Intel’s latest and greatest has arrived – with SandForce performance coupled with Intel reliability. With this deal you can take $40 off the list price and get an OEM version of the 120GB capacity for just $189.99! With the latest 520 series, Intel has moved from a proprietary controller to the exceptionally popular and speedy SandForce SF-2281 and improved on it, according to AnandTech. Instead of the stock firmware, the engineers at Intel have taken their good time to develop one of their own. It has allegedly been through rigorous testing to keep the drive up to speed with Intel’s near-spotless reliability record.
In short, it’s one of the fastest drives on the market, and a reliable one at that. The 520 is equipped with 25nm NAND Flash modules and delivers compressed data transfer rates of up to 550 MB/s (read) and 500 MB/s (write) over the SATA III 6 GBps interface.
- Sequential reads up to 550 MB/s and sequential writes up to 550 MB/s
- MTBF 1.2 million hours (mean time between failure)
- Form factor: 2.5″ 9.5mm
- Native Command Queuing (NCQ), TRIM, SMART, 256-bit AES
The drive was just released, but the price tag has already been reduced by more than $70.
List Price: $229.99