Intel's X25-M G2 SSD Comes With a Shiny Silver Enclosure, 10% Performance Bump

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We've talked about the Intel's X-series SSD drives, but now there are benchmarks to go along with the speculation about Intel's claims and they're not a complete letdown.

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What's different? Intel is now using 16GB flash packages instead of 8GB packages, the DRAM size went up (yet clock speed went down?), and the black goo used over the prior generation's controller has been cleaned up.

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Illustration for article titled Intels X25-M G2 SSD Comes With a Shiny Silver Enclosure, 10% Performance Bump

All these changes boil down to no improvement on sequential read performance, a 7% improvement in sequential write performance, a 10% improvement in random read performance, and a whopping 40% increase in speed in random write performance.

Conclusion? The X25-M G2 seems like it lives up to Intel's bragging as it's about 0-40% faster than the last generation drive based on AnandTech's testing. This translates to an improvement of 0-10% in the real world. We were hoping for awesome improvement, but we're happy to have at least gotten some improvement. [AnandTech]

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Jeff Kibuule

Sad thing is that for laptops, these drives are too small, and for desktops, they need an adaptor to be secure in a case.

A 320GB would be perfect for me, but that's gonna cost nearly $1000. And if we say the price drops by 1/2 each year (extremely optimistic for such a sustained pace) and I would be willing to buy it at $200, then it's gonna take roughly 4 years before I'll be making a purchase. Sigh. =/