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Intel SSD 525 Series Full Capacity Roundup - Intel Sweeps mSATA

Subject: Storage
Tagged: Intel, ssd, 525, msata

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

Internals:

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Well, these are bare PCB's, with nothing to really open, so here it is in all of its scantly sticker-clad glory. A pair of 25nm IMFT flash chips are hiding under the front sticker.

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At the rear we see another pair of 25nm IMFT flash packages, along with the 6Gb/sec SandForce controller.

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The controller has only faint etching without any color applied.

Testing Methodology

Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out! 

Test System Setup

For testing we will be using the Intel-supplied Interposer PCB. This allows us to connect the mSATA parts to the 'old' standard SATA connection of our desktop-class testbed rig:

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Tests for this review were conducted with our tried and true Z68 SandyBridge testbed as well as a shiney new ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt. We are still qualifying the new board, but have found results to be +/- 2% of the prior Z68 board - well within the best data scatter of a typical benchmark.

PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rig. 

Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Memory Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Video Drivers Intel
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows 7 X64
  • PCMark05
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • PCPer File Copy Test

 

January 31, 2013 | 07:48 PM - Posted by David (not verified)

Huh. An mSATA SSD that doesn't suck!

February 1, 2013 | 04:20 PM - Posted by eastbayrae

They need to be bigger.

February 2, 2013 | 05:12 AM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

I can't wait till the 480s come down in price then maybe ill remove the 20gb slc one that came with my gigabyte mb and install the 480gb one for my main drive and use my 500gb black as a external back up for game files like Steam.

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