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80GB Intel, SSD, X25-M Down to £169.03 @ Play
80GB Intel, SSD, X25-M Down to £169.03 @ Play

80GB Intel, SSD, X25-M Down to £169.03 @ Play

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Intel's X25-M 80GB SSD, which was formerly reviewed in CPC as best overall SSD is now down to around half its initial price, on TODAY ONLY at SCAN.

I bought one of these at full price, and it massively improved loading times (eg restart Windows 7 in 45 seconds!).

So before anyone alse points it out, this is still £2/GB as opposed to 5p OR 6P on a standard drive, and the price is going to fall further. These are still for those of us who are reconciled to paying top dollar for silly levels of performance.

To buy, click on 'Buy' next to the item description. If you click on the item description you get the item at full price.

10 Comments

mikerr;6341305

This is only £129.99 at … This is only £129.99 at expansys:http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/473479/intel-x18-m-80gb-ssd-one-day-deal-1/http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=174734(though someoe has expired that deal, on here - they are still available).Very cheap for the king of SSDs



[FONT=Verdana]The option via Scan is actually a 2.5" SSD model, whilst the one from Expansys is a 1.8" from what I can see, when I compared the two of them.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]

At least change the title. It's misleading - telling people that they can purchase from Play, then having the link directing them to Scan.

whatsThePoint;6341434

"I bought one of these at full price, and it massively improved loading … "I bought one of these at full price, and it massively improved loading times (eg restart Windows 7 in 45 seconds!)."how long does windows 7 normally take to restart?



I wouldn't call 45 secs a "silly level of performance"

Sounds pretty slow to me . . . :?

tallpete33;6341760

I wouldn't call 45 secs a "silly level of performance"Sounds pretty slow … I wouldn't call 45 secs a "silly level of performance"Sounds pretty slow to me . . . :?



yeah, Ubuntu is a lot quicker to boot up - easily under 30 seconds

Bootup time is pretty much irrelevant as a marker of HD performance. The more device drivers and other programs that are initialised at start you acquire along the way, the slower your booting will become.

muhasib;6343000

yeah, Ubuntu is a lot quicker to boot up - easily under 30 seconds



I can't really think of a scenario where 10-15 seconds would really make a lot of difference to be honest.

This is still too expensive for me.

On the point of boot up times, I think this point is overfocused, the real benefit of SSDs are the overall fast performance, not just fast boot times (as well as quieter)

the real benefit of SSDs are the overall fast performance



they're still over rated in many circumstances, they might have high sequential read speeds, and the write speeds have much improved.

But the seek times and random read/writes are still quite low ... no? I haven't really followed their development ...

Any recent SSD blows a standard hard drive away in real world performance.
Simple as that.

Benchmarks often concentrate on sequential read/wites as they ar larger numbers...

Random read/writes are 5-10x as fast, and thats what you are doing when using your PC generally.

CrystalMark 4k random read/write:

Cosair SSD:
27meg/sec 11meg/sec

Samsung Spinpoint HDD:

0.5meg/sec 1.4 meg/sec
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