Which model of the Intel X25-M SSD should I buy?

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  1. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Hi!

    Actually, I had my mind set on getting a 7200 RPM harddrive for my future MacBook Pro, but after reading about these Intel SSD's, I really want one! :D

    But I am very confused as to which model I should buy. I have seen three different models of the 80 GB X25-M.

    There's an all black one, there's a silver one, and there's a silver one with a black border. See the attached pictures.

    I have heard something about 1st gen and 2nd gen of this particular drive, but which is which?

    Please give some advice. I have zero experience with Solid State Drives.
    I basically want to know which Intel SSD (80 GB) I should buy for my MacBook Pro.

    - Thanks! :)
     

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  2. crazymac2010 macrumors newbie

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    the bottom one. i prefer buy the retail one instead of the OEM
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I think the black one is retail and other ones are OEM, not sure though. NewEgg has the OEM version for 195$

    EDIT: Looks like the black one is Extreme, bottom one is retail/OEM and the silver one is just something, maybe just difference color
     
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  5. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

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    The bottom one is the G2 (newest) version based on the small (32nm?) architecture. The upper drives are the older, G1 retail and OEM versions (based on the larger (45nm?) architecture).

    You'll want to buy the G2 version, and update the firmware to the latest version. I posted a link to the firmware update page for this drive in an earlier post, lmk if you can't find it and I'll repost.
     
  6. cyclical macrumors regular

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    Black is X-25M G1, Silver on the bottom with the black spacer attached is X-25M G2 "Postville". The silver on the top-right is the X-25V.

    Get the X-25M G2.
     
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  9. cyclical macrumors regular

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    My bad - seems the X-25V and X-25M G2 look the same :)
     
  10. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    Cool and thanks, atm for me I'm torn between that and the Crucial C300 and was getting concerned that people were saying that was the older one.
     
  11. JTToft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for all your replies! :)

    Am I to understand that as long as it says "Intel X25-M G2", I should be OK?
    And there isn't one Generation 2 that's better than the other?
     
  12. cyclical macrumors regular

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    Yes. They're also referred to by the name "Postville".

    They come in 80GB and 160GB capacities. Of the two, the 160GB model is slightly faster.
     
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    Yeah, due density but that will only affect maximum read&write speed, not the latency (which is the thing in SSDs ;))
     
  14. JTToft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    - Okay. Thanks.

    - Good to know. But the 160GB is out of the question. I simply can't afford it.
    I just need to figure out how I'll manage to get by with only 80GB...
     
  15. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    I have Adobe Creative Design Suite Premium, Office 08, Warcraft 3, a gig of various games, and a 3 gig iPhoto library and 1 gig of DeviantArt saves and I top out at 28 gigs.
    I keep my iTunes on the hard drive I replaced in my Macbook. Just bought an external Usb enclosure. A little slim one.
    If you want the speed, you will make room.
     
  16. JTToft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    - I think I will manage. :)
    But the thing is, I need to have my iTunes library (currently, it's 22 GB) on the SSD. I really don't want to depend on an external harddrive when I want to listen to music. That's too impractical.

    I am used to having a 250 GB 7200 RPM harddrive in my laptop, but I'll just store some of my rarely-used stuff on an external harddrive. :)
     
  17. cyclical macrumors regular

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    Replacing your Superdrive with a hard drive is an option...
     
  18. JTToft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    - Sure it is. But not a very good one. I need the SuperDrive.
    I would love the extra storage space this gives me, but right now I just can't do without an optical drive.
     
  19. Hellhammer Moderator

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    You can get an external USB DVD drive....
     
  20. JTToft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    - I know. And I own one. But I don't want to carry that with me everywhere I go.

    I want my laptop to be fully functional whereever I am.

    - Thanks for all your help! :)
     

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