Reviews and Problems with Intel 520 Series SSD (SSDSC2CW)
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Intel SSD 520 series 240GB Review
5 June 2013
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.
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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: As well as its main line in PC processors, Intel now offers an expanding selection of solid-state drives (SSDs). The Intel 520 Series sits near the top of the company’s range, promising sequential read/write performance of 550 and 520MBps, and up to 80k write IOPS.