offer a second mounting option in the same 3.5in form factor that the included Intel bracket does *NOT* offer. So just be forewarned if you aren't sure about whether you *need* to buy mounting hardware.

Win7 64bit install takes up close to 30 GB so I still have plenty of space left on the drive for program installations.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highest MB/S and GB/$ as of Jan 2011 Jan. 11 2011
By Handyman - Published on Amazon.com
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i have several Intel SSDs.
This one offers both the highest capacity per dollar and the highest transfer speed per dollar.

Intel 40GB / $109 = $2.725 per gigabyte with 35MB/s write speed
Intel 80GB / $179 = $2.237 per gigabyte with 70MB/s write speed
Intel 120GB / $229 = $1.908 per gigabyte with 100MB/s write speed
Intel 160GB / $399 = $2.493 per gigabyte with 100MB/s write speed

Highly recommended! The Intel SSD toolkit is only needed if you use it with older OS like XP.
Reliability is great. I own 5 intel SSDs for over a year and not a single failure.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newer version is available April 11 2011
By Y. Shin - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best computer upgrade Feb. 14 2011
By FlyingPolarBear - Published on Amazon.com
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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! It wasn't the memory or CPU after all, it was the slow disk access that was making the UI feel sluggish before. Now, large applications install in a second or two rather than minutes. Application windows pop up much faster. Web browsing is lightning fast. My Windows Experience Score for the disk subsystem changed from 5.1 to 7.1.

Before I bought two of these SSD drives I was thinking of putting them in RAID 0, but I am glad I kept them configured as single drives because they are plenty fast, and this way it can take take advantage of the Win7 TRIM command to maintain the drive memory cells after writes (currently it's not possible to use TRIM in a RAID configuration). Think of TRIM as the SSD housekeeping issue - much different from defrag on mechanical drives, but both types of drives need their respective automatic maintenance.

If you can't decide on what part of the computer to upgrade - try this first! It may be that the hard drive is really the bottleneck, as I discovered. 120GB is a good capacity for a boot drive. A full featured Windows 7 install along with a few applications typically uses up around 30GB or more.

This package comes with a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket, a SATA cable, a short power cable, various mounting screws, and a CD guide.

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