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Last Edited by treyfer November 3, 2013 at 07:05 AM
Reseller kit is showing cheaper than drive only.
Intel 530 Series SSDSC2BW120A4K5 [amazon.com]

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#16
Quote from namlook View Post :
Any explanation for this newegg review?

Using the AS SSD Benchmark program I just ran a benchmark test on my new Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD. I ran the test a few times and the summary results were just about the same each time, as follows:
Intel 530 Series 240GB
Read score: 266
Write score: 286
Final score: 686

As a comparison here are the results for my Samsung 840 Pro 256GB:
Read score: 462
Write score: 404
Final score: 1112

I certainly didn't expect the Intel's benchmarks to equal or exceed the Samsung Pro but these results border on the pathetic. I certainly didn’t expect this poor showing.
It shows that this Intel SSD isn't really fast when considering other SSDs, or at least when knowing what SSDs are capable of. Frankly though, people don't buy Intel SSDs for speed but rather for reliability and warranty coverage.
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Quote from namlook View Post :
When you click on 120Gb model it shows a picture of the 320 series?

Any explanation for this newegg review?

Using the AS SSD Benchmark program I just ran a benchmark test on my new Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD. I ran the test a few times and the summary results were just about the same each time, as follows:
Intel 530 Series 240GB
Read score: 266
Write score: 286
Final score: 686

As a comparison here are the results for my Samsung 840 Pro 256GB:
Read score: 462
Write score: 404
Final score: 1112

I certainly didn't expect the Intel's benchmarks to equal or exceed the Samsung Pro but these results border on the pathetic. I certainly didn’t expect this poor showing.
Sounds like the drive is stuck/operating on SATA2 mode - max 3gps, or roughly 280MB/s write

Intel states the drive is a SATA3 drive (6gbps). The drive itself is rated 540MB/s read and 490MB/s write (with actual results probably varying slightly), but seeing the above numbers indicates (to me) that:
- the drive is installed on a motherboard that has a mix of SATA2 and SATA3 slots, and the user tested it as such (I do not know the exact configuration / test method of the user's system, but this is a common error)
- the drive is stuck in SATA2 mode
- the drive is mislabeled/defective
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#18
a snapshot of Intel 530 benchmark vs others (128KB sequential performance) from Tom hardware (you'll need to read complete article to get details)
http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...641-3.html

4KB random performance (most common benchmark)
http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...641-4.html
Last edited by siennaLe2008 November 3, 2013 at 04:00 AM
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#19
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It shows that this Intel SSD isn't really fast when considering other SSDs, or at least when knowing what SSDs are capable of. Frankly though, people don't buy Intel SSDs for speed but rather for reliability and warranty coverage.
No, one of the biggest factors if ssd is speed. If you're talking about current state of ssds then yes it would be more on reliability and warranty. Give or take your average consumer isn't able to tell the difference between ssds on the market right now, given they have fully functional ones in terms of configuration. Your above average consumer are generally enthusiasts looking for bigger numbers or more intensive applications that fall out of your norm of general usage.

The intel SSD is a fine drive as it sports your common sandforce controller and bears intel/micron high quality flash. Although this would be a solid deal if we can confirm "reseller kit" is actually oem or at least carries the same warranty service but generally the terms "bare drive" or "drive only" are more commonly used in substitute of oem.
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#20
Not on this model Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)

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hdmi?
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#21
Regarding SSD, I personally would wait 2 or just 1 week before BF for the max price drop. This of course does not take into account your urgent need for an SSD now.
I would expect more choices by then. My personal picks would we: 840 Pro, Sandisk Extreme 2, Ocz Vector, Plextor Pro (the Intel 530/520 are little disappointed comparing with other Pros in Tomshardware site) if you want the best. These carry 5 yrs warranty. Otherwise Sandisk Extreme (ultra plus), Samsung 840 EVO, Crucial m500 at much lower price would do. All of them must be at least 240gb+
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#22
Do the intel drives do encryption like the samsung?
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#23
The greatest example of Intel reliability was a company with over 500 Intel drives in 3 years with no failures. Intel is all I use at work and home, ordered 4 more for work, limit 4 per customer.
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#24
Quote from arealMESSiah View Post :
It shows that this Intel SSD isn't really fast when considering other SSDs, or at least when knowing what SSDs are capable of. Frankly though, people don't buy Intel SSDs for speed but rather for reliability and warranty coverage.
Ehm no, I'm pretty sure most people are looking for speed since random read/write performance is like 50 times higher than on a mechanical hard drive

Quote from namlook View Post :
When you click on 120Gb model it shows a picture of the 320 series?

Any explanation for this newegg review?

Using the AS SSD Benchmark program I just ran a benchmark test on my new Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD. I ran the test a few times and the summary results were just about the same each time, as follows:
Intel 530 Series 240GB
Read score: 266
Write score: 286
Final score: 686

As a comparison here are the results for my Samsung 840 Pro 256GB:
Read score: 462
Write score: 404
Final score: 1112

I certainly didn't expect the Intel's benchmarks to equal or exceed the Samsung Pro but these results border on the pathetic. I certainly didn’t expect this poor showing.
Looks like test wasn't done properly, however, every single drive intel offers will be slower than a Samsung 840 Pro, Intel hasn't done anything to upgrade the speed of their SSD's for a very long time, the only good drives they had were the expensive SLC ones (long time ago), the 520/530 have always been slower than drives from Crucial, Samsung, OCZ, Plextor etc.

http://us.hardware.info/reviews/4...-subscores
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pa...st,14.html
etc.

Intel drives are pathetic performance-wise

I'm personally staying away, price isn't better than the competition anyways.
Last edited by robinski_ November 3, 2013 at 05:16 AM
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#25
Quote from namlook View Post :
Any explanation for this newegg review??

Using the AS SSD Benchmark program I just ran a benchmark test on my new Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD. I ran the test a few times and the summary results were just about the same each time, as follows:
Intel 530 Series 240GB
Read score: 266
Write score: 286
Final score: 686

As a comparison here are the results for my Samsung 840 Pro 256GB:
Read score: 462
Write score: 404
Final score: 1112
Quote from robinski_ View Post :
Looks like test wasn't done properly..
May be the newegg reviewer is from competitor? Wink
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#26
Quote from robinski_ View Post :
Ehm no, I'm pretty sure most people are looking for speed since random read/write performance is like 50 times higher than on a mechanical hard drive



Looks like test wasn't done properly, however, every single drive intel offers will be slower than a Samsung 840 Pro, Intel hasn't done anything to upgrade the speed of their SSD's for a very long time, the only good drives they had were the expensive SLC ones (long time ago), the 520/530 have always been slower than drives from Crucial, Samsung, OCZ, Plextor etc.

http://us.hardware.info/reviews/4...-subscores
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pa...st,14.html
etc.

Intel drives are pathetic performance-wise

I'm personally staying away, price isn't better than the competition anyways.
Um, no, the other guy had it right. The speed differences wouldn't really be noticed in normal usage, and intel has a reputation for making highly reliable SSD's, which means substantially more than OMGLEETSPEEDZ!!! in a business environment.
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#27
Quote from namlook View Post :
When you click on 120Gb model it shows a picture of the 320 series?

Any explanation for this newegg review?

Using the AS SSD Benchmark program I just ran a benchmark test on my new Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD. I ran the test a few times and the summary results were just about the same each time, as follows:
Intel 530 Series 240GB
Read score: 266
Write score: 286
Final score: 686

As a comparison here are the results for my Samsung 840 Pro 256GB:
Read score: 462
Write score: 404
Final score: 1112

I certainly didn't expect the Intel's benchmarks to equal or exceed the Samsung Pro but these results border on the pathetic. I certainly didn’t expect this poor showing.
You didn't mention whether the tests were done on the same machine. Controllers can vary performance by a significant amount.
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#28
I've been running a 530 in my main rig for a year now. Might not be the absolute fastest thing out there (and I have a Samsung in our HTPC; it's also rock-solid) but it's been perfect. Even with a RAID array and a card reader - which both slow down the boot process - I'm still from power-off to desktop in about 30 seconds.

Highly recommend one if you're in the market for an SSD.
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#29
Quote from siennaLe2008 View Post :
Regarding SSD, I personally would wait 2 or just 1 week before BF for the max price drop. This of course does not take into account your urgent need for an SSD now.
I would expect more choices by then. My personal picks would we: 840 Pro, Sandisk Extreme 2, Ocz Vector, Plextor Pro (the Intel 530/520 are little disappointed comparing with other Pros in Tomshardware site) if you want the best. These carry 5 yrs warranty. Otherwise Sandisk Extreme (ultra plus), Samsung 840 EVO, Crucial m500 at much lower price would do. All of them must be at least 240gb+
I want at least 240GB (or 500GB would be even better) with a reasonable price since I already have Intel 160GG SSD in my machine. Always upgrade to a larger capacity, not lower... Wink
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#30
Quote from robinski_ View Post :
Ehm no, I'm pretty sure most people are looking for speed since random read/write performance is like 50 times higher than on a mechanical hard drive



Looks like test wasn't done properly, however, every single drive intel offers will be slower than a Samsung 840 Pro, Intel hasn't done anything to upgrade the speed of their SSD's for a very long time, the only good drives they had were the expensive SLC ones (long time ago), the 520/530 have always been slower than drives from Crucial, Samsung, OCZ, Plextor etc.

http://us.hardware.info/reviews/4...-subscores
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pa...st,14.html
etc.

Intel drives are pathetic performance-wise

I'm personally staying away, price isn't better than the competition anyways.
Quote from namlook View Post :
When you click on 120Gb model it shows a picture of the 320 series?

Any explanation for this newegg review?

Using the AS SSD Benchmark program I just ran a benchmark test on my new Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD. I ran the test a few times and the summary results were just about the same each time, as follows:
Intel 530 Series 240GB
Read score: 266
Write score: 286
Final score: 686

As a comparison here are the results for my Samsung 840 Pro 256GB:
Read score: 462
Write score: 404
Final score: 1112

I certainly didn't expect the Intel's benchmarks to equal or exceed the Samsung Pro but these results border on the pathetic. I certainly didn’t expect this poor showing.
After further research, it looks like the "scores" are correct.
I thought a read/write score of 266/286 meant MB/s, but AS-SSD scores are a combined weighted score between sequential r/w and random r/w performance.

The drive actually tests around 500MB/s sequential read AND sequential write, if the data is compressible.
However, the write speeds drop down to 1/2 (around 250-270MB/s) if the data is incompressible.
Also, its random 4k scores are about 1/2 of the 840 Pro, which brought its overall score down.
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