Intel SSD 520 Series SATA600
The Intel SSD 520 Series is aimed at performance buffs with initial SF-2281-based models offering capacities of 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB. It also has a slim design, measuring 100 x 69.85 x 9.5mm and weighing up to 78 grams. The 60GB model packs read and write speeds of 550MB/s - 475MB/s, while the larger 120GB version provides 550MB/s reads and 500MB/s writes. The 180GB, 240GB and 480GB models are slightly faster again as the write performance is boosted to 520MB/s. Naturally, using the SATA 6Gb/s interface is essential to achieving those speeds.
Available in a wide variety of capacities.
Comprehensive software and accessory bundle.
Much improved over Intel SSD 510 series.
Special firmware exclusive to Intel.
Covered by five-year warranty.
Supports SATA 3 (6Gbps) and offers great performance.
The drive is housed in an all-aluminum casing and comes with all you need to use it as a hard-drive replacement for a laptop.
Per-gigabyte cost is a bit high, versus slower drives of same capacity.
Low-profile screws are not included.
Performance takes a hit with certain data types.
Low IOPS at low Queue Depths.
By TechSpot on February 06, 2012
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By DigitalVersus on March 06, 2013
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By SilentPC Review on September 24, 2012
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...-
By uk.hardware.info on August 07, 2012
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By Expert Reviews on June 30, 2012
Despite its relatively low price, we can’t recommend the 60GB Intel 520...40
By Tech ARP on June 12, 2012
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By Computer Shopper on May 31, 2012
With stellar storage performance backed by extra care in the development of its controller, the SSD 520 is an easy choice for speed fiends with budget to spare....80
By PCWorld New Zealand on May 22, 2012
Chip giant Intel has been at the forefront of solid-state storage for a while now, but its new Cherryville represents a slight departure from past models.As it lacks its own SATA 3.0-capable controller, Intel used the third-party Sandforce SF2281...90
By PC Advisor on May 11, 2012
The Intel 520 Series 240GB stands as one of the leading SSDs for enthusiast users today. It’s using a SandForce controller that runs conspicuously slower than the competing Marvell or Samsung controllers in sequential write speeds, but maintains...80
By Vortez on May 07, 2012
Intels 520 Series has, since its arrival taken a firm hold in the SSD consumer SSD market and its obvious to see why. It may have an unobtrusive visual appearance but the 520 Series package and performance is everything to shout about. Intel...-