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Stay ahead of the competition when you level up to 6.0 gigabits per second (Gb/s) performance. Intel Solid-State Drives (Intel SSDs) continue to evolve with the Intel SSD 500 Family. Available in a wide range of capacities, the Intel Solid-State Drive 520 Series delivers leading performance for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA)-based computers in capacities ranging up to 480 GB. By combining Intel's leading 25nm NAND flash memory technology with SATA 6Gb/s interface support, the Intel SSD 520 Series delivers sequential read speeds of up to 550 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s. The industry-standard 2.5-inch form factor enables interchangeability with existing hard disk drives (HDDs) and native SATA HDD drop-in replacement with the enhanced performance, reliability, and ruggedness offered by an SSD.
The Intel SSD 520 Series also offers built-in data protection features including Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit Encryption, End-to-End Data Protection, and Data Compression. Now that your work is safe, use the world-class performance of the Intel SSD 520 Series to dominate your gaming competition or to reach new levels of creativity and productivity. The choice is yours!
Intel 520 480GB SSD
Pros: Very simple, very fast, very large. I upgraded to Ivy Bridge and replaced my velociraptor 300GB (great drive at the time) with the Intel 520 SSD, 480GB. About $1 per gigabyte; about the same I paid for the Velociraptor a few years ago. I moved ~6GB of photos from the velociraptor onto a flash drive, taking about 30 minutes. I downloaded them onto the 520 in about 5 minutes! Booting with Windows 8 Pro on the 520 takes approximately 7 seconds!
Cons: Why does it come with a mandatory 2mm spacer?
Other Thoughts: I will get another 520 as it the first one fills up with photos and videos and wait for mSATA on boards to speed up to SATA III or PCI-e 3.0 to move my operating system to an mSATA drive and use the two 520s for "storage".
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Very fast, and finally somewhat decent storage capacity
Pros: Intel's 520-series SSDs are very fast. I put one of these in my PC and moved my Windows 7 x64 boot & system partitions to it, and my Windows bootup time went from about 1-2 minutes (estimated) down to about 25-30 seconds (estimated). Applications load a bit quicker too.
Cons: SSDs are still a bit expensive. Also, the storage blocks on SSDs can only be written to a limited number of times, so you need to take special care to preserve the life of an SSD (never defragmenting, move temporary directories and the Windows swap file to a traditional hard drive if you have one, etc.).
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“Very simple, very fast, very large. I upgraded to Ivy Bridge and replaced my velociraptor 300GB (great drive at the time) ...”— 2/11/2013
“Intel's 520-series SSDs are very fast. I put one of these in my PC and moved my Windows 7 x64 boot & system partitions ...”— Eric 9/21/2012