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Intel 520 Series 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Crystalmark is a useful benchmark to measure theoretical performance levels of hard drives and SSD’s. We are using V3.0.1 x64.

Incompressible data performance is excellent, although we would expect write performance to increase noticeably when we change to ‘0x00' mode. Sequential read performance is excellent, averaging 483 MB/s. The Intel ‘tuned' firmware performs well with this benchmark.

As we do with all our SSD reviews, we enable ‘compressible’ data mode, called ’0×00′. The performance gains are as we would expect with a Sandforce controller, with sequential write performance increasing from 303 MB/s to 486 MB/s.

Above, some compares with other leading solid state drives which we have reviewed in the last couple of months.

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