Now Intel is shipping 40GB retail-packaged parts with its name on them and e-tailers are quickly listing them. According to Newegg, the new 40GB SSD is labeled as an X25-V (part number SSDSA2MP040G2R5).
Like all G2 SSDs from Intel, this particular model is uses 34nm NAND flash memory and fully supports TRIM in supported operating systems (such as Windows 7). Interestingly, write speeds for Intel's X25-V are slightly lower than Kingston's 40GB SSDNow V which is based on the same architecture. Kingston's SSD shows maximum writes as "up to 40 MB/sec" while Intel's drive features maximum writes of "up to 35 MB/sec" according to Intel's technical specifications [PDF]. Reads remain the same for both drives at “up to 170 MB/sec”.
Newegg currently lists the drive at $130 while Mwave has it slightly cheaper at $125.
quote: Is there really a significant improvement in system response just by having the OS on the SSD?