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Intel ® SSD 520 Series

Intel ® SSD 520 Series
alaScore 93

319 reviews

Aug, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 319 reviews of Intel ® SSD 520 Series. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other Solid-state drive for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Solid-state drive the Intel ® SSD 520 Series is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Intel ® SSD 520 Series

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Intel ® SSD 520 Series from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.5/5 for other Solid-state drive on Amazon.co.uk.

96% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Intel SSD 520 Series 2.5 inch 120GB 6GB/S MLC Resell 25nm Solid State DriveIntel SSD 520 Series 2.5 inch 120GB 6GB/S MLC Resell 25nm Solid State Drive

Aug, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Intel ® SSD 520 Series

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 user reviews of Intel ® SSD 520 Series from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.5/5 for other Solid-state drive on Amazon.com.

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Intel 520 Series Solid-State Drive 120 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch - SSDSC2CW120A310 (Drive Only)Intel 520 Series Solid-State Drive 120 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch - SSDSC2CW120A310 (Drive Only)

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: maximum pc (maximumpc.com)

Intel 520 Series 240GB Review

 

Fast SF-2281 controller and 25nm NAND; Intel reliability.

$50 more expensive than near-identical drives from Patriot and OCZ.

May, 2012

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Intel 520 Series - 240 GB SSD

 

From Marvell to SandForce. The new high-end Intel SSD comes without an Intel controller. This SATA 3 SSD uses the fast SandForce SF-2281 and aspires to be the king of the hill. ...

An upgrade to the new 520 series from the older 510 series can not be recommended. The difference in everyday performance is not tangible. Even a few older SATA 2 SSDs can hold their own in certain tests, such as loading Battlefield 3. However, buyers...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (ubergizmo.com)

Intel SSD 520 Series Review

 

Intel has just announced its Intel SSD 520 Series based on a 25nm manufacturing process, and this new series targets the high-end enthusiast market. As it stands, this is the absolute best that Intel has to offer in the non-Enterprise [...]

The Intel SSD 520 Series is blazing fast, and right now, it is the fastest 2.5” SSD drive that we have tested. Depending on pricing, I expect it to be a very nice update to the Intel 510 Series, especially as it has hardware AES256 encryption and the...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Dong Ngo (cnet.com)

Intel Solid-State Drive 520 review:

 

The 2.5-inch standard Intel 520 Series SSD comes with the same SandForce controller as many others on the market but with special firmware, version 400i, developed by Intel to improve performance. And the drive for the most part delivered, offering...

The 2.5-inch Intel 520 Series SSD 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 (ultraportable or standard) or a...

The Intel 520 Series SSD is comparatively expensive and its low-profile screws are not included.

If priced a little lower, the Intel 520 Series SSD would be an ideal investment for those who want to greatly improve their computer's overall performance. For now, it's still an excellent drive.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Intel SSD 520 review roundup: Intel reliability, SandForce speeds starting at $149

 

There's plenty of SSD options out there, but Intel's NAND drives are among the most well thought of, simply because they're so reliable. But, with the top spee...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB)

 

When Intel released its 510 Series solid-state drive (SSD) a year ago, it used a controller not that the giant company had created itself but rather one from Marvell. Intel hasn't gone back to keeping it “all in the family” with its newest SSD, the 520...

Excellent performance. Covered by five-year warranty

More expensive, but not significantly faster, than competing drives

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

Expert review by: Silent PC (silentpcreview.com)

Expert Review

 

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...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Elric Phares (motherboards.org)

Product Spotlight: Intel 520 Series Solid State Drive (SSD) Lineup & Overview

 

Product Spotlight: Intel 520 Series Solid State Drive (SSD) Lineup & Overview

May, 2012

Expert review by: Kenny Yeo (hardwarezone.com)

Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB) - Take a Trip Down Cherryville

 

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.

Class-leading performanceMuch improved over Intel SSD 510 seriesSpecial firmware exclusive to Intel

Slightly priceyBelow average IOPS performance on Iometer

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Apr, 2012

Expert review by: c0d3r (wccftech.com)

Intel 520 Series SSD Review

 

Today, we have the SSD 520 Series 240GB drive with us to see if it lives up to their claim. We are especially thankful to XenithPR, who provided us the SSD for review. So let's get the show on the road!

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications

Configuration

Backup Function: No
Hot Swap Function: No
Rackmount:Not Applicable

Connectivity

ATA: No
eSATA: No
Ethernet: No
Fibre Channel: No
Firewire: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
ISCSI: No
mSATA: No
PCMCIA: No
SCSI: No
Serial ATA: Yes
Ultra ATA: No
USB: No
Wireless LAN: No
WUSB: No

Design

Product codename:Cherryville
Product Family:Legacy consumer SSD
Product series:Intel 520
SSD form factor:2.5"

General Features

BUS powered: No
BUS-powered: No
Internal / External:Internal

Technical Details

Born on date:Q1'12
Drive capacity:240
Launch date:2012-02-06T00:00:00
Market segment:MBL
Product name:Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB, 2.5in SATA 6Gb/s, 25nm, MLC)
Random read (8GB span):50000
Random write (8GB span):60000
Sequential reading:550
Sequential writing:520
SSD components:Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Technology
SSD form factor:2.5" 7mm
SSD hardware encryption:AES 128 bit
SSD interface:SATA 3.0 6Gb/S
SSD power consumption (active):850 mW (MobileMark 2007 Workload)
SSD power consumption (idle):600 mW (DIPM)
SSD shock:1,500 G/.5 msec
SSD weight:Up to 78 grams
Status:6
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