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We have collected 2 reviews of the Intel 510 Series 250 Go. Experts rate Intel 510 Series 250 Go 8/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the Intel 510 Series 250 Go and Intel SSD hard drives.
Intel delivered one of the fastest consumer-level solid-state drives (SSDs) when it released its X25-M back in 2008. Now that technology has advanced to include the even speedier 6Gbps SATA III, and competitors such as OCZ and Crucial have instituted it on their own SSDs, Intel is trying to recapture the performance crown with its 510 series. Based on our testing of the 250GB model (priced at $584 list), Intel pulls out some fine performance, particularly when handling sequential data, but its slower random-access speeds and higher price position it just slightly behind our current Editors' Choice, OCZ's own 240GB Vertex 3 ($499.99 list, 4.5 stars). Unlike the X25-M, in which Intel used a proprietary controller of its own design, the 250GB SSD 510 Series uses a Marvell 9174 controller - the same one used in the 256GB Crucial m4 ($499.99 list, 4 stars). In addition to using 16 packages of 34nm Intel NAND, which amount to about 233GB of storage space once the drive is formatted (with the rest dedicated to overprovisioning), the Intel drive has a hefty 128MB of DRAM - four times as much as the second-generation X25-M. (For more information about buying an SSD, read our article "How to Buy an Internal Solid-State Drive.")
The solid state storage market continues to bristle with activity. Over the last couple of weeks, we have shown you two hot new SSDs from OCZ—the Vertex 3 and the Vertex 3 Pro--that offer stellar performance, thanks in no small part to their next-gen SandForce SF-2000 series controllers with native SATA 6Gbs support. And now, it is Intel's turn to make a little noise in the space with new drives that boast similar SATA 6Gbps support. To coincide with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and the Intel Solution Summit that took place in Las Vegas this past week, Intel announced its brand new Solid State Drive 510 Series products. The new 510 Series SSDs build upon Intel's successful X-25M series of solid state drives by offering native support for SATA 6Gbs interface speeds, with maximum reads in the 500MB/s range and write speeds of approximately 315MB/s—huge improvements over the previous generation. The features and specifications for the first two drives that will initially comprise the 510 Series line-up are as follows: The Intel Solid State Drive 510 Series will be outfitted with 34nm Intel MLC NAND flash memory when introduced, although there's a possibility future iterations will use newer, more advanced 22nm Intel NAND flash.