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Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD (Solid State Drive) SATA3 SSDSC2CW120A310
120GB Cherryville 520 SSD (SSDSC2CW120A310)Australian Owned International Distribution
The Intel 520 Series 120 GB is an internal solid state drive that has the SATA 3 Gb/s and is 2.5 inches in size. Almost 75% of the users of this internal SSD are satisfied with its features and performance. This 120 GB SSD is considered by some as expensive.
But it was originally cheaper than other brands like OCZ, Samsung and Corsair. However, with all the discounts being given by those companies and online markets these days, it seems that this Intel product has become a little expensive if not of the same price range with other brands. One huge plus factor, is that no one finds easy to resist is its 5-year warranty. This SSD is as good as advertised. The changes that it makes to the computer are radical. Booting up or shutting down takes only one to two seconds. Programs load instantly without issues.
Heat has obviously lessened and the time spent to transport data by the gigabytes whether music or full HD movies is around five minutes. Hanging or lagging is a strange word when you use an SSD like this one. Issues are found somewhere around installation. Some users had their documents transferred through external USB enclosures. Others got themselves the Windows 8 boot CD which enabled them to do this task successfully. This product comes with the required cables, manual and the cloning software which makes swapping really painless.
On the other hand, not everyone was lucky. Some actually found the installation very challenging, but when done, everything seems to be OK. Just like other cases, there were some who received their SSD Dead on Arrival, others died after a few days. Requesting for the RMA or return merchandise authorization involves money and time.
Most users wish that quality control is better and stricter for all products being bought online. The SATA cables that come with the SSD are not A-quality, although, they are 3.0 compliant. One plus factor is that this SSD doesn’t need a firmware update since it is delivered with the latest firmware version. Windows can be installed trouble-free if the installation steps are just followed well. This SSD uses less power and it is obviously faster than a typical HDD. The needed laptop data migration cable doesn’t come with the SSD. It is the SATA to USB cable for laptop installation.
The cloning software needs to be installed and is easy to do. It normally takes around one to two hours to transfer data completely. The adapter bracket has more conductivity since it is made of metal. The mounting plate that comes with the SSD makes this drive look as big as a typical HDD.
In summary, this Intel 520 Series 120 GB is one of the most competitive solid state drives on the market these days except for the latest releases like the 180 GB and the 240 GB. Compared to other brands of the same capacity, this SSD is one of the favorites. Its price is going down just like the others, but its 5-year warranty stays the same.