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

By Kenny Yeo - 16 Apr 2012

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PCMark Vantage

PCMark Vantage might have been around for quite some time, but it is still a fairly accurate representation of how the drives might be used in real-world scenarios. We are focusing on the hard drive test suite which comprises of tasks such as loading of applications to media creation.

Here, the new Intel SSD 520 series easily racked up the highest score, recording 72609 PCMarks, a whopping 21846 more than the second-placed Kingston HyperX SSD. It also easily outclassed the older Intel SSD 510 series by scoring more than 70% better. The Crucial M4 drive wasn't playing well with some of the tests and failed to run in some instances.

Overall, the Intel drive’s outstanding performance is due to its solid read and write performance and it does well on almost every category, and has no real weakness on this test suite. It easily outclasses its competitors and is leaps and bounds ahead of the older SSD 510 series.

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  • 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
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