Although hard drives don't typically draw huge amounts of power, we still wanted to see how this new breed of SSDs compared in terms of power consumption. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and under full load on a secondary test drive. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the drives alone.
The Intel X25-M 80GB SSD falls in line with the other Solid State Disks in our test group but it does draw a little more power on read workloads and a little less power on write workloads, versus the other SSDs we tested.