Intel 510 Series 120GB

The 510 series of SSDs are Intel's newest SSDs and work on Intel's 34nm MLC NAND flash memory

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Intel 510 Series 120GB Intel's 510 series is their latest range of SSDs
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  September 19, 2011

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Key Specs

Capacity: 120GB
Data transfer rate: 221.39MB/sec seq read, 184.04MB/sec seq write
Form factor: 2.5-inch
Interface: Serial ATA
Price: $284

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When Intel first released its speedy X25-M series SSD drives, it immediately drew the attention of enthusiasts and overclockers. The 510 Series, while not direct successors, are the company's latest SSDs.

The 120GB drive, like every other SSD drive in this test, features a 2.5-inch formfactor and underneath the rather bland exterior sits Intel's 34nm multi-level-cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. 6Gbps Serial ATA III support stands as a testament to the drive's recent introduction.

Putting this 510 Series drive to the test it managed decent performance numbers in terms of both sequential and random read and write performance. In our AS SSD benchmark the drive managed sequential read and write speeds of 221.39MB/sec and 184.04MB/sec - the highest figures here. Moving to the 4K and 64K random read and write tests, the drive lost a little bit of steam and fell behind some of the contenders here though it is far from slow.

Given that the drive also retails for $2.37 per gigabyte it offers decent value when you consider it's covered by a three-year warranty.

The only issue we have with the 510 Series drive is with its mean time between failure (MTBF) rating of 1,200,000 hours. Every other SSD offering here packs a higher MTBF, which means the 120GB 510 Series drive could potentially fail sooner than all the other drives here.

Verdict: While long term reliability is a question mark, the 120GB 510 Series is a fast and well-priced SSD for any type of user.

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