Intel SSD 520 Series 240 GB Solid State Drive Review

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As you will have gathered from the previous page, we measured the performance of each drive using three different programs: AS SSD, CrystalDiskMark, and HD Tune. We will be looking at the test results from each program in the order they appear in the list above.

It is important to note that we connected the SSDs to a SATA-600 port on our motherboard rather than a SATA-300 port, which could cause performance limitations. We used the default configuration in AS SSD for our tests.

Intel SSD 520 Series 240 GB Solid State Drive Review

In the read test, the Intel 520 Series, OCZ Vertex 3 MI and Kingston HyperX achieved a similar level of performance which was around 8 % better than the Intel 510 Series. In the write test, however, the Intel 510 Series drive achieved the best level of performance, beating the Kingston HyperX by 8%, the Intel 520 Series by 14% and the OCZ Vertex 3 MI by 17 percent.

Intel SSD 520 Series 240 GB Solid State Drive Review

The Intel 520 Series drive came out on top in the read test, beating the Kingston HyperX by 11%, the OCZ Vertex 3 MI by 15% and the Intel 510 Series by 23 percent. However, in the write test, the Intel 520 Series, Kingston HyperX and OCZ Vertex 3 MI achieved a similar level of performance which was about 33% better than the Intel 510 Series.

Intel SSD 520 Series 240 GB Solid State Drive Review

In the access time read test, the Intel 520 Series and Kingston HyperX achieved a similar low score which was about 141% faster than the OCZ Vertex 3 MI and 182% faster than the Intel 510 Series. In the write test, however, the Intel 510 Series scored lowest (i.e., better), beating the Intel 520 Series by 178%, the Kingston HyperX by 143% and the OCZ Vertex 3 MI by 153 percent.

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Author: Henry Butt

Henry has been taking apart computers since the age of 10, which eventually lead to a career in technology journalism. He's written for numerous leading UK technology websites as well as writing advisory articles for Best Buy.

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