Summary: The engineers at Intel have done an incredible job tuning the firmware of their 510 Series to suit the needs of today's consumers. Especially in our ISO file copy and game patching benchmarks, the Intel drive plays in a completely different league from any other drive on the market today - including...
Pros: Outstanding performance, Supports TRIM, 3 year warranty, Good amount of accessories included, Nice looking, rugged metal case
Conclusion: The SSD 510 Series, Intel's replacement for its once–industry leading X25-M drive solid-state drive, turns out fine numbers in some circumstances, but its random-access speeds may be a turn off for more advanced power users.
Pros: Strong performance, particularly in sequential reads and writes. Supports 6Gbps SATA.
Cons: Slow random-access speeds compared with competing drives. Relatively expensive.
Conclusion: Now let's talk about IOPS (input/output operations per second). According to Intel, the 510 series offers upto 20K IOPS in 4KB random reads, which is fairly decent. It's not the highest we've seen, but its definitely more than emough for most of today's demanding users. Why is IOPS important?
Summary: We hope to get our hands on the smaller 120GB version of the OCZ Vertex 3 as it's said to be considerably slower than the 240GB model we've tested and this would level the playing field a bit. Until then, it's going to be difficult to make an accurate comparison of these two products.
Conclusion: Any new Intel product arrives with huge expectations, and the company usually delivers on one of two fronts: price or performance. Yet, at £220, the 120GB Intel 510 Series SSD struggles to deliver on either.
Summary: A number of new solid-state drives are slated to arrive over the next little while, including models based on SandForce's second-gen controller and others using the same Marvell chip as the 510 Series.
Summary: Intel's latest SSD has incredible file transfer performance in almost every situation, although it carries a massive price premium over conventional hard disks. It’s also unlikely that it will look quite so fast against SSDs from other manufacturers due later in the year.
Excerpt: 3 Flares 3 Flares × While Intel will always be known for their range of consumer and business oriented processor designs, their Solid State Drives proved to be extremely popular among the enthusiast audience, selling well across the range of sizes.