X25-M SSD Intel vs Kingston

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by aaphid, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. aaphid macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2009
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    I would go with a genuine Intel one. It says either G1 or G2 on it.
  3. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2009
    I looked that those, but the kingston offerrings are rebranded G1 drives, I'd buy only G2 drives at this point in the game.
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Intel drives have 40MB/s extra write v Kingston SSDs
  5. ymarker macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2009
    really depends on what size ssd you want. There is a great anandtech article that breaks it down as : 64gb/120gb go with indilinx (ocz and such), 80/160 go with intel.

    I have gen2 of intel ssd and just ordered a 120gb ssd from ocz (agility) with cashback should be around $260. The g2 80gb intel ssd retail was about $195 after cashback at newegg pre-bf sale. I paid about $200 after cashback some months back for the intel ssd g2.
  6. aaphid thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2009
    OK, so here's what I have found...

    Kingston SNM125-S2/xxGB are Gen 1 X25-M's.
    Kingston SNM225-S2/xxGB are Gen 2 X25-M's.

    If you go to this link...
    At the bottom of the page they say that
    "Legit Bottom Line: The Kingston SSDNow M Series SNM125-S2/80GB is identical to the Intel X25-M SSD."

    If you go here...
    and click "Tech Specs" you download a paper that is from Intel and has no mention of Kingston in it.

    But when I emailed Kingston they wouldn't confirm if the G1 or G2 drives really are identical.

    Bottom line...
    They most probably are exactly the same.
  7. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004

    I installed the 2-Gen Kingston drive in my 2006 Mac Pro & installed 10.6.

    I have never seen a Mac startup so quick. 23 seconds from start!

  8. tomashi macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008

    wait till you see one of the mbpro unibodies with an ssd. i'd say it's like 10 seconds
  9. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    That's because the MacBook doesn't have to check that much hardware during it's startup.

    I've got the Intel G2 in my Pro and still it takes almost a minute till it's up. The system has to wait till all magnetic drives are up, which can take a while as they don't spin up simultaneously.

    But hey, who cares about boot times on a desktop computer? It get's restarted once in a week. :rolleyes:
  10. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...SSD is still very new tech... wait another year until they get larger for the same price points they are now...

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