Reviews and Problems with Intel 520 Series SSD (SSDSC2CW)
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24 September 2012
Summary: In our real world performance tests, the Intel 520 Series 120GB had mixed results compared to other SandForce models, squeaking past the ADATA SX910 128GB but not quite able to catch the Corsair Force GS 240GB nor the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB and Samsung 830 Series 128GB . Its lackluster numbers weren't buoyed by synthetics tests, either; its speed in both HD Tune and CrystalDiskMark weren't terribly impressive.
Excerpt: For every season, there is a spin. Intel’s first consumer SSDs, the X-25M series, didn’t have the fastest performance, but they gained a reputation for reliability. We had high hopes for Intel’s 320 Series SSDs, which turned out to be really great 3Gb/s SATA drives, at a time when everyone else was shipping 6Gb/s drives. When Intel did ship a 6Gb/s SATA drive, the 510 Series, it used a Marvell controller, not an Intel one.
Pros: Fast SF-2281 controller and 25nm NAND; Intel reliability.
Cons: $50 more expensive than near-identical drives from Patriot and OCZ.
Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: Throughout this review, the Intel 520 has gone head to head with the OCZ Vertex 3, which is really the only other SSD that I have tested that can compete directly with the Intel 520 240GB SSD. In some cases the Intel 520 was faster than the Vertex 3, and in other cases the Vertex 3 came out on top. Let’s call it a draw by stating that performance wise, both these SSDs are very close.
Pros: Silky smooth operation as a system drive., Excellent sequential reading and writing performance., Excellent 4K random I/O performance., SATA 6Gbps support., The drive is supported by the excellent Intel SSD Toolbox., TRIM support under Windows 7., Lightning fast access times., Completely silent operation., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., 5 years warranty.
Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB) - Take a Trip Down Cherryville
16 April 2012
Excerpt: Intel's latest high-end consumer SSD, the SSD 520 series, is finally here. With the SSD 520 series, Intel has also made the switch to a SandForce controller. We pit it against the fastest drives in the market today to see how it fares.
Pros: Class-leading performance, Much improved over Intel SSD 510 series, Special firmware exclusive to Intel
Cons: Slightly pricey, Below average IOPS performance on Iometer
Conclusion: You really can’t go wrong with the Intel 520 Series drives. Intel has delivered one of the fastest drives amongst its competitors in the performance SSD market, and given the reliability history of the technology giant, we can safely say that Intel is ready to take the lead in the market with their venture with SandForce! It’s a drive to be reckoned with and is right up there with the best that SandForce controller drives have to offer.
Summary: Priced at $509 (Rs. 24,900), which makes it slightly cheaper than the Plextor PX-256M2S that we reviewed a while back. It’s still an expensive solution, though and will probably only appeal to enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a boot drive, then you don’t need this kind of capacity, you’re better off with a smaller capacity SSD.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Fastest SATA storage device ever tested, Delivers over 83K IOPS performance in IOMeter, Outstanding 559/528 MBps read/write speed with ATTO, Built-in 256-bit AES data encryption, Hardware-level data compression preserves NAND longevity, 5-Year Intel product warranty support, Enhanced power-loss data protection, Lightweight compact storage solution, Resistant to extreme shock impact, Low power consumption may extend battery life
Summary: Intel has finally refreshed their enthusiast SSD line-up by launching drives built on second generation SandForce controllers. Is it another SF-2281 clone? Not at all! Intel’s products come with exclusive firmware, which puts them one step above all other currently existing solid state drives.
Excerpt: On paper the new Intel 520 Series appears to be just another Team SandForce release like several of the products we've looked at for the last thirteen months. The SF-2000 Series controllers hit media testing labs in December 2010 and client drives based on the consumer SF-2281 were on display at CES in 2011. Around the same time we started hearing about a high performance Intel SSD based on SandForce's first SATA III controller.