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Intel SSD 520 Series 120GB review

Sweet-spot pricing, but slightly lacking in performance

Long term performance is the big worry with SSDs.

Early drives delivered scorching performance out of the box, but quickly went down the pan with intensive usage. To simulate a used drive, we install Windows 7 and then stuff each SSD full of data.

This used to be enough to make SSDs suffer slow downs. More recent SSDs are much more resilient and Intel's SSDs in particular have a strong reputation for excellent longevity.

As our benchmarks show, however, it's not hugely remarkable in terms of raw performance

Synthetic drive performance, compressible data

Intel ssd 520 series

Intel ssd 520 series

Synthetic drive performance, incompressible data

Intel ssd 520 series

Intel ssd 520 series

Synthetic drive performance, 4K Random

Intel ssd 520 series

Intel ssd 520 series

Application performance

Intel ssd 520 series

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilyCherryville 520
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NameIntel
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity120 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate550 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate520 MBps
Product Series520
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product NameCherryville 520 Series MLC Solid State Drive
Product LineCherryville
Manufacturer Part NumberSSDSC2CW120A3K5
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Marketing Information

Intel Solid-State Drives represent a revolutionary breakthrough that delivers a giant leap in storage performance. Unlike hard disk drives, Intel SSDs have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, highly rugged storage solution that also offers faster system responsiveness.

Drawing from decades of memory engineering experience, and industry-leading, compute-quality NAND Flash memory manufacturing processes, Intel SSDs are designed to deliver outstanding performance for a wide range of computing applications. Intel SSDs also feature low write amplification and a unique wear-leveling design for higher reliability, meaning Intel SSDs not only perform better-they last longer.

Packaged Quantity1