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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’ 180GB SSD accelerates PC performance where it matters most. With random read performance up to 50,000 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 60,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 520 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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  • John F.
  • 1/13/2014 8:04:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsmy stock ssds

Pros: have a raid 0 pair in an xeon work station.
have a raid 0 four of them in an AMD high level set up.
each setup gets top record scores in Passmark
undoubted performance no data loss ever.

Cons: in the AMD setup which ran well WITHOUT water cooling we had to add Water cooling after installing the 4 Intel ssds.
Otherwise the slight heat under stress would cause them to drop out or if they were the boot drive then a crash. After a few days of this we added the water cooling. It 100% fixed the problem of overheating under heavy stress of the Intel SSDs.

Other Thoughts: Like my OCZ high end PCI Express slot solution these babies are now selling a lot more than I paid. Amazing in the computer industry.

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  • victor z.
  • 12/28/2013 7:34:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs- one egg for Intel instructions

Pros: It works. It is fast. Too early to say about reliability. My friend using 520 series 120 Gb SSD for over a year w/o any problems, that is why I got one. It does everything right. Wakes up from all kind of sleeps flawlessly.

Cons: This one is for Intel and not for the drive itself
INTEL what is your problem!? Your cloning software instructions does not say anything about initializing drive. Drive came UNFORMATTED. If you're installing Windows from scratch you most likely would not have this problem as windows will format it for you. But if you are cloning drive you have to connect it to your computer as seconday / slave/ USB drive then go to Administrative tools / Computer Management / Disk Management. You have to initialize the drive and format it using 1024 offset IMPORTANT! Only and ONLY after you do that the drive will become accessible in Acronis based Intel cloning software. I work with Acronis for years and I know Acronis will not touch the drive unless at least one FORMATTED partition is present on it. I know that. A lot of over people know that. What about people with beginners knowledge who want to upgrade to SSD? Shame on you INTEL for being so arrogant!

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5 out of 5 eggsDependable Speed

Pros: Blazing fast speed! I have been running this as my only drive for OS and gaming, just two games, not too much space, ha! I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons Online and Skyrim (Both DX11) with high textures (many custom texture mods on my copy of skyrim) and the games run perfectly! Loading times are blazing fast. I was drawn to Intel for their advertised stability on the cherryvilles, and so far I have had no problems.

Cons: Boots OS so fast, that I have had to restart my computer a second time to get to bios! Not really a con, but it can be annoying when your post screen is only half a second.

Other Thoughts: Just to be on the safe side, I suggest making a clone of your drive. Cherryvilles are supposed to be stable, but it is still and SSD drive.

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  • Adam S.
  • 6/6/2013 9:20:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: Going on a year as my system drive and I couldn't be happier. This thing is very, very fast and has been chugging along very nicely indeed. Never any corrupt data or any other misbehavior.

Cons: None at all.

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  • Roger C.
  • 4/24/2013 4:50:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood so far

Pros: Easy install and so far is very fast. Using one for C: drive and another for installing games. Games load very fast

Cons: None so far

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  • Hiral P.
  • 1/4/2013 12:00:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWorked great for about a month

Pros: Easy install, comes with proper cables. Was a bit faster than my OCZ Vortex 2 which it replaced in daily use.

Cons: Died in about a month. Got it during black friday sale. Went to bed two days ago, turned off machine. Wouldn't boot in the morning. Good thing I hadn't formatted my old OCZ Vortex 2 120GB. Popped it back in and had minimal data loss. Ugh, now I have to figure out how to return it to Best Buy as an online purchase. Now I wish I had gotten it from Newegg, so much easier to deal with.

Other Thoughts: First SSD to die on me. And I bought it specifically for longevity of Intel SSDs. Guess they fail just the same as others. Now who to choose?

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  • Ed S.
  • 1/3/2013 5:22:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't work at all.

Pros: Were shipped quickly.

Cons: Ordered two of these, neither one worked out of the box. Have sent them back will see what the replacements do.

Other Thoughts: Be careful ordering these. Bounced around between websites looking for availability and price, didn't realize they come in three different versions. Ended up getting the OEM version with no cables or brackets. Less to return.

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  • Michael H.
  • 12/11/2012 12:09:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great as Expected

Pros: Fast, Silent, Dependable. Everything loads faster, including web pages.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is the second Intel SSD I've purchased. First one was an 80 GB that I Purchased a year and a half ago. It's still running strong and as fast as the first day I installed.

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  • Joshua L.
  • 9/21/2012 12:16:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for my first ssd

Pros: Fast, silent and an easy install.
Machine boots quick and os runs flawless.
Tabbing out of games happens instantaneous and makes life easy.

Cons: No mounting hardware, but it is an oem product.
Luckily I bought an adapter so I was fine.

Other Thoughts: Amazing for my first ssd and no hiccups or issues after a month of use so far.

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  • Toby B.
  • 8/18/2012 9:39:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Balance

Pros: the 120 is slower than the 240 but this is close to the 240.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: After problems with other manafactures, Intel is the only choice.

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