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Intel X18-M Mainstream Solid State Drive

Intel X18-M Mainstream Solid State Drive
alaScore 86

24 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Solid-state drive the Intel X18-M Mainstream Solid State Drive is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 24 reviews)

3 expert reviews

User Reviews  

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A couple of these were purchased on accident several months ago. After finding a 1.8" to 2.5" cradle/adapter, I have put these to use. It works, but I wouldn't buy these again. The shorter warranty tells me that Intel thinks it's too much of a risk to...

It's an SSD drive that stores my stuff and it hasn't caused any problems with Ubuntu ; Faster than the 5400RPM drive it's replacing

1 yr warranty because it's labeled OEM (instead of the standard 5yr). I guess the rumors are true: Intel doesn't support OEM's ; A little on the slow side for an SSD ; This tiny little thing consumes more power than the 5400 RPM drive it's replacing

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Works Great!


Greatly improved speed over the old spinning hard drive

Price. It's a little pricier than other SSDs but I have read quite a few reviews that tout the benefits of Intel so I went with this one anyway. No complaints

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Well worth the price!


i want moar.

Extremely fast ; 7.8 on windows index with ACHI mode (depends on motherboard the WI may +/- 1) ; Go big or go home. The SSD makes no noise, very low temperature, no rattling! What more can you ask? everything loads instantaneously! First person to load...

it makes me wait for other people to load games ; people need to go SSD or GO HOME


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Doesnt Work


SUper Fast if it works

For some what reason the SSD Doesnt like Window 7 .. i try to install Window 7 countless time but fail to install and i keep getting error. however installing window vista was easy .. but it doesnt work with 7 there is no points

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Best solution when a 1.8" uSata drive is required


I purchased the StarTech MCSATAADAP Micro SATA adapter (not stocked my newegg as of now) in order to access the Toshiba 250GB drive while outside of the laptop. This adapter may be able to be used with the SSD to install it in a desktop, but it...

Perfectly replaced the stock [Toshiba 250GB 5400rpm 1.8"] drive in a Lenovo T410s for improved performance and less risk of drive failure due to shaking the laptop. Excellent performance as expected with all Intel G2 SSD's -- read the reviews on the...


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Plug It In OOPS/CAN'T!


I heard this should be a pretty good boot drive if you're trying keep your system fast. This may be true but it's also a darn good looking paper weight

You need special connectors for this 1.8 ssd and THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED or even linked. At this price, THEY SHOULD AT LEAST TELL YOU THIS MUCH/LINK THE APPROPRIATE CONNECTORS, especially since this is pretty recent advance in HD technology so it's not...

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Best upgrade you can get


Love the Intel SSD. Own almost every flavor of those, from the V series to the X18-M and X25-M firt Generation. Those SSD are incredibly fast. They might not match some other SSD in pure continous speed, but who writes a 2 GB file everyday? what maters...

Fast, fast and fast ; TRIM support ; Intel reliability

Expensive (Just went up right after I bought it...)

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Great drive for people who need it.


I repeat: this drive is just for thin laptops and tablets that can only use 1.8" HDs or SSDs (SATA.) Don't buy it for any other application. Don't write bad reviews of this great product if you don't know what you are doing! And if you don't know what...

This drive is a fantastic bargain for users of ultra-thin laptops like my Thinkpad X300. The X300 can only use 1.8" drives, so there is not much choice. The 1.8" drives usually cost more than the 2.5" equivalents, but the X18-M costs the about same as...

No disadvantage at all, unless you buy it for the wrong application

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Great drive


If you're considering the X18-M, you only have a handful of real options. I believe the RunCore Pro IV might be the only realistic one on the market. For all the reviews complaining about a Micro-SATA connector- do your research before buying. Standard...

Great drive. Has TRIM support, was a drop-in upgrade for my Dell XT2 convertible tablet, and absolutely smokes the 1.8" 5400 RPM HDD it replaced. (There are no 7200 RPM 1.8" drives on the market as of this writing)

Expensive. If you're restricted to 1.8" drives though, this is about par for the course. The $/GB ratio on the RunCore is about the same as the Intel. And with the Intel you're getting 34nm NAND (which might be slightly more battery-friendly, but...

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1.8 inch and 2.5 inch incompatible


The 2.5 inch SSD is standard. The 1.8 is special. Do not order this item unless your are sure which SSD size is required.

Probably works for the small hand held scanners but not correct SSD for a desktop PC

The connector is a mini-sata or micro-sata and will not mate with normal sata cables and connectors. No adapters are included. Could not find an adapter to use this 1.8 inch device where a 2.5 inch device is required. Hate to pay Newegg over $35 to...


Product Specifications

The Intel X18-M SATA Solid State Drive (SSD) delivers leading performance while simultaneously improving system responsiveness for mobile applications over standard rotating drive media or hard disk drives. By combining Intel's leading NAND flash memory technology with the innovative high performance controller, Intel delivers an SSD for Native Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) hard disk drive drop-in replacement with enhanced performance, reliability, ruggedness and power savings. Since there are no rotating platters, moving heads, fragile actuators, or unnecessary delays due to spin-up time or positional seek time that can slow down the storage subsystem significantly, the Intel X18-M SATA SSD enables fast read/write access times and a significant I/O and throughput performance improvement as compared to rotating media or hard disk drives. The Intel X18-M SATA SSDs primarily target SATA based laptop PCs, highly rugged mobile client devices, as well as thin and light, mini/sub-notebooks. Key attributes include high performance, low power, increased system responsiveness, high reliability and enhanced ruggedness as compared to standard mobile SATA hard drives.


Backup Function: No
Hot Swap Function: No


Ethernet: No
Fibre Channel: No
Firewire: No
Serial ATA: Yes
Ultra ATA: No
Wireless LAN: No

General Features

BUS powered: No
BUS-powered: No
Internal / External:Internal