Intel Solid State Drive 510 Series 120GB Review

By on April 29, 2011, 4:17 AM
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.


Having surpassed some of the best SSDs we've tested, we were left to wonder if the Vertex 3 would remain unattested in the short-term. With Crucial's M4 shaping up to be a mainstream drive, who else could rise to the challenge? We may have an answer to that question today as we test the closest thing the Vertex 3 has to competition: Intel's new flagship SSD 510 Series.

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Guest said:

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.

Guest said:

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

Guest said:

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

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Steve Steve said:

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

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.

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

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

SneekyGeaky said:

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

Guest said:

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!

Guest said:

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.

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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