Intel 520 Series 240GB Solid State Drive Review And Benchmarks


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When we see the name Intel come about, the first thing that rightly comes to mind are their supreme processor department, but what some people may not know is that this is not all they no produce. Along with their many lines of processors, they also produce motherboards and Solid State Drives.

With the technological abilities they have to produce the high end components, it comes as no surprise that our initial expectations of this drive when it came in were very high especially from what we’ve seen of their 320 series SATA II drives in the past.

The 520 series drives are designed to bring a whole new level of performance to the market with drives that can give a random read performance of up to 50,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and a sequential read of upto 550MB/s. The impressive read speeds are paired with random writes up to 80,000 IOPS and a sequential write of upto 520MB/s. Speed is not the only thing this drive has to offer, data security and integrity is another key feature and with the drive offering a pre-configured 256-bit AES along with End to End Data Protection, you can be rest assured your data is safe and secure.

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  1. Great drive, but there is one issue that some buyers may need to know. If you look at the drive you'll notice that black rectangular piece of plastic at the top. Its some kind of bumper i guess? Anyway, for a lot of ultrabooks you'll have to remove it to get it to fit properly and this will void the warranty. Also the screws that hold the bumper on also hold the drive together so you have to put them back. They do not screw down all the way so you'll have 4 screws that are raised above the drive

  2. Over 6 minutes of filler before talking about anything but the box and unboxing it. Next, a bit about your system for testing. How about focusing on what people are interested in, rather than making us play the whole skip till he actually has something of merit?

  3. This – it's absolutely the most reliable SSD on the market. But if you just wanna use it for gaming and that sort then I'd just go with whatever is cheaper, because they are comparable in performance.

  4. This really looks like a favored review. I recon that these SSD's are one of the best – but I really feel like you hid the front of the SSD… The SSD doesn't look very good on the front. The surface doesn't have a finish, so it's very rigid. Did you pay for the SSD your self, or was it sponsored?

  5. It may be worth mentioning that the black rectangle around the drive comes off, to change the form factor to that of a new Ultra-book; what the drive was originally intended to be put in.

  6. Hi, thanks for your nice video! i'm looking for a reliable ssd which will unfortunately be working in SATA 2… after watching your video i'm confused whether i should buy the intel 520 series 240GB or the samsung 830 256GB… Which one would you choose if you were me ? thanks in advance !

  7. Kingston and Sandisk are far superior than Intel. Intel is only good for low failure rates. But speed, ehh, looking else where.

  8. I simply can't understand why these hardware test sites do not make a quick comparison to other drives side by side when they have made the tests. How hard can that be? You've got the data for the OCZ Vertex 3, Corsair Force 3 etc well show us.. come on..

  9. omg… think about it, a bunch of intel SSDs and AMD ram, aswell as a nvid card, and your own pref of cpu (im all for amd) would make a pretty good pc… now, nvid, make a good power supply… THE ULTIMATE MAINSTREAM PC!


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