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Intel 520 Series SATA III SSD: 240GB $110, 120GB EXPIRED

Scootcha 350 September 1, 2014 at 06:58 AM in Solid State Drives (SSD) (6) More Amazon Deals
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Promoted 09-01-2014 at 08:18 AM View Original Post
Update: The 240GB Intel 520 Series SSD now ships in 1-2 months.


Amazon.com has 240GB Intel 520 Series SATA 2.5" Solid-State Drive SSD (SSDSC2CW240A310) for $109.99. Shipping is Free. Thanks poetuan Thanks Scootcha

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  • Amazon.com has 120GB Intel 520 Series SATA 2.5" Solid-State Drive SSD (SSDSC2CW120A310) for $59.99. Shipping is Free.

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Edited September 1, 2014 at 07:21 AM by BostonGirl
Amazon currently has the Intel 520 listed for $59.99 with free shipping. This is a historically low price without any rebates/coupons according to pcpartpicker.com [pcpartpicker.com]

Intel 520 Series Solid-State Drive 120 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch (9.5mm height) - SSDSC2CW120A310 (Drive Only) [amazon.com]


Intel SSD 520 Specs

Form Factors: 2.5-inch (7mm and 9.5mm z-height)
Capacity
7 mm: 120/180/240 GB
9.5 mm: 60/120/180/240/480 GB
LSI SandForce SF-2281 Controller
Intel 25nm Synchronous NAND MLC Flash Memory
SATA 6Gb/s interface
Sustained sequential read: Up to 550 MB/s
Sustained sequential write: Up to 520 MB/s
Random 4K read: 50,000 IOPS
Random 4k write: 60,000 IOPS
AES 256-bit Encryption
Intel SSD Toolbox Compatible
Power - Active - Up to 850mW (TYP), Idle: 600 mW (TYP)
Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER): 1 sector per 1016 bits read
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF): 1,200,000 hours
Lifetime Endurance - 36 TBW Minimum (5 Years, 20GB written per day)
Weight: up to 78 grams
Firmware Reviewed: 400i
5-year warranty

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#3
Intel 520 240GB [amazon.com] is also $110. Very good price for these ssd
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Nice Price!
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FYI: Limit 4.
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thanks, ordered to replace a 60gb SSD I bought for similar price 2 or 3 years ago. Nice upgrade since that machine I have constantly been fighting to keep 3-4 GB free. Now what to do with an old 60? Seriously, ideas?
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Quote from dealsdyker View Post :
thanks, ordered to replace a 60gb SSD I bought for similar price 2 or 3 years ago. Nice upgrade since that machine I have constantly been fighting to keep 3-4 GB free. Now what to do with an old 60? Seriously, ideas?
Get a cheap external 2.5" USB 3.0 enclosure and use it in that... or as a 2nd drive for extra space in your system.
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Quote from dealsdyker View Post :
thanks, ordered to replace a 60gb SSD I bought for similar price 2 or 3 years ago. Nice upgrade since that machine I have constantly been fighting to keep 3-4 GB free. Now what to do with an old 60? Seriously, ideas?
Giveaway? Big Grin
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#9
Another expensive brick shake head:

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I bought two of these drives. Used them for a few months in both AHCI and RAID1 configuration. It didn't take long since I started getting BSOD's and raid desegregations. Since I was always pleased with Intel's SSD's, it didn't occur to me that the they could be the problem. Until I did some research and found out that Intel used the infamous SandForce controller in these SSD's.
Some time ago, I bought two USB 3.0 memory sticks that both used SandForce controllers, and yes you guessed it, they both died within a few weeks.
You can check another user's review here: [...]
My recommendation to you would be to buy any other SSD but this one provided they do not use SandForce.
At the moment, I installed my old and reliable Intel X-25M, and the system is working flawlessly.
Hope that helps.
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The first one failed after two restarts. Their replacement is failing again after one year. I an running Spin Rite to regain bad sectors and there are a huge number of bad sectors!!!

Buy at your own risk!!!!
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What a disappointment, yesterday I noticed slow write/reads, but Today it was dead, lost everything in the drive, can't even boot it in another computer, nothing, just as it had no power.

Had it for a year and paid over $800 for it. These drives are still not ready for the end user with only 1 of these unless you have 2 or 4 in a raid 1 or 10.

Hope I can get a replacement, but having pass about a year I doubt it.

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Firmware issues..., June 2, 2013
Jerold Alan Kaman

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This review is from: Intel 520 Series Solid-State Drive 180 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch - SSDSC2CW180A3K5 (Reseller Kit) (Personal Computers)

As with many other users, I experience periodic 'freezes' of my laptop while the HDD/SDD access light remains solidly illuminated. This issue is identified by many other users, and is disregarded by Intel Support. Intel hasn't issued a firmware update in the entire time I've owned the drive, which is a significant time period. Do yourself a favor and avoid the Sandforce controller and the Intel product entirely.
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Quote from DuncanTrussell View Post :
Another expensive brick shake head:
Idiots dont know how to update or check for updates for their firmware:
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/...rodId=3765

Next time research. There are a lot of dumb people out there. And stop reading such old reviews.
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#11
I've had the 120 gig 520 for two years now. Amazing drive and no issues. Firmware updates are easy and drive health is still near 100%
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#12
dang it. still considering the EVO but this is tempting.
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#13
just wait for a deal on a samsung evo these intels are old tech

these intel 120s should be $40 each since the evos have been $55 before and are faster drives

all the intel drives are going to be clearancing out since intel is getting out of the ssd game

i guess if you're in dire need of an ssd at this very second not a bad drive or anything also wont make a diff in speed if you're going to be using it on sata2

idk why this is front page its not that incredible, maybe if it was a year ago or something
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Quote from Scootcha View Post :

Form Factors: 2.5-inch (7mm and 9.5mm z-height)
AFAIKT they are 9.5mm. I need 7mm?
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#15
I would prefer the EVO http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...PDKIKX0DER also great price
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