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Intel X25-M G2 (34 nm) 160 GB Solid State Drive

Intel is one of the world's leading manufacturers of solid state drives (SSDs) and NAND flash memory chips - the very foundation of solid state drives and USB flash drives. They currently offer three lines of solid state drives :

  • Intel X25-E Extreme SSDs
    - Extreme performance and reliability for servers, storage and workstations
  • Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDs
    - High-performance 2.5" SSDs for laptops
  • Intel X18-M Mainstream SSDs
    - High-performance 1.8" SSDs for netbooks

The Intel Mainstream series of 2.5" SSDs feature a native SATA interface with support for Native Command Queueing (up to 32 concurrent operations ), and an advanced architecture that employs 10 parallel NAND flash channels to deliver very fast transfer rates while utilizing multi-level cell NAND flash memory to reduce cost and increase storage capacity. To improve reliability, these mainstream SSDs use a proprietary write-leveling algorithm to spread the writes over the entire drive.

There are actually two variants of the X25-M mainstream SSD - the first-generation X25-M which is based on 50 nm NAND flash memory, and the second-generation X25-M based on 34 nm NAND flash memory. Today, we will be taking a look at the second-generation X25-M mainstream SSD, one with a storage capacity of 160 GB.

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Comprehensive Review



Form Factor

• 2.5"

NAND Flash Type

• Multi-Level Cell (MLC)

Formatted Capacity

• 160,041,885,696 bytes

Cache Buffer

• Unknown

Memory Channels

• 10 Parallel Channels

Input/Output Operations Per Second

• 4 K Read : Up to 35,000
• 4 K Write : Up to 8,600

Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 250 MB/s (sequential read)
• 100 MB/s (sequential write)

Maximum I/O Transfer Rate

• 3.0 Gbits/s

Average Access Time

• 65 µs (read)
• 85 µs (write)

Power On To Ready

• 1.50 seconds

Power Consumption

• 0.15 W (Active)
• 0.06 W (Idle)


• Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s

Supported SATA Data Transfer Mode

• 3.0 Gbits/s

SATA Hotplug Capability

• Yes

Maximum Height

• 9.5 mm
• 0.374 inches

Maximum Width

• 69.85 mm
• 2.75 inches

Maximum Length

• 100.2 mm
• 3.94 inches


• 80 grams

Power Requirements

• 5.0 V ± 5%

Ambient Temperature

• 0 °C to 70 °C (Operating)
• -55 °C to 95 °C (Non-Operating)

Maximum Shock

• 1500 G @ 0.5 msec (Operating)
• 1500 G @ 0.5 msec (Non-Operating)

Maximum Vibration

• 2.17 G @ 5-700 Hz (Operating)
• 3.13 G @ 5-800 Hz (Non-Operating)

Maximum Altitude

• -1,000 feet to +40,000 feet (Tested)

Drive Acoustics

• 0 dBA

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• 1 sector (512-bits) per 1016 bits read

Data Integrity

• Minimum 5 years


• Read : Unlimited
• Write : Minimum 5 years @ 20 GB write-erase / day
• 50,000 power on/off cycles
• 250 insertion cycles


• Over 1,200,000 hours


• 3 Years Limited Warranty


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