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520 SSD Series: Intel finally presents a SATA 6 Gbps / 25 nm

A new line of SSD enters the Intel’s Solid State Drive 520 Series catalog. It’s architectured around a LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller and come in 60, 120, 180, 240 and 480 GB.

Intel continues to expand its range of SSD with the arrival of the Series 520. Like the 510, the 520 uses a third-party controller. Compatible with SATA 6 Gb/s, it is equipped with a SandForce SF-2281 that can be found on some competing models such as the OCZ Vertex 3, supported by the 25 nm synchronous flash memory.

Intel announces write speeds of 470MB/s, 500 Mb/s, 520 Mb/ s, 520 Mb s and 520 Mb/s for versions 60, 120, 180, 240 and 480 GB when operating the compression algorithm for real-time data (present natively with the controller Sandforce). Reading, 550 MB/s are expected except for the 60 GB version that presents only 430 MB/s.

Finally, the scores in handling 4K files amounted to a maximum of 80,000 IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) in writing against 50,000 IOPS reading.

The Intel SSD 520 Series meets the following price list – based on orders of 1000 units. 60 GB: $149, 120GB: $229, 180GB: $ 369, 240GB: $509 and 480 GB: $999. It comes with a 5 year warranty.

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