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Intel 520 Series 240GB Review

ccokeman    -   February 6, 2012
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Specifications:

Intel SSD 520 Series Unformatted Capacity
(Total User Addressable Sectors in LBA Mode)
60 GB
117,231,408
120 GB
234,441,648
180 GB
351,651,888
240 GB
468,862,128
480 GB
937,703,088

Features:

  • Capacity: 60/120/180/240/480 GB
  • Components:
    — Intel® 25nm NAND Flash Memory
    — Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
  • Form Factor: 2.5-inch
  • Thickness: 7 mm and 9.5 mm
    — 7 mm: 120/180/240 GB
    — 9.5 mm: 60/120/180/240/480 GB
  • Weight: Up to 78 grams
  • SATA 6Gb/s Bandwidth Performance (Iometer* Queue Depth 32)
    — Sustained Sequential Read: Up to 550 MB/s
    — Sustained Sequential Write: Up to 520 MB/s
  • Read and Write IOPS (Iometer Queue Depth 32)
    — Random 4 KB Reads: Up to 50,000 IOPS
    — Random 4 KB Writes: Up to 80,000 IOPS2
  • Latency (average sequential)
    — Read: 80 μs (TYP)
    — Write: 85 μs (TYP)
  • Data Compression
  • AES 256-bit Encryption
  • End-to-End Data Protection
  • Compatibility
    — Intel® SSD Toolbox with Intel® SSD Optimizer
    — Intel® Data Migration Software
    — Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
    — Intel® 6 Series Express Chipsets
    (with SATA 6Gb/s)
    — SATA Revision 3.0
    — ACS-2
    — SSD-enhanced SMART ATA feature set
    — Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
    command set
    — Data Set Management Command
  • Trim attribute
  • Power Management
    — 5 V SATA Supply Rail
    — SATA Link Power Management (LPM)
  • Power
    — Active (MobileMark* 2007 Workload): 850 mW (TYP)
    — Idle: 600 mW (TYP)
  • Temperature
    — Operating: 0o C to 70o C
    — Non-Operating: -55o C to 95o C
  • Reliability
    — Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER): < 1 sector per 1016 bits read
    — Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF): 1,200,000 hours
  • Shock (operating and non-operating): 1,500 G/0.5 msec
  • Vibration
    — Operating: 2.17 GRMS (5-700 Hz)
    — Non-operating: 3.13 GRMS (5-800 Hz)
  • Certifications and Declarations:
    — UL*
    — CE*
    — C-Tick*
    — BSMI*
    — KCC*
    — Microsoft* WHQL
    — VCCI*
    — SATA-IO*
  • Product Ecological Compliance
    — RoHS*



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup
  5. Testing: HDTune 4.60
  6. Testing: HD Tach, SiSoft Sandra
  7. Testing: Crystal Diskmark
  8. Testing: ATTO
  9. Testing: AS SSD
  10. Testing: IO Meter
  11. Testing: PCMark Vantage
  12. Testing: Startup & Shutdown
  13. Conclusion:
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