Intel series 510 120GB & 250GB SSD Review

By on June 28, 2011
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The king returns.

Good: Faster boot and application load times; Quiet operation
Bad: Still expensive; Will not reduce load times of some applications and games by much
Price: AED 1,050 (120GB) & 2,400 (250GB)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Setting up the SSDs was very easy. A 3.5” adaptor kit is included in the retail packaging which I found very convenient and quite easy to install in my case. The process took no more than a few minutes and involved a few screws, a screw driver, the adaptor kit and the SSD. Installing Windows 7 on the SSD was simple and straightforward.

The test system consisted of an Intel Core i7-2600K on an ASUS P8P67 EVO motherboard. Paired with that was 4GB of G.SKill RipJaws X ram and a Gigabyte HD 6870 graphics card. The whole system is powered by a Corsair TX750 PSU. All benchmarks were run on Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. For comparisons we have used a Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB (@ 10k rpm) and a Seagate 1.5TB HDD (@ 7.2k rpm)

HD Tach and ATTO (results in Mb/s)

With both SSDs offering random access times of 0.2ms each, they hold a clear lead over the Raptor and Seagate with 7.0 and 15.3ms respectively. However, the Raptor closes in on the 120GB SSD and 250GB SSD at 3GB/s in the burst speed test. We can also see a significant reduction in performance when the 250GB SSD is connected to a SATA2 port instead of the newer SATA3 ports. However, these are synthetic benchmarks that do not necessarily reflect real world experiences. The read/write speeds of the 250GB SSD are indeed impressive when on SATA 3, but it’s interesting to note the read speeds of the 120GB SSD more than the 250GB version on SATA 2.

Boot Time (results in seconds)

As is expected Intel’s SSD comes out on top here with almost 20 seconds difference between it and the Seagate and 8 seconds compared tot he VelociRaptor. The difference between SATA2 and SATA3 SSD load times is a meager 0.3 seconds which seems to point toward little noticeable speed gains between the old and new SATA speeds.

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