Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB review

Intel's first serious SandForce SSD

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SSD performance is more multi-discipline decathlon than single-distance time trial.

A drive that delivers impressive peak performance doesn't always deliver the goods in random access workloads, for instance. Intel says it's put a lot of work into tuning the SandForce SF-2281 controller to improve performance and reliability.

But the results aren't always obvious in our benchmark tests.

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 Capacity240 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate550 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate520 MBps
Product Series520
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product NameCherryville 520 Series MLC Solid State Drive
Package TypeOEM
Product LineCherryville
Manufacturer Part NumberSSDSC2CW240A310
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