Intel Solid State Drive 510 Series 120GB Review

By Julio Franco
Apr 29, 2011
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  1. The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB blew us away when we reviewed it earlier this month. Its lighting fast transfer speeds and application performance left no room for the competition to breathe -- including the once-praised Samsung 470 Series and Crucial RealSSD C300 drives. The Vertex 3 proved to be dramatically faster than its predecessor, and perhaps just as important, that speed comes at nearly the same cost.

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  2. Thanks for the review. What I'd really like to see is a review comparing all the 120-128GB drives....i.e. Intel vs OZC Vertex2 vs OZC Vertex 3 vs Crucial C300, Corsair, etc.
  3. Interestingly.. this review only loads 4gb ram to make the difference between SSD and HD seem much more dramatic on load times.... if you spend $150 on 16gb ram... load times for CS5 on a 2600k get down below 1 second because of superfetch... SSD is obviously a lot slower than ram... don't believe the hype
  4. Right now the Intel 510 120GB is actually less expensive than the Vertex 3 120GB. So the price and performance seem to fall in line (Source: Newegg).

    Intel $2.25/GB
    OCZ $2.50/GB
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,045   +1,057

    Actually you spotted a typo, it was a 2 x 4GB configuration for 8GB of RAM. That said your comment is very wrong by basically saying that 16GB of RAM will solve HDD latency. The fact that SSD's have a 0ms access time and hard drives have about 9ms access time is what it is all about.

    So did you copy and paste that directly from our conclusion? :S
  6. SneekyGeaky

    SneekyGeaky TS Rookie

    Right on Steve, period...

    Anyways, Intel's 500 series are good worthy successors but, the mainstream is just too busy drooling for the great V3 ;)
  7. Techspot nice review!
    I really like the real world tests, gives a better view on the performance :)
    I hope to see the 120GB Vertex 3 and the 128GB M4 added aswell :D
    That would really help my buying decision ^^
    Keep up the good work!
  8. Absolutely agreed. Such a review would be highly appreciated, as I think drives in that capacity range tend to have a good blend of storage space and are priced at a level that many find acceptable.

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