A Beast Of A Drive
While the read/write stats Intel claims the X-25E is capable of are incredible, the performance those speeds actually result in is even better than one might expect. In every-day applications, the X-25E posts some substantial improvements over mechanical drives. Level loading times in games tend to be 20% faster than can be provided even by the best 10,000RPM mechanical hard drives. Boot times are also generally lower than with mechanical drives, as well. File copy tests are where the X-25E really shines, however, with the X-25E routinely performing 25%-50% better than any other drive available. That is a remarkable increase, one which clearly shows that although mechanical drives remain more practical in terms of value, solid state drives are unquestionably the future of long-term storage, even for home users.
As if that weren't enough, Intel's X-25E becomes even more formidable when put into file-serving applications. In these applications, the X-25E can be up to ten times more potent than any other form of long-term storage on the market. Amazingly, this means that while the X-25E is not a good value in terms of storage per dollar, it is actually not a bad value in terms of performance per dollar.
The bottom line is this: The X-25E changes everything. Up until now, solid state hard disks were simply theorized to be the future of storage, but actual performance was often only somewhat better than what could be found with mechanical drives. The X-25E, however, proves that solid-state is absolutely the future. Not only for enterprise or server applications, where the X-25E absolutely dominates, but also in the average home PC, where the X-25E's superior read and write speeds provide benefits any user can enjoy.