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Intel X-25m G2 OEM vs Retail

Is it worth it to get the retail version of the X-25 m g2 or should I just go with OEM, I'm asking this because I am unsure of what perhipals come with the Retail versions of Solid State Drives and if they are needed for installation

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016&cm_re=intel_x-25_g2-_-20-167-016-_-Product

Thats the drive i'm looking at right now, any help is well appreciated.
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  1. The OEM is the drive alone. No cables, no manual, no mounting brackets. I have no idea how much comes with the retail version though.
  2. The last two letters of the Intel X25-M product code is the shipping volume/packaging; though its the same product, Intel wants to give discounts to companies that listen to Intel, but others will have to pay 'full price'. This kind of business mentality is widespread unfortunately, and prevents real market competition.

    So just pick the cheapest version, as long as its the X25-M G2 you should be good.
  3. So if I get the OEM drive what else do I need to mount it. Just a sata cable? Srry I just have no idea when it comes to SSDs
  4. Best answer
    Installing an SSD is no different than installing a notebook SATA hdd, you need:

    - SATA data cable (red coloured) to be plugged into motherboard SATA port
    - SATA power cable (black coloured) to be connected by your power supply

    If your power supply does not have the new Serial ATA power connectors, but only the 'old' 4-pin Molex power connectors, you need a converter cable, like this one:

  5. Oh i forgot, since SSDs are 2,5" form factor (the same as notebook HDDs) you may want to use a 3.5" -> 2.5" bracket, so you can fit the SSD in the bays designed for normal desktop HDDs, which are 3,5", while notebook HDDs and SSDs are 2.5".

    It could look like this:



    You don't absolutely need it though, as SSDs have no moving parts there should be no important reason to just put them at the bottom of your case secured with some tape. That's actually what i'm using for my SSDs. :P
  6. sub mesa said:
    Installing an SSD is no different than installing a notebook SATA hdd, you need:

    - SATA data cable (red coloured) to be plugged into motherboard SATA port
    - SATA power cable (black coloured) to be connected by your power supply

    If your power supply does not have the new Serial ATA power connectors, but only the 'old' 4-pin Molex power connectors, you need a converter cable, like this one:

    http://www.sierra-cables.com/Cables/Images/SATA-Power-Cable-1.jpg


    Oh ok thats perfect then, so its pretty much like a regular HD just need the power and sata connector? There's no optimization software included with the retail version is there?
  7. Nope, no special software for SSDs, its just a normal harddrive as far as your operating system is concerned, as it obeys the SATA spec.

    It has the exact same physical connectors as any SATA notebook HDD.
  8. Thanks man thats exactly what I wanted to know
  9. Retail version comes with 2.5" to 3.5" converter, OEM does not. Thats the only diff I know of. Just recieved my G2R5 (R5 = retail ver)
  10. Chief where did you get the retail version, i'm having a hard time finding one
  11. From Newegg. They had it in a email flyer. A combo deal, practicaly a free after MIR $120 mid ATX case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133077
    Both case and Intel 80 gig G2R5: = Total Amount: $269.99 - $30 MIR = $239

    Currently SOLD OUT but here is the link for the Intel 80 gig G2R5. You will just have to keep checking as they sell out rather quick.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167023
  12. Thanx man
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