While SSDs are still a fairly new technology, it has certainly come a long way in the last couple of years. The choices in SSDs are increasing and the prices are also decreasing making it possible to own one without a second mortgage. Though SSDs are getting cheaper, they still aren't cheap, with larger ones still hitting some heavy figures. But even a smaller drive can make your system faster and INTEL has responded with the introduction of their 40GB Value Performance X25-V SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD).
One of the methods that people have used to get the best of both worlds with SSDs is by purchasing a smaller and cheaper SSD to use as a boot drive. By installing the OS onto the drive, you get the blazing fast start up times that SSDs are known for while packing all your other files or large programs onto a hard drive. INTEL has recognized this type of usage and have answered with their new X25-V that we'll be checking out for you today. Let's find out how this drive performs against other boot drive worthy competitors.
Features and Specifications
All Intel SSDs offer features like Native Command Queuing (NCQ) enabling up to 32 concurrent operations, Intel SSD Toolbox, and Intel SSD Optimizer. Of course, Trim support is also included as part of this deal, which helps SSDs maintain their performance and longevity. Toolbox naturally contains the diagnostic tools for managing your SSD. Optimizer uses ATA Data Set Management Command (Trim Attribute) that keep it tuned up for that "fresh out of the box" performance you experienced from day one.
What's in the Box?
Retail SSD kits are worth the extra $5 over the price of an OEM version. The main reason is because of the extras that you get which include mounting screws as well as the SSD drive bay plate. We've seen several different mounting kits out there, from very cheap looking brass brackets, to more stylized black mounting plates from the likes of Patriot Memory. Intel has also decided to do something a bit different, giving you a brackets with enough holes to line it up with any number of cases on the market, right inside a standard 3.5 inch bay.
If you don't have a network connection in your new system to download the Intel SSD software, it's also included on one of the discs as part of the retail box experience. Keep in mind that the software is always being updated and it's a good idea to keep an eye on Intel's download page every few months for the latest version.