Considering that the Intel 520 Series solid state drive uses the same Sandforce SF-2281 controller as the Kingston HyperX and OCZ Vertex 3 MI, it’s not surprising that the results we recorded are quite similar in a number of the tests.
All four of the drives on test use high-quality synchronous memory, which deals with incompressible data much more effectively than asynchronous memory, which is cheaper.
Compared to the previous generation Intel 510 Series drive, the 520 Series performed better on average even though it was beaten in a few tests. The two drives are based on completely different controllers, though, so this isn’t surprising.
We cannot be sure as to exactly how the Intel 520 Series will compare in terms of price to the other drives on test as we only have volume pricing information available. We are sure, though, that it will be around USD 150 to USD 200 more expensive than the Kingston HyperX when it comes to market and when we take into account the USD 60 rebate that is currently available on the Kingston drive.
Considering this vast price difference between the drives and the generally close performance, we would find it hard to recommend the Intel 520 Series to any users looking for good value for their money. However, many enthusiasts swear by Intel’s SSDs as they have a reputation of being more reliable than other brands. Whether this is worth an extra USD 150 to USD 200 is something you will need to decide for yourself.