Intel 520 Series 2.5" 240GB

Intel 520 Series 2.5" 240GB

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    • Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD (SSDSC2CW240A310)

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    • 240GB Intel SSD 520 Series - SATA III 6Gb/s, 25nm, MLC,550/520 (SSDSC2CW240A310)

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  • 4.9 / 5
    • The good:
      Reliable, Speedy, Durable, Top of the line
    • The bad:
      Expensive

    The Intel 520 Series 240GB is an internal solid state drive with SATA 3Gb/s which is 2.5” in size. This isn’t just a Macbook upgrade; it is also a PS3 upgrade which is a better idea than deciding to buy the latest but pricey PS3. This SSD seems to be a nice alternative if you plan to replace the old and crowded one.

     

    This SSD is definitely faster than the conventional hard drive. It can make an old Macbook Pro to run quicker than the i7 from Apple. Booting up takes around ten seconds while the programs come out instantly just upon clicking. Saving and retrieving of files are done very fast. It makes the drive stronger and more responsive. This drive runs very quietly, it would be hard to recognize if it’s operating or not due to absence of sound.

     

    Installation of this drive is never difficult. Almost everyone says it is easy to do. The price is the common complaint as compared to other cheaper brands around the same capacity. However, it proves to be snappier and more reliable. Others take into consideration the big company that manufactures it, while some consider the five-year warranty. Some users were able to purchase their 520 Series 240GB at a discounted price and admitted that they wouldn’t buy without the price reduction.

     

    The drive looks heavy-duty; even after many months of use most users haven’t encountered problems yet. The Intel Toolbox software needs to be downloaded since this doesn’t come with the drive when it gets on your doorstep. The complete installation which also includes dusting, cleaning and 25-minute data migration takes less than sixty minutes with the help of the Intel/Acronis Data Migration software that comes with the SSD.

     

    However, this free software doesn’t align the data to 4K offset. There has to be an alignment to be done if you’d like to transfer your OS from an older drive. This would be a challenge to those who are new to SSD. The 520 Series 240GB is considered reliable, however, some users make a regular back-up just in case anything gets wrong. But with this drive, loading times are things of the past, and matching it with the SATA III interface can dig up the best performance from this drive. This 520 Series 240GB could do without those features from the old HDD like the super fetch and indexing. By disabling them, the life of the SSD is increased since the number of reads/writes is lowered.

     

    This SSD can accommodate more games. Compared to an HDD, it is night and day. The good part is that it works right out of the box with no issues. Those who have complaints are few and many have good things to say. This Intel 520 Series 240GB works as advertised. It is considered top of the line by many users. Almost everyone say it is expensive, however, with the entire price drop or the discounts being given by the company and many online markets, it is definitely worth the purchase. It is a good value for money.