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Intel SSD 510 Series


$284.00 Released January, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Gives Vertex 3 some pressure as a high quality, high volume competitor. Keeps controller designers on their toes - features a Marvell controller, not the same as found on the Vertex 3. Intel's proprietary firmware - best in the business, will get the most out of the controller, can't be found on competing drives.

The Cons:Pricing remains high - hasn't been brought down by this generation. Random access are within the same realm as the previous generation Intel X25-M options. Late to the market - was planned for Q3 2010.

The Intel SSD 510 Series is a solid-state drive (SSD) family released as a competitor to the OCZ Vertex 3. It upgrades from previous generations of Intel SSD by opting for a 6-Gbps SATA III interface like the Vertex.

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Combined with an integrated Marvell processing chip, 510 Series SSD drives can now achieve read and write speeds up to 500 Mbps and 315 Mbps, respectively, which are double to triple the speeds of past SATA-II based Intel SSDs. Featured is Intel’s 34nm NAND flash memory, and available capacities of 120GB and 250GB. According to a spokesman from Intel, the SSD 510 Series drives are supposedly faster than even 10,000 rpm SATA drives, making them especially optimal for gamers.

Features

  • Solid State Drive
  • SATA III Interface
  • 6Gbps Connection
  • 500Mbps Write Speed
  • 315Mbps Read Speed
  • 34nm NAND Flash
  • 120/250GB Capacities
  • Geared for Gamers

Model Variations

  • Intel SSD 510 Series SSDSC2MH120A2XX | 120GB, $284
  • Intel SSD 510 Series SSDSC2MH250A2XX | 240GB, $584

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    gives Vertex 3 some pressure as a high quality, high volume competitor

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    keeps controller designers on their toes - features a Marvell controller, not the same as found on the Vertex 3

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    Intel's proprietary firmware - best in the business, will get the most out of the controller, can't be found on competing drives

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    increasing capacities over previous generation drives - 120GB and 250GB options

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    will probably see a cheaper second generation design, with cheaper, faster NAND and other slight performance tweaks

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    the lowest failure rates of any SSD manufacturer, solid warranties (looking to provide enterprise-quality devices)

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    SATA 3 6Gb/s interface for high speed data transfers

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    much improved sequential writing over the previous generation drives - can now fully utilize SATA 3

Cons
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    pricing remains high - hasn't been brought down by this generation

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    random access are within the same realm as the previous generation Intel X25-M options

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    late to the market - was planned for Q3 2010

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    not an Intel controller

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    no cheaper lower capacity option (80GB)

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    simply not as good as Vertex 3 - more expensive, slower sequential, much slower random

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