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Intel 520 Series SSD Full Review - SandForce on Steroids?

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Intel

Yapt v0.3

Yapt (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time.  That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though, as the benchmark is quite useful.  It creates a test file of about 100 MB in size and runs both random and sequential read and write tests with it while changing the data I/O size in the process.  The results are a good look at overall drive performance.

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All SandForce drives do well in this (compressible) data test, regardless of firmware. The 520 was no different here.


February 6, 2012 | 02:06 PM - Posted by Adam (not verified)

They command a 20% Price premium vs competitor's products. not a good buy in my opinion. I just upgraded my system with a 64GB OCZ synapse cache drive. And I am happy and set. BF3 level load fast!

February 6, 2012 | 05:39 PM - Posted by PCPerFan (not verified)

Is it worth upgrading from my 160GB X-25M?

February 6, 2012 | 09:31 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

hmm, i dunno. IMO, a SSD upgrade from an SSD is kind of a hard sell :P If you have the money and don't know what else to spend it on, sure it'll be faster but won't be as large of a jump in performance as the jump from a hard drive to that X-25M was.

December 1, 2012 | 12:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

There is a fatal flaw in these drives.

If the ATA password is lost there is NO way to reset the drive and it is bricked with no hope!

Unlike other FDE drives, you CANNOT secure erase or reset the password or drive to the factory null state. Worse yet, if you do try to secure erase these drives, the ATA password will be lost and again the drive is dead.

Nobody knows why Intel made this fatal mistake, but they did.

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