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    Intel X25-V

    I'm considering buying an Intel X25-V 40GB SSD from Scan and I was wondering whether any of you guys have any experience of it or views about it. There are very few reviews of it around as it is a reasonably new product!

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    I'm a bit lazy so I'll post what I've written in my own thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulti View Post
    Update: They managed to dispatch the order yesterday at 10am and I received it in the post this morning delivered by RM.

    I was being stupid and didn't install the AHCI drivers before installing everything but luckily there's a little trick to enable it. Performance then shot right up and I can seriously feel how fast the drive is. Right now I've installed all the main things I use onto the SSD.

    My previous hard drive was a single Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
    New boot drive is a single Intel X25-V 40GB

    Windows Experience Index for HDD increased from 5.9 to 7.5. I haven't installed any SSD related tweaking programs as I'm happy with the performance, just turned on AHCI in the BIOS and installed the drivers.



    Funny how it states my CPU is the weakest "link" in my pc, I really don't agree haha.

    HDTune performance has increased quite a bit too:

    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB:



    Intel X25-V 40GB:



    Boot time certainly is faster too. Whilst searching on how to enable AHCI after installing W7, I found out that my board will boot slightly faster if I use certain SATA ports so I've changed the setup.

    SATA Mode on IDE and WD Black 640GB as boot drive ~1min 0sec from pressing On to Firefox being up.

    SATA Mode on IDE and Intel X25-V 40GB as boot drive ~45sec from pressing On button to Firefox being up.

    SATA Mode on ACHI and Intel X25-V 40GB as boot drive ~40sec from pressing On button to Firefox being up.

    Takes 17 seconds to reach the BIOS screen with the "Press <DEL> to enter setup" etc.
    Takes 25 seconds to reach the black screen where the W7 logo begins loading up.

    WD Black 640GB was timed today so it wasn't a clean install, same goes for the Intel X25-V.

    I barely even see the blue "Welcome" screen now and the desktop is usable straight away too.

    Overall I'm very happy about the SSD. You can see that I've used aproximately 56% of the SSD after installing W7 and my main programs.

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    Thank you, that's really interesting!
    Would you be able to explain the AHCI stuff at the top? I'm afraid I'm not very familiar with the concept!

    Thanks,

    Tim

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    I have no idea how AHCI actually works, all I know is that pretty much all motherboards that support SATA will allow you to select IDE/AHCI or RAID mode. (RAID is only available with motherboards that support "RAID-ing" though)

    I'm guessing that AHCI allows more bandwidth or something because with a SSD it increases performance by a small though significant amount.

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    Okay, thanks for your help.

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    @Ulti

    Wanna post your write speeds please?

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    Any good benchmark to do so?

    It's not really an important factor though, especially for this SSD as it's only a 40GB one so most people will only dump the OS and a few essential programs on there.

    Also forgot to say that installing programs onto the SSD is ultra fast.

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    Was looking at picking one of these up today, can't decide whether or not to just spend the extra and get a Kingston though
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    Get which Kingston? If you're talking about the 64GB first gen Kingston ones then I'd go with the Intel any day from what I've heard.

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    Was looking at picking one of these up today, can't decide whether or not to just spend the extra and get a Kingston though
    same here, though i have also spotted some decent prices on the crucial m225's (£135 delivered after quidco direct from Crucial) and am wondering if this is better than the kingstons?

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulti View Post
    Get which Kingston? If you're talking about the 64GB first gen Kingston ones then I'd go with the Intel any day from what I've heard.
    The newer ones are Toshiba and support TRIM, after looking at the benchmarks the extra space seems worth it over the performance drop compared to the M-25.
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
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    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    Same boat here. It doesn't help when most reviews seem incapable of comparing like for like. There seems to be a huge difference in performance between capacities on the same model, so why I'd want to see a comparison between a 64GB Crucial drive and a 160GB Intel one I will never know. I'm yet to find a decent review with the 64GB Crucial, 40GB Intel and 64GB Kingston V+. TBH though I think SSDs are still that little bit too expensive, £70-£80 for 40GB, £100-£120 for 64GB and £150 for 80GB would be more like it. Can't decide whether to bother or not.
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    Re: Intel X25-V

    The Kingston is circa £120 isn't it ?
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    I've been told that this is better than the Intel, is that correct?:

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    Re: Intel X25-V

    I've got a 40GB X25-V inside a small Acer Aspire - it's in IDE mode, I think, with XP. Does the job fine, but I don't really use the PC much at all - it's mainly a bedside radio and Isposure benchmark PC. I can do a benchmark if anyone really wants/needs one - just tell me which app to use.

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