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Intel 520 Series 120 GB SATA 6 GB-s SSD 2.5-Inch by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Intel 520 Series 120 GB SATA 6 GB/s SSD, 2.5-Inch
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 526 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 3.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality5.0   above average
Warranty4.8   above average
Reliability4.7   above average
Installation4.6   above average
Speed4.6   average
Write4.5   above average
Price4.4   average
Firmware4.3   exceptional
Windows3.9   above average
Read3.8   average
Reliable3.8   below average
Boot3.6   below average
Controller3.0   above average
Partition2.7   above average


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Boot

Boot:
"**If you get an error message, while the software reboots, that says failed to find 1) open the Intel software again 2)create a boot disk on a USB 3)then run the clone software 4) let it reboot again 5)wait for the error message again 6)manually find the boot file 7)then you should be able to clone it 8)replace the hard drive."
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"less than 25s boot in to windows 7.not the best SSD, but significant speed improvement as compared to using HDD."
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"Upon boot up, my BIOS will occasionally fail to recognize the Boot drive which causes me to do a hard shutdown and usually picks it up the second time around."
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"About a week before it stopped working I started receiving disc-related error messages while attempting to boot."
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"I was running OCZ Agility 3 60GB RAID 0 in my gaming rig and had an annoying issue where a drive was not recognized on boot causing a Failed message."
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"The read and write speeds are phenomenal, it is my primary boot drive, and windows boots in about 5 seconds."
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"Boot time is great & price point was great."
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"**If you get an error message, while the software reboots, that says failed to find 1) open the Intel software again 2)create a boot disk on a USB 3)then run the clone software 4) let it reboot again 5)wait for the error message again 6)manually find the boot file 7)then you should be able to clone it 8)replace the hard drive."
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"Great product and price, adding this as the boot drive in my desktop made it so much faster."
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Controller

Controller:
"I take it that they were successful in tracking down the problem and ironing it out in the controller."
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"IF anybody tells you that you need a separate controller card or a separate boot drive, they would be wrong."
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"I'm still a little weary because Intel is using a Sandforce controller for this drive and all my failed OCZ drives had Sandforce controllers."
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"P. S. Though Intel, through reviewers, would have everyone believe that they have produced a stabler and thus superior firmware for the SandForce controller used in their 520 SSD series, actual owners seem to report just as many blue screens and other stability issues as occur for lesser brands."
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"I highly recommend that purchasers NOT install a controller card into their 3,1 Mac Pro desktop, because you do not need one."
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"Both use different but good controllers, solid firmware, excellent performance and reliability and while they're priced 15-25% higher than similar budget ssds, its worth the extra money."
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"So you have one of the fastest controllers, the best and fastest nand, great firmware and top reliability."
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"So you have one of the fastest controllers, the best and fastest nand, great firmware and top reliability."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"I don't know if it is an SSD firmware problem or a BIOS update problem since both of my BIOS and SSD firmware are up to date."
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"I also installed the latest version of Intel's Firmware which was dated November 27, 2012 v 1.93."
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"Update the firmware and enjoy! "
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"Other than a couple of firmware issues resolved by updates, they have all worked great! "
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"All the tools and firmware are easily found on Intel's download page."
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"It is a great tool to update the firmware of your SSD, optimize your OS and perform routine maintenance."
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"Pros:+ Fast Write and Read Speeds+ Fast boot times+ Programs Games install blazing fast+ Constant firmware updates+ Great for MP games that have huge maps to loadCons:- NoneThe Intel 520 SSD is one of the best SSDs you can buy in the market and delivers crazy write and read results."
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Installation

Installation:
"For those who may have installation problems on older PCs (drive not recognized), you might need to tinker with the bios so they treat the drives a bit differently."
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"Cons:I expected that it would be a bit of a challenge installing a SSD in my 5 year old XP SP3 4 GB E8400 Abit IP35 Pro rig and I wasn't disappointed."
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"I thought it would be an easy installation, but i wasn't able to re-image my old hd to this one."
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"Also, it makes the un-boxing installing experience much more pleasant."
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"Installation was easy."
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"-Easy installation."
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"installation is easy, performance is notable, and durability is assumed with peace of mind."
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"I'm not here to talk about benchmark numbers and read and write speeds, but I will talk about what most people are going to do with the drive upon installation and ease of data transfer."
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Partition

Partition:
"If it gives you a problem, google MiniTool Partition Wizard."
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"I began by archiving wasteful data, getting her C: partition down to about 80 GB, then was able to shrink that partition (at somewhat of a hassle due to unmovable files; Google is your friend if you are having the same issue)."
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"I then had 1 1.17 GB partition, followed by an ~80 GB partition, followed by a bunch of unused space, followed by a ~10 GB hidden recovery partition."
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"Everything works fine except the Windows 7 Backup will fail as it needs at least 50 MB of free space in any partition it will back up."
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"The Intel tools worked perfectly and copied the OS partition without any issues."
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"They don't get 5 stars because their data migration software (also came in the kit) worked well, but, it shrank my system partition to 29 MB, so small I couldn't run a backup--not good timing."
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"As is I'd heartily recommend the SSD if you use another method to partition it."
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"I began by archiving wasteful data, getting her C: partition down to about 80 GB, then was able to shrink that partition (at somewhat of a hassle due to unmovable files; Google is your friend if you are having the same issue)."
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Price

Price:
"Don't bother with the Retail kit, the only difference in the Retail vs Drive Only is that the Retail Kit comes with a cheap bracket, 4 screws and a horrible grade Sata III cable, none of which are worth the extra $200(migration software if you are a clueless moron and don't know how to copy files).NOTE* If you have 1 bracket you can stack 2 SSD's on one bracket, one top , the other underneath."
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"Good isn't Cheap & Cheap isn't necessarily good."
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"We ended up paying a computer repair guy $50 to install it rather than hassle with it, and that was probably money well spent."
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"Overall, if you have the cash for a high end SSD, then the Intel 520 SSD won't disappoint you and it's very well worth the money."
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"Enough said and should not complain just because of the price."
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"Good price and 3 X faster than platter drive that came in my notebook.... Wow"
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"Probably some of the best money that I have every spent upgrading my computer."
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"just an amazing SSD for the price, the only flaw is there's no Temp sensor but they never get hot anyways I have mine installed in a inlet extreme board DZ68BC with a Intel Core i5-3570K with a corsair h80 liquid cooler Kit, 16 GB's of Kingston HyperX FURY 1600MHZ Overclocked at 1866MHZ and overvaltage +.250 volts with matching Kingston Cooling Fan for HyperX PC Memory KHX-FAN, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 plus Bluetooth Adapter, GIGABYTE GTX 660 OC Edition , Realtek sound card with 7.1 + 2 independent multi-streaming with six analog audio outputs w optical S PDIF out port, and there's nothing on the market I can play and i play everything in 4K Supersampling or surround vision 3-way the only game I cant play in max setting's is star citizen I'm a star citizen backer and have alpha access and i can play almost in max setting's"
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"The prices are also great."
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Quality

Quality:
"This is a very nice drive, high quality design, well built, nice fast speeds."
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"Love the price and quality."
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"Great, High Quality Product"
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"Fast, reliable and build quality of Intel."
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"This is a good quality SSD that has given good performance."
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Read

Read:
"What a disappointment, yesterday I noticed slow write reads, but Today it was dead, lost everything in the drive, can't even boot it in another computer, nothing, just as it had no power."
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"I finally was able to find a fix that seems to solve the issue for now, but as I read, some of the owners still experience these problems with this fix."
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"But when I used CrystalDiskBenchmark, my write speed was only about 80MB s. Sure enough, I tried copying a large folder from one area of the drive to the other and Win 7 showed a consistent write speed of about 80MB s. I called tech support which is of course out of the country (Costa Rica) and unable to do anything but read from a script."
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"I'd been on the fence about upgrading, having read some reviews about failure rates, DOA products, etc."
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"The read and write speeds are phenomenal, it is my primary boot drive, and windows boots in about 5 seconds."
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"good for 1st time but after 3 months the read speed decrease by 50% not worth for long term better samsung evo ssd"
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"Read and write times are magnificent compared to standard external hdd."
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"Love the read speeds! "
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"Getting full Read Write Speed promised for an extremely good price!"
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Reliability

Reliability:
"firms, including INTEL, that use the 3rd party SandForce SF-2281 controller in their SSD designs have seen drive compatibility reliability problems with this chip."
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"Reliability seems to be good, as well."
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"FAST FAST FAST this is a great ssd intel reliability and speed -----------------------------------------------------------------------CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : http: crystalmark."
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"Of course you get the wonderful reliability and warranty with Intel."
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"Since my previous mac had a crucial M4 I couldn't live without and SSD so i figured since the Intel in terms of other reviews is the best of both world's (Reliability, Performance) I'd hop aboard the Sandforce family."
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"Since my previous mac had a crucial M4 I couldn't live without and SSD so i figured since the Intel if the best of both world (Reliability, Performance) I'd hop aboard the Sandforce family."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"I'll update if anything goes wrong with it, but it's been very reliable and fast for me so far."
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"While OCZ encountered problems after rushing to market, the Intel 520s are stable and reliable, if not a year late to the party."
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"I like the price and the speed of this hard drive, the only cons i have on this hard drive is that is not reliable on sleep mode,also the migration software is useless did not let me copy the c:drive it wants to pick the entire disk 1tbthe only reason i give 4 stars is for the seller great price and shipping"
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"They are good performing and reliable."
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"I purchased this SSD since Intel is the famous, well known and reliable brand."
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"Good performance, reliable."
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"Once I got that issue fixed, the Intel 520 is wonderfully fast and reliable."
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"Reliable, easy to install and great performance at an honest priceLow power consumptionHigh speed data transferzero noise"
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Speed

Speed:
"We have several users who were complaining about the performance of their Adobe Creative Suite software, and these drives made a dramatic difference."
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"That gives me both storage and speed without much in the way of compromise."
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"Good, but not great speed."
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"less than 25s boot in to windows 7.not the best SSD, but significant speed improvement as compared to using HDD."
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"Intel hasn't updated the firmware since 400i and that has been since before I purchased this drive and I'm seeing other complaints of the same issue with speed."
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"I'll update if anything goes wrong with it, but it's been very reliable and fast for me so far."
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"Fast, reliable."
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"The read and write speeds are phenomenal, it is my primary boot drive, and windows boots in about 5 seconds."
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"good for 1st time but after 3 months the read speed decrease by 50% not worth for long term better samsung evo ssd"
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"I also have one in my laptop and the speed is as amazing there."
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"They are good performing and reliable."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Intel is confident enough in these drives to cover them with a 5-year warranty, which is really hard to find these days."
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"So naturally, the Intel 520 series drives are perfect for someone like me; someone that likes a long warranty on high-quality products from a reputable manufacturer."
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"Gets 2 stars due to a nice long warranty and the drive itself had nice performance when it was up."
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"Their 5 year warranty is outstanding and these are fast!"
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"Just be aware that if this SSD loses power unexpectedly you WILL have to utilize the amazing 5 year warranty."
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"Of course you get the wonderful reliability and warranty with Intel."
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Windows

Windows:
"After researching fixes, adjusting some power management options in Windows 7 made the occurrences more sporadic, but still annoying, none the less."
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"less than 25s boot in to windows 7.not the best SSD, but significant speed improvement as compared to using HDD."
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"It seems that the problems were caused by the GPT layout of the HDD, which is a ridiculous problem to have in 2012 after Windows 8 ships with GPT by default."
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"It failed to create a shortcut on my Windows desktop which threw me for a minute."
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"Everything works fine except the Windows 7 Backup will fail as it needs at least 50 MB of free space in any partition it will back up."
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"The only downside is all the windows updates with a fresh install...took forever, but now that it's up and running I love the SSD."
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"The read and write speeds are phenomenal, it is my primary boot drive, and windows boots in about 5 seconds."
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"Great Drive Intel support was also very good in helping to get it to do its housekeeping under windows XP."
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"At least a simple website link would have been helpful but instead, I had to figure out myself, how to clone it for Windows 8.1**I recommend paying a little more for the Retail Version so you know that you're getting a full warranty."
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"If you're running a Windows system, I would recommend buying a larger capacity drive."
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"Luckily, I was still able to install Windows 10 (preview) onto it and it worked just fine."
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Write

Write:
"What a disappointment, yesterday I noticed slow write reads, but Today it was dead, lost everything in the drive, can't even boot it in another computer, nothing, just as it had no power."
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"The read and write speeds are phenomenal, it is my primary boot drive, and windows boots in about 5 seconds."
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"Read and write times are magnificent compared to standard external hdd."
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"Benchmark test was also great, achieve write speed of around 400MB sec!"
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"Getting full Read Write Speed promised for an extremely good price!"
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"However, this method will only be effective as long as the write size is smaller than the cache buffer."
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