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Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW180A3K5 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • 2.5"
  • 180GB
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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 up to 480 GB, the Intel Solid-State Drive 520 Series delivers leading performance for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA)-based computers. 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 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 80,000 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.
  • newegg 2.5" to 3.5" Bracket Included This SSD features a standard 2.5-inch form factor for notebooks and select desktops. The included 2.5" to 3.5" bracket lets you install your 2.5” SSD into a standard 3.5” drive bay to extend the storage of most desktop computers.

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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 520 MB/s (SATAIII)
Up to 260 MB/s (SATAII)
4KB Random Read
Up to 50,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 60,000 IOPS
1,200,000 hours


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


Operating Temperature
0°C ~ +70°C

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

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  • Jeff T.
  • 7/19/2013 7:42:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLightening fast I'm amazed

Pros: Very simple installation, all brackets and screws included. Online data transfer went flawless. Up and running from opening box to using computer 30 minutes

Cons: None so far

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  • robin a.
  • 6/24/2013 5:01:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNice deal

Pros: I purchased this in an open box deal , which I've never done before. I was suprised to find out it was brand new and after looking at it in the tool box it appeared to have never even been installed before. It seems to work the same as a Ocz vertex 4 256gb I use.

Cons: None

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  • Michael L.
  • 5/28/2013 10:16:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest drive ever

Pros: Super fast and reliable. Perfect for desktops and laptops alike. Enough storage to load every program you could possibly need + 32GB swap.

Cons: None whatsoever. If you must store 1000's of pics and movies, buy a second HDD.

Other Thoughts: This drive is has been the perfect combo of price, performance and reliability for about a year now.. I use this drive in every workstation I build for an architecture firm, and have installed several in laptops. Nearly 50 units, none have failed!

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  • 5/14/2013 4:04:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBEST of the BEST

Pros: I only buy INTEL for one reason. QUALITY. They simply work. You can take a chance and try to buy one cheaper. And at 500+ megabit read/write speed, is there really as faster speed option needed. Do your research. I have 5 INTEL ssd's in a netbook, two laptops , and a desktop, with never a problem in any of these computers.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Intel ssd's are really a "no brainer". Just buy.

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  • Calvin H.
  • 5/2/2013 6:51:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: First thing to do was to test this baby out. Connected as external to my laptop that has a Cherryville 520 Series 120 GB SSD installed and running. Then tried copying files back and forth to see how fast this thing would run. Speed writing to the 180 GB drive was normal around 140+. But when I tried to write it back, the loading screen popped in and out in a blink of an eye... O.o 750 ish MB/s?? Mind blown!!

Cons: Nothing!

Other Thoughts: Buy this series of Intel drives!

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  • Gerard P.
  • 3/27/2013 8:41:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMysecond one

Pros: This one replaces a 120 GB on my main.
The first one was on an old HP DV7 1130us which is now super.
I used the cloning soft without any problem on all conversions, including the cloning from 120 to 520 GB.
Not a single glitch.

Cons: The price!

Other Thoughts: On second thoughts, when I read the reviews of the competition, I think this was well spent money....

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  • Jeremy P.
  • 3/23/2013 7:27:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIs this heaven?

Pros: Super fast. It's all been said by owners before me. Get it now thank me later.

Cons: Instructions could be a little more detailed.

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  • Erik R.
  • 3/22/2013 9:48:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslightining fast

Pros: I just wrote a review on the 335 series intel ssd.

i will sum up everything in this review.

ssd is crazy fast.

it is very light and has less heat.

it has wonderful mounting options. side screws and bottom screw holes.

the package comes with everything you need to make it work, sata 6 cable, 3.5 to 2.5 converter, love it.

the only difference between this 520 series and the 335 is the rated speeds both in the read and write and on the 4k iops. i bought this 520 series for my OS and programs drive to make everything nice and quick. it does exactly that. love it.

blinding speeds, it takes longer for my system to post beep than it does for windows to boot. and post isnt even that long.

i am exceedingly happy with switching to ssd for my OS and programs drive, adobe cs6 opens so fast i soil myself.

now i am impatient when using a computer with a spinner hdd and have to wait for the disc to spin up and then start to send data.

dont be fooled by people saying the write cycles are less than spinning hdds and all that jazz. with some simple research you will see tests that show the write cycles of an ssd are just as long or on pare with bearing life of a spinner hdd.

there are sometimes that things fail quickly or right out of the box, its life rma and move on.

Cons: well not really a con but worth mentioning.

as with any new technology the price is high.

if you like to be on the edge of everything then price is usually not an object for you.

if your a bit cautious with your cash, wait a bit and the price will drop and you'll get to bask in the ssd speed goodness.

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  • Eric C.
  • 3/18/2013 6:37:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs expected, great performance!

Pros: Fast boot times, data transfer utility worked flawlessly

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these hard drives for 2 kids laptops. As expected, the laptops boot so much faster than with the originals. Boot times are ~15 seconds when they were ~60 seconds before. The Intel drive has a better warranty than others and I am optimistic that these drives will last a very long time! Very happy with everything so far!

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  • James M.
  • 3/10/2013 7:22:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat SSD

Pros: I use this SSD for all my programs and games and have had no complaints or issues. Great SSD

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I use an Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD to boot Windows. (One SSD for Windows, and this SSD for programs/games)

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