Intel SSD 520 Series SATA600

  • Intel SSD 520 Series SATA600
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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.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechSpot on 85

The last great SSD that we tested carrying 100% Intel tech was the SSD 310 Series. This drive was later replaced by the not too exciting SSD 320 Series, which was still limited to the SATA 3Gb/s interface. The SSD 510 Series came about last year using...

By DigitalVersus on 100

The SandForce controller and synchronous memory are a winning team. They ensure fast speeds and reliability, which is one of Intel's selling points with the five-year warranty and 5,000 P/E cycles. This is an SSD for people who like reliability;...

By uk.hardware.info on

In June, 2012 we published a large group test of SSDs with capacities of 120/128 GB and 240/256 GB . Those are still the most popular sizes, judging from what people search for on Hardware.Info. The world of SSDs didn't stand still, and since then a...

By SilentPC Review on

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

You buy a 64 GB SSD because you'd like to add an SSD to your computer for as little money as possible. Now that 128 GB models are becoming affordable, the choice seems obvious. But if you want to assemble a cheap (office) PC or have another scenario...

By Expert Reviews on 40

Despite its relatively low price, we can’t recommend the 60GB Intel 520...

By uk.hardware.info on

SSD prices are dropping so quickly that it makes more and more sense to have one in your PC. 120 or 128 GB versions you can find already for £90, and for less than twice that you can buy an SSD with double the capacity. It will still take a long time...

By Tech ARP on

The new Intel 520 solid state drive (codenamed Cherryville) represents Intel's first collaboration with SandForce (now owned by LSI Corporation). Like many solid state drives targeted at enthusiasts in the consumer market, it pairs the latest...

By Computer Shopper on 80

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....

By PCWorld New Zealand on 90

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...

By PC Advisor on 80

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...

By Vortez on

Intel’s 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...

By Real World Labs on

The next version of Intel’s RST driver is supposed to bring TRIM to our RAID Arrays. This is the Holy Grail for RAID users. The problem now for RAID users is the performance degradation over time. SandForce drives are particularly susceptible to...

By Real World Labs on

Intel did it again. They touched it, it turned to GOLD. I have tested so many drives this year it’s hard to remember them all; this drive however will not be hard to remember. Despite its small capacity and inherent trouble with incompressible...

By PCQuest on

A good performer which also protects data using strong encryption techniques. Page(s) 1 I am interested in more information about this productI am interested in buying this productPrintCommentEmailDiggDel.icio.usRedditTwitter UTM Appliance:...

By hardwarezone.com.sg on 80

Looking at the results of our rigorous testing, it is clear that the new Intel SSD 520 series delivers on the performance front.Performance on PCMark Vantage was exceptional and the new Intel drive was always amongst the fastest on the other tests as...

By Atomic MPC on 94

A fantastic product at an acceptable...

By tbreak.ae on 80

So what we have from the Intel 520 series SSD is performance which is pretty much on par with the industry standard for SF-2281 controlled drives. Of course the OCZ RevoDrive gets an unfair advantage for sequential read and write speeds due to its...

By Tom's Hardware UK on

What makes one SandForce-based SSD different from the others that appear to be just like it? We round up 10 models with 60 GB of capacity to explore the effects of NAND interfaces. We also stumble across some interesting data related to full drives....

By PC Mag on 80

The 240GB Intel SSD 520 Series is a terrific-performing solid-state drive at a slightly less-than-terrific price....