Reviews and Problems with Intel 520 Series SSD (SSDSC2CW)
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Intel 520 Series 240GB Solid State Drive Review
29 September 2013
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.
Excerpt: SSDs have made their presence felt across more consumer products, these days, which range from notebooks to the hot new topic in town, Ultrabooks, that primarily use SSDs for storage. While this is all good, the prices are still on the higher side, which means it’s not affordable by many, and continue to be something for the enthusiast crowd.
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.
Summary: The 520 series may not be very special, but at least it’s up to current-gen standards, and it replaces the kinda crappy Marvell-powered 510 series. On the other hand, $510 for a 240GB drive is a lot, considering the Patriot Pyro SE is $50 cheaper and just as good. Intel’s betting that its reputation for reliability still means something to SSD buyers. We think it does, but does it mean they’ll pony up an extra 50 bucks?
Pros: Fast SF-2281 controller and 25nm NAND; Intel reliability.
Cons: $50 more expensive than near-identical drives from Patriot and OCZ.
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.
Conclusion: The SSD 510 Series came about last year using a Marvell controller, making it the first Intel SSD able to utilize the SATA 6Gb/s interface. However with the exceptional Crucial m4 on the picture (using the same Marvell chip), we didn't care much for the SSD 510 Series. Today’s pricing puts the 128GB m4 at just $177 , which works out to be $1.38 per gigabyte.
Intel 520 SSD Review (Round Two) â€“ RAID Testing at 1.5GB/s With Highpoint 2720SGL RAID Controller
1 April 2012
Conclusion: The Intel 520s really scored a knockout in our ‘consumer’ RAID testing exercise and, with the speed and latency displayed, it would be hard to go wrong with them. These results are some of the best I have ever experienced with so few SSDs and it wasn’t so long ago that it took a whole stack of SSDs, and a $1000 dollar RAID controller, to achieve what we did here today!
Conclusion: With our test unit for the Intel 520 series 240GB SSD came a full upgrade kit as well. You have a 3.5-inch bay with multiple screws and a molex-to-SATA power cable. Manuals and software mini-disc are also part of the package.