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Intel 480GB 520 Series Internal Solid-State Drive (SSD)

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Product Highlights
  • High-Performance SATA 6 Gb/s Interface
  • SSD with 480GB Storage Capacity
  • Features Intel 25 nm NAND Flash Memory
  • Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Technology
  • Max Read Speed of 550 MB/s
  • Max Write Speed of 520 MB/s
  • Random Read Up to 50,000 IOPS
  • Random Write Up to 42,000 IOPS
  • AES 256-Bit Encryption Capabilities
  • Equipped with End-to-End Data Protection

With a warranty period of five years and the technology to outperform standard hard disk drives, the Intel 480GB 520 Series Internal Solid-State Drive (SSD) delivers the durability, dependability and energy efficiency that make it one of the most desirable drives on the market - even for media creators, demanding gamers and technology enthusiasts. In a sentence, Intel's innovative 520 Series SSDs afford faster game loads, faster application loads, less all-around lag and noticeably smoother visuals. The drive features a SATA 6 Gb/s interface, 480GB capacity and a compute-quality Intel 25 nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory. The interface and flash memory work together to accelerate your computer's performance when you're multitasking and/or working with demanding applications.

Looking a little deeper into the specs and numbers associated with the 520 Series SSDs, it's easy to see that they really do afford an exceptional level of performance, when compared to the competition. The 480GB 520 Series SSD provides sequential read speeds up to 550 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 520 MB/s. Regarding random read performance, the drive offers up to 50,000 IOPS. Its random write performance is equally impressive, delivering 42,000 IOPS. Whether you're craving the technology to handle intense multitasking needs or the performance required to really unleash your demanding applications, the 520 Series can satisfy both needs.

It's easy to see that the 520 Series SSD is endowed with everything needed to take your computer's performance to another level. Yet, a drive must be efficient and offer superior protection, which is why Intel also made sure to pre-configure the SSD with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption technology. They also added "End to End Data Protection" to ensure the integrity of your stored data from the computer to the SSD and back to the computer. Plus, like other SSDs, the 520 Series features no moving parts. This allows it to be energy efficient, durable and dependable. The result is a powerful drive that requires less maintenance, keeps your information safer, and costs less to run than a traditional hard drive.

Performance

SSD built with compute-quality Intel 25 nanometer (nm) NAND Flash Memory
Accelerates PC performance where it matters most
Random read performance up to 50,000 IOPS (operations per second)
Sequential read performance of up to 550 MB/s
Handle intense multi-tasking needs and blaze through even the most demanding applications
Read performance coupled with random writes up to 42,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 520 MB/s will unleash your applications
SSD designed to satisfy demanding gamers, media creators and technology enthusiasts

Superior Data Protection

520 Series SSDs offers the best security features of any Intel SSD to date
Pre-configured with Intel Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption capabilities
Your personal data is secured by advanced encryption in the event your computer gets lost or stolen
SSD also contains "End-to-End Data Protection" ensuring the integrity of stored data from the computer to the SSD and back
Capacity 480GB
Form Factor 2.5" (6.35 cm) SATA
Interface SATA 6.0 Gb/s
Lithography 25 nm
Components Intel NAND Flash Memory
Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Technology
Latency Read: 80 µs
Write: 85 µs
Sequential Read 550 MB/s
Sequential Write 520 MB/s
Random 4K Read 50,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write 42,000 IOPS
Encryption Yes (hardware encryption)
Power Active: 850 mW (MobileMark 2007 Workload)
Idle: 600 mW (DIPM)
MTBF 1,200,000 hours
Bit Error Rate Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER): 1 sector per 10(x16 = 16th power)
Operating Temperature 32 to 158°F (0 to 70°C)
Vibration Operating 2.17 GRMS (5 - 700 Hz)
Vibration Non-Operating 3.13 GRMS (5 - 800 Hz)
Shock Operating: 1500 G / 0.5 msec
Non-Operating: 1500 G / 0.5 msec
RoHS Compliant Meets the requirements of European Union (EU) RoHS Ecological Compliance Directives
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Up to 2.75 oz (78 g)
Intel 480GB 520 Series Internal Solid-State Drive (SSD)
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    Intel480GB 520 Series Internal Solid-State Drive (SSD)
     
    4.4

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (5)
    • Fast (3)
    • Quiet (3)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (4)

    Best Uses

    • High-end multimedia (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Heavy duty user (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)

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    4.0

    Good Drive

    By Mike

    from SoCal

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Not The Fastest Writes

    Best Uses

    • High-End Multimedia

    Comments about Intel 480GB 520 Series Internal Solid-State Drive (SSD):

    Crystal Mark Benchmark on ASUS G5 VW

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    5.0

    For fast video editing

    By Igor Farago

    from Croatia

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Quiet
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Video
      • High-End Multimedia

      Comments about Intel 480GB 520 Series Internal Solid-State Drive (SSD):

      I use two of these with Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Studio for about 10 hours of recording 720p50 in Prores 422 HQ. Pull drives out and put them in e-SATA or USB 3.0 dock and you're ready to edit, it's easy as that.
      Workflow upgraded!

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      • Business

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      4.0

      Hassle free kit SSD

      By IT hobbyist

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

        Comments about Intel 480GB 520 Series Internal Solid-State Drive (SSD):

        It's a bare bone SSD drive. It was used as a laptop HDD replacement. With the apricorn software/cable, the installation was trouble free. Haven't run benchmarks but there is noteable real world speed improvements. So far so good--2 months and going. You'll want to think hard about the expense and capacity as a tradeoff.

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        5.0

        Fast, reliable, compatible

        By Laszlo

        from Boulder, CO

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible
        • Quiet
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • But Reasonable
        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Gaming
        • High-End Multimedia

        Comments about Intel 480GB 520 Series Internal Solid-State Drive (SSD):

        SSDs are still quite expensive, but what I paid, $1/GB is reasonable nowadays. The drive has been working in my PC, without any problem. I migrated my Windows-7 64 bit OS disk to this SSD, and next the PC booted from it without any need for drivers or setups. It is a couple of weeks since, working 24/7.

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        4.0

        still testing

        By guyyak

        from nyc

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • Runs Hot

        Best Uses

        • High-End Multimedia

        Comments about Intel 480GB 520 Series Internal Solid-State Drive (SSD):

        fast and expensive | but i bought it due to ssd and special features | but intel has had to lower the aes encryption from 256 to 128 because technical flaw ||

        it is said that ssd drives can stop unexpectedly | but i have decide to stop buying any product with old hard drives | i use only ssd and google drive for extra space with is still kludgy and crashplan as backup solutions | quite confident that google will resolve google drive ||

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