Intel X25-E Extreme 32GB SSD tested: fastest ever

Nov 24, 2008

Intel's SSDs have been cropping up in all manner of consumer hardware over the past few months, but now the company is raising the stakes with the X25-E Extreme.  32GB of premium SLC memory, it'll cost you over $700 but, if The Tech Report's review is anything to go by, it's worth it.  They're calling the X25-E Extreme "the fastest drive we've ever tested".

Intended for enterprise applications, where the silent running, low power requirements and blistering speeds mark the X25-E Extreme a cut above the rest, the drive is at its best handling multiple random read/write requests.  In simulated webserver (i.e. read-only) testing the Intel X25-M managed to keep up, but in every other application the X25-E Extreme stormed ahead; even Samsung's FlashSSD drive was left trailing in the dust.

Of course the Intel X25-E Extreme would be wasted in a home PC, but the longevity and performance make it ideal server fodder.  Beyond price, storage capacity is the only drawback; thankfully Intel have a 64B version pencilled in for 2009.

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