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Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A310 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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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!

  • newegg New level of performance Built with compute-quality Intel 25 nanometer (nm) NAND Flash Memory, the Intel SSD 520 Series’ 60GB SSD accelerates PC performance where it matters most. With random read performance up to 15,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and sequential read performance of up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s), your PC will blaze through the most demanding applications and will handle intense multi-tasking needs. Couple that read performance with random writes up to 23,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 475MB/s to unleash your applications. With the Intel SSD 520 Series, Intel continues to deliver solutions designed to satisfy the most demanding gamers, media creator and technology enthusiasts.
  • newegg Superior data protection features The new Intel SSD 520 Series offers Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption capabilities to keep your data safe. In the event of theft or loss of your computer, you have the peace of mind that your personal data is secured by an advanced encryption technology. Additionally, the Intel SSD 520 Series contains “End-to-End Data Protection” ensuring integrity of stored data from the computer to the SSD and back.

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520 Series Cherryville
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For


Form Factor
Memory Components


Max Sequential Read
Up to 550 MB/s (SATAIII)
Up to 280 MB/s (SATAII)
Max Sequential Write
Up to 500 MB/s (SATAIII)
Up to 260 MB/s (SATAII)
4KB Random Read
Up to 25,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 40,000 IOPS
1,200,000 hours


Out-of-the-Box Write Performance (IOPS): up to 80,000 IOPS


Operating Temperature
0°C ~ +70°C

Manufacturer Warranty

5 years limited
All Intel SSD 520 products sold in the OEM boxes have a five-year limited warranty term; however, the warranty includes a "Media Wearout" limitation. The Media Wearout limitation provides that the warranty shall expire when the usage of the drive has reached a predetermined usage limit established by Intel, which could result in a warranty term much shorter than five years for drives used in heavy-use, enterprise applications. The Media Wearout is determined by Intel's implementation of the SMART attribute "E9" Media Wearout indicator (as measured by and shown in the Intel SSD Toolbox, At any point during the warranty term, if the Media Wearout Indicator reads "1", as measured by the Intel SSD Toolbox, then the drive has reached its wear limit and the Limited Warranty at that point expires, regardless of how much time may have been remaining on the five-year term. This Media Wearout limitation is imposed due to the greater workload demands of enterprise/data center deployment on SSDs.
5 years limited

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  • Nuno D.
  • 5/29/2013 2:34:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock solid

Pros: Rock solid SSD after being put through the ringer with cheap Adata SSD!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Partitioned it in two and use it for (8GB) ZIL and L2ARC (40GB) on a zpool.

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  • Vincent J.
  • 5/8/2013 10:29:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsGood while it's lasting

Pros: Intel 520 series drives are generally fast no issues yet and come with a 5yr warranty, however pay close attention to what Intel has done to it's customers now.

Compare to N82E16820167093 and check Intel's website regarding warranty to make sure it's what you want.

Cons: It seems that Intel is now hiding behind a wear-out clause for OEMs that they conveniently determine themselves. I will say that at this time I have no issues with my current drive but I do have issue with Intel. At the time I purchases the 120GB version of the 520 drive from NE it had no conditions or exceptions shown on it and still doesn't. See N82E16820167093

I can't but wonder what the customer is going to do when the drive faults and writes E9 status in less than 90 days and Intel says the warranty's up regardless of the 5 year stated parts and labor. On this point I'd take my chances with Hitachi DeathStars... -The short resolution: don't buy OEM from Intel if you want the 5 year, but still read their coverage policy on the Intel site before making the jump.

Companies like BFG, EVGA, IBM, Compaq and Tandy have all dared to play the Warranty Shuffle Game with their customers. Few have lived through the backlash and managed to stay in business. They either learn from the mistake or closed down all consumer marketing and go corporate only if not just roll over and die with what money left over. Let's hope Intel learns to be more careful in it's offerings without having to remove much egg foo young from face.

It appears that Intel has done something similar here. They've implemented a limitation to the 5 year warranty. One can see Intel is making noises contrary to what the initial offering was due to the unforeseen / seemingly unexpected use of their product. All because it may be used in a server OS environment ?

Intel should modify the warranty to say; If said device is used in any RAID or server environments / configurations; the 5 year warranty doesn't apply and a 2 year warranty shall then be in effect.

Other Thoughts: After reading this notice regarding limitation of 5 year coverage, my fellow Game Warriors, Admins and Devs, I will error in the side of caution when it comes to a CPU and Network chipset giant trying to break into the Data peripherals market.

As I want to save buyers / owners, of this wonderful piece of equipment thus far, a potential pitfall and rude awakening of ownership should the need arise to have to actual USE warranty coverage on your purchase.

In this case a NE offering of extended warranty *MAY* be a good choice since Intel has limitation implied on OEM.

For a standard windows 7 / 8 GO FOR IT it but we warned about the warranty "cache" ;-)

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  • England R.
  • 4/16/2013 2:57:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIntel 520

Pros: This is blazing fast. I have windows 8 installed and boots under 2 seconds without drivers and bios logo. Boots under 10 secdons with drivers/logo.

Cons: None so Far.

Other Thoughts: I would tag a 2TB HDD with this for more space or an external USB 3.0 Drive for faster speeds.

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  • Elbert D.
  • 4/7/2013 11:22:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYup

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: Nada.

Other Thoughts: Nuthin. Works rull good.

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  • Mark P.
  • 2/28/2013 7:13:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Love this SSD. It has performed as expected (that is to say, it's really fast) and has given me no trouble at all.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Does not come with a 3.5" mounting adapter like some other SSDs.

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  • Regina V.
  • 2/14/2013 8:23:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSmall, affordable, reliable and fast

Pros: I bought this baby online for $60 which was a great deal. I did research before buying an SSD as to which was the most reliable make/model. That would be this one, according to the majority of internet opinions. So this drive is, statistically, the most reliable, and it is BLAZING fast. I havent used an ssd before this, but now that I have it I can see a massive difference in performance.

Cons: none.

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  • Dave A.
  • 1/2/2013 7:14:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent disk

Pros: Wear leveling, intel hardened SF controler/firmware, fast, reasonable price.

I have a ton of these at work, and several at home. Haven't had any issues with any of them thus far. They're fast, have all the features you could want, for a great price.

Cons: None.

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  • Matthew F.
  • 8/21/2012 9:33:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBEST IDEA EVER

Pros: Super fast. Installed windows in about 10 minutes. 3-5 second boot times from start up. Boot is so fast i have to spam the Del key to get into BIOS. All programs installed to SSD are amazingly fast during load, obviously. Would buy again, 10/10.

Cons: None

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  • BillyJoe G.
  • 7/23/2012 6:48:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIntel is the best

Pros: As always, fast and high quality.

Cons: none

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  • Reuben M.
  • 6/6/2012 1:03:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFirst computer build and SSD install.

Pros: Relatively cheap for SSD technology. Easy to install into chassis. Drivers for SSD came pre-installed. Intel had the drivers readily available for download and they're working.

Cons: Instructions for installation were not CRYSTAL clear to me as i'm a novice computer builder. I installed Windows several times before I realized to just LEAVE the SSD out until installation was complete. So for future reference you shall do the same. It did not come with a mounting tray but fortunately my hard drive mounts had the holes pre-drilled. I just had to find 4 screws to fit.

Other Thoughts: I haven't really used it much and Internet Explorer is the most frequently used program on my computer. The hard drive is not accessed when its called up and it seemed to boot faster right before I started to write this review.

To set this up as a cache drive:
-Either hack the registry or just go into BIOS and set SATA to RAID. (DO NOT BUILD A RAID BUT JUST SET IT).
-Install Windows normally.
-After that process install Intel's latest RST drivers from the website.

Everything after that little tid-bit should be pretty easy.

Only time will tell if it was worth the $100 or so but it seems to be doing what its advertised to do.


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