|Intel 525 SSD mSATA Solid State Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 11 February 2013|
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Intel 525 SSD mSATA Solid State Drive Review
Ideal high-performance storage for Ultrabook, notebook, embedded systems, and workstation upgrades
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Intel.
Built from the same technology that made the Intel SSD 335 Series possible, the Intel Solid State Drive 525 Series packages a LSI/SandForce SF-2281VB1-SDC processor optimized for the mSATA interface with 6Gb/s bandwidth and available in capacities up to 240GB utilizing 25nm INFT NAND Flash components. Ideal for high-performance storage in notebook computers, tablet devices, and enthusiast motherboard, the Intel 525 SSD is a simple upgrade that instantly boosts speed and responsiveness. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Intel SSD 525 Series mSATA Solid State Drive (SSDMCEAC240B301) against SATA 6GB/s storage solutions.
Specifications for the Intel SSD 525 Series mSATA solid state drive indicate sustained sequential read speeds up to 550 MB/s and writes reaching 520 MB/s. Performance for 4 KB random reads reaches 50,000, while writes climb to 80,000 IOPS. Intel's SSD 525 series uses a second-generation LSI/SandForce SF-2281VB1-SDC processor with enhanced BCH ECC capability that supports for ATA-7 Security Erase. Like all SF-2281 SSDs, the Intel SSD 525 series also offers standard features such as idle garbage collection, TRIM, and AES 128-bit encryption. Intel's SSD 525-series is available in 30/60/120/180/240GB capacities, and features 25nm 64GB IMFT NAND Flash components. Intel offers consumers the industry's best customer service backed by a five-year warranty on all 525-series mSATA solid state drives.
Users have several free tools available to them for managing their Intel solid state drive: Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer, and Intel Data Migration Software. Intel SSD Toolbox/SSD Optimizer delivers management, information, and diagnostic tools to maintain health on Intel SSD 525 and optimize performance to original clean-NAND levels. SSD Toolbox includes a System Configuration Tuner that assists users in configuring their computer system to take advantage of 525-series performance features. Data Migration Software helps users upgrade their PC with an Intel SSD 525 Series mSATA solid state drive. This tool clones the entire operating system and user files from an existing drive to compatible Intel SSD 525-series solid state drives.
Intel SSD 525 Specifications