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: 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.
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.
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.