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

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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’ 120GB SSD accelerates PC performance where it matters most. With random read performance up to 25,000 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 40,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 500 MB/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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

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  • Shaun P.
  • 8/21/2014 6:50:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggs2 years and counting

Pros: Fast, Stable.

Cons: no cons... this drive has been flawless

Other Thoughts: I have used Intel SSD's as main drives for 4 years now. I have never had anything but positive results. This drive is probably out dated, but it has ran like a champ for me. Naturally I go thru a thorough SSD tweak and config with a secondary drive.

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  • Roderick B.
  • 9/5/2013 2:08:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo Problems

Pros: Durable, speed, improved battery life, and capacity-price.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I've had this SSD for over a year now (08/08/2012), installed into my Alienware M17 R4. Never ran into a problem, I did download the Intel SSD manager. Worth the investment.

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  • James B.
  • 8/17/2013 7:50:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This thing is great. Bootup (from the start of when the Windows 7 slash screen first appears) to desktop (including typing my password) takes about 10 seconds.

The Intel SSD Toolbox (available through Intel's website) is unobtrusive. This drive shipped with the latest firmware (though, I did check prior to installing this drive using my old W7 installation).

120GB is enough space for the OS, some basic, small programs, Diablo 3, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Lightroom 3, I still have ~60gb free for more programs.

According to the specs (though, I have no hard evidence for it), this drive has faster write than other, similarly sized drives.

Cons: A little on the more expensive side for SSDs

Other Thoughts: Great as an OS/programs drive. Dumped my data on a traditional hard drive and pointed W7 to look for the data libraries there.

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  • Robert S.
  • 5/29/2013 9:20:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsFast and reliable

Pros: Fast. (Not the fastest of the fast, but still very fast in comparison to HDD's and some cheaper SSD's)
Reliable. It's been running like a champ for going on 6 months, no problems thus far and I have no doubt that it'll continue to live on for much longer. Also, it's made by Intel so it's designed to last.

Cons: Price if you pay full price. I got this on sale, so it's not a con for me, but if I paid full price, $160 would be a con.

Other Thoughts: I've had SSD's from Corsair, OCZ, Crucial, and of course Intel. Out of the 5 SSD's I personally own, only two have died. The crucial was my favorite, it died after a year and 2 months due to improper handling. One of two OCZ's (different models) just flat out died without warning after 5 months because OCZ produces terrible products. (And gives terrible service. Don't ever trust any OCZ mail-in-rebate offers. Actually, a tip for shoppers, just don't buy SSD's from OCZ period)

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  • David H.
  • 3/29/2013 5:53:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNoticeably fast, great for gamers.

Pros: -Fast enough for me, I notice a difference if I put games on it or use the Intel Rapid Storage Technology alongside it. It's able to quickly access Fraps Video and Picture files much much faster than what I had before.

Cons: -An absolute awful paint job compared to Samsungs series SSDs. It was bare uncoated metal on mine that easily scratched.
-I'm not a big fan of case badges, but if they give them to me I'll put them on, but the case badge for this SSD is absolutely horrendous.
-Funny to note that both cons have to deal with design, not performance. Intel should stick with their technology and forget about design.

Other Thoughts: -If you're interested in design, such as you want this to be in an external SSD for a laptop, not a good buy. If you're going to have this buried in the desktop, absolutely worth the buy however there may be better SSDs for the price.

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  • sherman d.
  • 2/19/2013 9:23:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsGreat SSD

Pros: Very Easy To Install
very fast, not the fastest but i was more interested in dependability

Cons: Not as fast as some drives on the market

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  • byan s.
  • 2/14/2013 12:01:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggs120GB SSD

Pros: Easy install, blazing fast

Cons: Not free

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  • Tim C.
  • 2/4/2013 11:15:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSomething's not right here...

Pros: Fast, quiet, and low watt power usage for my laptop (slightly better battery life)

Cons: Simply doesn't work with my Macbook Pro. Freezes and crashes every hour or so and just makes my system totally unstable. I've read a lot reviews about this and it looks like I'm not the only one. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. I think it might be a firmware issue, but my SSD was shipped with the most recent one (as of 2/4/13). Sad to say I won't be using an Intel SSD until this issue has been addressed.

Other Thoughts: I will be looking at other SSD brands for my Macbook Pro. I had just wished I returned it sooner considering Newegg's return I'm stuck with paperweight

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  • John P.
  • 1/9/2013 9:59:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsGood So Far

Pros: Installed easily. Painless software install from Intel site. Got it for $99.00. Used the Intel data migration software, worked great.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Only time will tell if this is a good drive. So far it's doing great.

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  • Dustin C.
  • 12/17/2012 5:13:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsALL of the speed is MINE

Pros: I will never go back to a HDD after this. I waited a while for SSD's. This is my first. 15 seconds boot time and unbelievable install/transfer speeds. Reliable and fast. Have an HDD for data/movies/music. literally save 35 seconds every restart/start-up and tons of time while using it.

Cons: Can't think of one. Price maybe? but it's so fast and reliable.

Other Thoughts: I researched and read everywhere I could to get a sense of what I should buy. it was between the Intel 520 and the Samsung 830 series. The 830 is a little cheaper and a little slower, which means it was completely sold out. I am more than happy with this. I get a little faster speeds than equitable samsung 830;s and the firmware and everything is GREAT on the intel. Reliable and fast. love this ssd.

I usually try to get like 7/10 in performance and 9/10 in reliability to buy a reasonable price point device for almost anything with electronics. This is probably an 8/10 in performance and a 10/10 in reliability for just a few dollars more. And now I probably pushed myself into always wanting to buy intel SSD's from here on out. They just made another loyal customer for their memory market.

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