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 .
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: 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.
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 d...
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.
Conclusion: When this drive first came in we said that we had high expectations of it based on Intel’s technical abilities and the performance of their older 320 series SSD, and to say the least we are not disappointed.
Summary: The Intel SSD 520 Series is blazing fast, and right now, it is the fastest 2.5” SSD drive that we have tested. Depending on pricing, I expect it to be a very nice update to the Intel 510 Series, especially as it has hardware AES256 encryption and the warranty is 2 years longer then the SSD 510.