X25-M SSD Intel vs Kingston

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

  1. aaphid macrumors member

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  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I would go with a genuine Intel one. It says either G1 or G2 on it.
     
  3. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

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    I looked that those, but the kingston offerrings are rebranded G1 drives, I'd buy only G2 drives at this point in the game.
     
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    Intel drives have 40MB/s extra write v Kingston SSDs
     
  5. ymarker macrumors member

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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.
     
  6. aaphid thread starter macrumors member

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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.
     
  7. FireArse macrumors 6502a

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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
     
  8. tomashi macrumors regular

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

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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:
     
  10. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...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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