Availability of Intel X25M 160GB

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pagga, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. Pagga macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2009
    Closer to the Artic circle than I like to be
  2. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009

    so far, i've heard numerous pretty good feedbacks regarding Intel X25 Postville SSD

    a bit slower in writing performance but the most likely to be compatible with our MBP EFI 1.7

    followed by Patriot Torqx / M28

    i'm also living in Europe and it's pretty tough to find it available here, especially with a decent price :(

    i'm still waiting for SL to arrive on Sat or Mon, and i'll make my move

    maybe going for the Patriot
  3. jedijoe macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    selling fast for sure

    I got mine from newegg. Signed up for auto-notify, came in stock days before newegg listed its estimated arrival.

    I got the notify @ 2:00PM, order was placed by 2:05PM. By 3:00PM it was already out-of-stock...
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    These things are just hard to get. I dont know why Intel is taking forever to ship them out ot retailers.
  5. macinla macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    jedijoe - I see in your signature that you have a 17" MBP. I'm planning on buying the exact same machine w/ a X-25. Did you put your X-25 Gen 2 in it yet?

    I have a 160GB Intel SSD (Gen2) sitting on my desk, just missing the MacBook Pro...
  6. jedijoe macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    No, I am still waiting shipment, hopefully it arrives by tomorrow .. I would like to have a nice new X25 + Snow Leopard party for myself :p
  7. macinla macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Great! Please post your experiences.
  8. bamf macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2008
    I'm anxiously awaiting mine as well. I ordered from ANTonline (through Amazon) on the 20th b/c they showed them in stock - while NewEgg did not have them.

    I have to say, ANTonline's customer service leaves something to be desired. I've been trying for 24 hours now to get a status to see whether or not the item has even shipped - and they can't tell me.

    Hopefully it's on it's way to me so I too can have some Snow Leopard/X25-M delight tomorrow!
  9. Chop69 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2009
    My X25-M is with the UPS man right now. I got it through Electronica Direct (through Amazon) and am reasonable pleased. I paid a little more than I would have liked ($504 for a 160GB with overnight shipping) but once the SL release date was announced, I wanted to get both at the same time.

    Looks like a few of us will be doing the X25/SL upgrade tomorrow.
  10. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    Man, oh man. I'm waiting for the 320GB version... Given the trouble Intel is having getting the 160GB out in sufficient quantity, I guess I'll be waiting a while.

    Shortages will keep prices from dropping, too, I guess. Got to be patient... Boy would I love to have a shiny new X25, though...

    Good luck.
  11. jedijoe macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    I thought the same way. Wait for the 320GB.. But you know its going to be $600+ if the 160GB is $440+. And all the quality review sites, like Anandtech, Arstechnica, predict its going to be a while before we see 320GB version. Plus with Snow Leopard shedding off 7GB-10GB of excess weight, that will help ease some space issues going from 500GB down to 160GB :)

    Price, Snow Leopard diet, and 320GB version not yet on a consumer visible roadmap lead just to pull the trigger on the 160...
  12. norsemen macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2007
  13. jedijoe macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2005
    Boulder, CO
  14. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    are there some US online merchants shipping internationally in order for me to order a Intel X25 ?
  15. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  16. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009

    newegg doesn't ship intl'lly

    i don't buy electronics on ebay, too risky (fakes)
  17. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    Got mine today & it's fast. Some comparisons w. X Bench.

    13 MBP 2.26 Proc.
    X Bench
    Results 198.84
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.5.7 (9J3050)
    Physical RAM 4096 MB
    Model MacBookPro5,5
    Drive Type INTEL SSDSA2M160G2GC
    CPU Test 152.90
    GCD Loop 263.85 13.91 Mops/sec
    Floating Point Basic 128.12 3.04 Gflop/sec
    vecLib FFT 107.48 3.55 Gflop/sec
    Floating Point Library 190.09 33.10 Mops/sec
    Thread Test 250.23
    Computation 386.08 7.82 Mops/sec, 4 threads
    Lock Contention 185.10 7.96 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
    Memory Test 172.78
    System 187.07
    Allocate 184.89 678.99 Kalloc/sec
    Fill 174.87 8502.78 MB/sec
    Copy 203.67 4206.69 MB/sec
    Stream 160.52
    Copy 153.97 3180.21 MB/sec
    Scale 151.85 3137.25 MB/sec
    Add 169.45 3609.56 MB/sec
    Triad 168.43 3603.03 MB/sec
    Quartz Graphics Test 187.79
    Line 169.98 11.32 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    Rectangle 222.97 66.57 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    Circle 181.28 14.78 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    Bezier 175.18 4.42 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    Text 198.68 12.43 Kchars/sec
    OpenGL Graphics Test 146.83
    Spinning Squares 146.83 186.27 frames/sec
    User Interface Test 325.25
    Elements 325.25 1.49 Krefresh/sec
    Disk Test 272.48
    Sequential 178.27
    Uncached Write 162.77 99.94 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 151.67 85.82 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 137.76 40.32 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 409.55 205.84 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 577.79
    Uncached Write 668.37 70.75 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 271.98 87.07 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 1395.73 9.89 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 967.53 179.53 MB/sec [256K blocks]

    Same MBP w. Scorpio Blue 500GB:

    Results 138.38
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.5.8 (9L31a)
    Physical RAM 4096 MB
    Model MacBookPro5,5
    Drive Type WDC WD5000BEVT-22ZAT0
    CPU Test 140.27
    GCD Loop 256.89 13.54 Mops/sec
    Floating Point Basic 128.24 3.05 Gflop/sec
    vecLib FFT 86.81 2.86 Gflop/sec
    Floating Point Library 188.44 32.81 Mops/sec
    Thread Test 275.30
    Computation 351.38 7.12 Mops/sec, 4 threads
    Lock Contention 226.30 9.74 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
    Memory Test 185.38
    System 211.84
    Allocate 267.22 981.31 Kalloc/sec
    Fill 175.41 8528.78 MB/sec
    Copy 211.92 4377.19 MB/sec
    Stream 164.79
    Copy 157.06 3244.09 MB/sec
    Scale 155.89 3220.66 MB/sec
    Add 174.50 3717.19 MB/sec
    Triad 173.60 3713.69 MB/sec
    Quartz Graphics Test 184.82
    Line 169.94 11.31 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    Rectangle 220.49 65.83 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    Circle 181.47 14.79 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    Bezier 178.81 4.51 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    Text 180.83 11.31 Kchars/sec
    OpenGL Graphics Test 145.81
    Spinning Squares 145.81 184.97 frames/sec
    User Interface Test 236.75
    Elements 236.75 1.09 Krefresh/sec
    Disk Test 55.75
    Sequential 93.14
    Uncached Write 95.53 58.65 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 118.01 66.77 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 59.79 17.50 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 137.40 69.06 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 39.78
    Uncached Write 14.38 1.52 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 124.01 39.70 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 67.46 0.48 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 123.27 22.87 MB/sec [256K blocks]

    MBA Samsung/Apple 128GB SSD:
    Disk Test 86.01
    Sequential 68.76
    Uncached Write 65.37 40.13 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 65.75 37.20 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 45.27 13.25 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 179.29 90.11 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 114.82
    Uncached Write 51.29 5.43 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 80.03 25.62 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 1395.37 9.89 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 469.52 87.12 MB/sec [256K blocks]
  18. spike8585 macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2009
    Newegg Canada has 80gig 'activated'

    Just checked newegg.ca for the 160gig, but it is still deactivated. But the 80gig is now 'activated' and has a 'auto notify' button for $279.99. Has an expected delivery of Sept 2nd. Not to shabby, but I must wait for the 160 gig.
    Sooooo excited. I dont think I will install SL until i can find my intel ssd.

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016&Tpk=x25 g2
  19. jedijoe macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    Xbench Results

    17" June 2009 MBP, 3.06Ghz, 8GB memory, Intel X25-M 160GB G2.

    Xbench Disk Test only.
    Results	249.31	
    	System Info		
    		Xbench Version		1.3
    		System Version		10.6 (10A432)
    		Physical RAM		8192 MB
    		Model		MacBookPro5,2
    		Drive Type		INTEL SSDSA2M160G2GC
    	Disk Test	249.31	
    		Sequential	159.15	
    			Uncached Write	159.48	97.92 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	109.15	61.76 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	138.53	40.54 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	402.75	202.42 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    		Random	575.16	
    			Uncached Write	667.36	70.65 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Write	264.53	84.69 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	1618.69	11.47 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    			Uncached Read	945.15	175.38 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    When I benchmarked it right after installing Snow Leopard I was getting 244 MB/sec on the Uncached Read. For whatever reason now, I can't seem to break the 210 MB/sec mark. Oh well, the random read/write performance is nice and things are definitely faster.

    The speedup is clearly noticeable, but I've been on a Desktop system using a RAID-0 x4 SAS configuration before and things felt this fast also, but with a laptop, 4x RAID-0 is not a possibility, so I very happy.

    Side note, when I bought this from newegg is was the OEM version, which was only $440, now newegg seems to only list the Retail box version and its at $500...
  20. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Seems fine to me. I can't hit greater than 210MB/s uncached read either. This is the way XBench operates, you will get a margin of fluctuation in the readings. Best is to take the highest out of 3 readings, you'll see variations in each. :)
  21. macinla macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    fehhkk and jedijoe -

    No beachball issues with your systems?

    I did read that most 17" systems do not show the issue (as experienced with 13" and 15" w/ EFI 1.7) but also read that some 17" users did report the issue. Looks like both of your systems are good to go then. I have a 160GB X25 G2 sitting here and about to order a 17 uMBP but wanted to first make sure I won't get a crippled system that some are experiencing when putting in 3rd party drives.
  22. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
  23. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Since I got mine early, mine came with EFI 1.6. I upgraded to EFI 1.7 and no issues. No issues with beachballs at all whatsoever, with hard drives or with the SSD.
  24. jedijoe macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    I've been using it since Friday and it started with a fresh install of Snow Leopard, but I haven't had any issues or random beach balling. Hopefully that doesn't change :p

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