X25-M SSD Intel vs Kingston

ymarker

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Sep 6, 2009
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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.
 

aaphid

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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...
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/965/10/
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...
http://www.kingston.com/ssd/m-series.asp
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.
 

FireArse

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Ssd

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!

F
 

tomashi

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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!

F

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

Transporteur

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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:
 

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