Saturday, March 19, 2011

Intel 120GB X25-M SATA Solid State Drive Benchmarks

A few weeks ago I beefed up my desktop computer by adding an Intel 120GB X25-M Solid State Drive (SSD) model number: SSDSA2MH120G2K5. I found the Intel drive on Amazon for about $200 and since the reviews were amazing I purchased it. Previously my desktop had a platter based Western Digital 1TB hard drive which I've now made my backup drive.

As I've done previously with my MacBook Air's SSD and a coworker's MacBook Pro SSD I've done some benchmarking on the 120GB X25-M SSD drive. To give you some background on the drive here's what SSD Life had to say about my new drive:


While it hasn't finished calculating the lifetime, the drive's health is 100%. (Good way to detect if the drive was refurbished!) It's also important to note the drive supports TRIM which means I shouldn't see huge performance decreases over time like I have with my MacBook Air.

Now for some more interesting numbers here's what AS SSD Benchmark 1.5.3784 had to say about the Intel drive:

Pretty fast times when compared to my previous (albeit laptop) SSDs. The benchmark sequential read times were 242.3 MB/second while sequential writes were around 107.14 MB/second. Compare this to the advertised "up to" 250 MB/second sequential reads and 100 MB/second sequential writes and I'm happy. I'll rerun the benchmarks in six months to see what if any changes TRIM has.

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