Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive Review

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EFD Software's HD Tune is described on the company's web site as such: "HD Tune is a hard disk utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more." The latest version of the benchmark added temperature statistics and improved support for SSDs, among a few other updates and fixes.

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The Intel SSD 520 series drives also performed well in the HD Tune benchmarks, and performed in-line with the OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS, but trailed the Corsair Force GT in terms of write performance.

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cowboyspace 2 years ago

I'd rather get the corsair force gt ssd than this, cost less, better performer.The 5 years warranty beats the 3 years of the corsair but still i dtay with the corsair, nice review!!! I LIKED IT

LBowen 2 years ago

Very nice review and as they all seem to have the same performance capabilities I would tend towards the least expensive SSD.

KWalsh 2 years ago

Yes, Thank you cowboyspace, I will put bench marks up any day of the week for ya on my Corsair Force GT sata III

two way RAID 0! SOOOO FASST!!!

just let me know what benching program you would like me to use.

I often find my self trying to remember what the loading screens looked like on the games I play.

cowboyspace 2 years ago

SiSoft SANDRA 2011,IOMeter, AS SSD Benchmark, and shows some pictures it scored points in windows experience index. :)

jgreen 2 years ago

This drive has some serious issues this was my post in Intel Support Community:

Last Thursday I received my brand new Dell Precision M6600. Before I started to use the system I upgraded the hard drive to an Intel 520 Series..

After dropping in the SSD, I was ready to install Windows 7 Pro. I first went into the BIOS and left the setting on RAID. After reading tons of forums, this seemed like the right way on installing the hard drive. Once complete I installed all the necessary drivers (which is a story in its self!). After, I went on the Intel website and ran the driver utility make sure everything is up-to-date. I also installed the SSD toolbox to optimize the drive.

After dealing with the BIOS not always detecting the SSD and the occasional OS freeze, I made my way into the Intel control panel. I noticed the hard drive was only running at 3GB/s, I thought that was kind of odd since the computer is capable of running 6GB/s. I decided to change the BIOS to AHCI and reinstall 7..

Once complete, I still had to deal with the BIOS not detecting the SSD and 7 freezing up, every so often. Anywho, once I re-installed all drivers and utilities. I now see the hard drive running at 6GB/s. I was a happy camper until I started to use the computer. I noticed it freezed up the more I use it.

Intel (typing this while simultaneously shaking my pointer finger) you have a serious issue with your SSD. You need to post a firmware update. Not only to fix the issue with 7 but, also for folks who have M6600 and other affected laptop/desktops; who decide to buy your SSD.

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