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Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB) review

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

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Overall rating 8/10
Performance:
8.5
Features:
7
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Class-leading performance
Much improved over Intel SSD 510 series
Special firmware exclusive to Intel
THE BAD
Slightly pricey
Below average IOPS performance on Iometer


Test Setup

Test Setup

The drives tested on our new storage testbed, has the following system specifications:

  • Intel Core i5-2400 (3.1GHz)
  • MSI Z68A-GD80 (Intel Z68 chipset)
  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 RAM
  • MSI GeForce 8600GTS
  • Windows 7

The list of SSDs tested are as follows:

  • Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB)
  • Intel SSD 510 Series (240GB)
  • Crucial M4 SSD (240GB)
  • Kingston HyperX SSD (240GB)
  • OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB)
  • Patriot Pyro SE (240GB)
  • Crucial C300 (64GB)
  • Intel X25-M Gen.2 (160GB)

The new Intel SSD 520 series will be pitted against the current crop of high-end consumer SSDs. The interesting match ups here will be seeing how the new Intel drive performs against the older SSD 510 series and also both the Kingston and OCZ drives, both of which also use the same SF-2281 controller from SandForce.

We have also included older drives such as the Crucial C300 and even the Intel X25-M, one of the fastest drives in their heyday, to see just how much Intel’s latest has improved upon drives from the past.

The list of benchmarks used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.6.4
  • HD Tune Pro 4.6
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
  • PCMark 7
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27)