Intel 510 

Released April, 2011
  • 250 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
  • 128 MB
6.5 Out of 10

The sequential read performance is excellent, but then again it should be, since the Marvell controller has been tuned for just that.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
Our other benchmarks also show great results for the 510 Series, making it the fastest SSD we tested so far.
by techPowerUp!

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel 510

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

Intel 510
5.7
840 Pro
6.6
4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

Intel 510
5.9
840 Pro
7.0
4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Intel 510
7.8
840 Pro
8.1
Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy

Benchmarks

How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Intel 510
7.2
840 Pro
7.6
Passmark Disk Rating, PCMark Vantage, AS SSD Score and 1 more

6.5

SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

Intel 510
6.5
840 Pro
7.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel 510

4K Random Read

Intel 510
71.2 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s
840 Pro
311.34 MB/s

4K Random Write

Intel 510
38.29 MB/s
840 Pro
130.58 MB/s
840 EVO
106.65 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

Intel 510
10.7 s
840 Pro
7.8 s
Samsung 840
9.3 s

Avg. Power Consumption

Intel 510
2.56 Watts
Samsung 840
1.69 Watts
840 Pro
2 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

Intel 510
6.52 ms
840 Pro
1.91 ms
840 EVO
2.34 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

Intel 510
3.51 ms
840 EVO
0.78 ms
840 Pro
0.8 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel 510


8.0
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.

9.1
Intel's 510 Series uses a SATA 6 Gbps interface which produces speeds up to 6 Gb/s..

7.0
So like a great many SSDs it's ideal for moving large files around but not so handy at moving small file packages around the place.

Overall

8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

After hammering on the drive for hours, the drive performance was nearly back to full form after a few hours of idle time.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)
The RAID 0 performance was just awesome but out of reach financially for many consumers.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)
In RAID 0 mode, reads darn near exceeded 1000 MB/s which is faster than any storage device we have tested in any configuration by 15%-20% depending on the transfer file size.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)

Speed

Being based on MLC Intel memory, with support for SATA 6 Gbps it aims to be the fastest consumer SSD that money can buy.
by techPowerUp!
With the next generation of drives using SandForce's SF-2000 controller about to appear anytime soon and if the speculation about the pricing of the new drives is correct then Intel way well be hit by a double whammy – competition with much faster drives at the same price point.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
In some respects, the 510 is Intel treading water while sorting out the controller for the next generation of the X25-M Yes, it's a fast drive, but it leaves more of a thought of what might have been especially with the new SandForce controller equipped drives appearing anytime soon.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)

Interface

It's everything you need to get the drive installed and up and running: a 3.5-inch mounting bracket; a four-pin Molex to SATA power adapter; a SATA cable; data migration software; and Intel's superb SSD Toolbox software utility.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
Now Intel has looked to plug this gap in its roadmap with the 510 series (code name ElmCrest), which launched with 120GB and 250GB capacities and a SATA 6Gbps interface aimed at gamers, enthusiasts and workstation users.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
We saw that their "Elm Crest" drives were due out in Q1 '11 and they would be 34nm NAND based with a 6Gbps SATA interface.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)

Price

If you are looking for the best price/performance ratio, then Crucial's C300/M4 are unbeatable, thanks to their low price.
by techPowerUp!
While that may be true, performance isn't the only factor when considering which hard drive to buy and the important point in this respect is that both OCZ's RevoDrive 120 and the Intel 510 Series 120GB are price in the same £220-£230 price bracket, so the comparison is valid from the £ per Gigabyte point of view.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
The MSRP on the drives are $284 and $584 for the 120 GB and 250 GB drives respectively although current retail prices are inflated a little to the tune of $314.99 and $614.99.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2011)

Capacity

Once the drive is formatted and Windows installed, you have a usable 111GB, the rest of the space (12.7%) reserved for over-provisioning duties.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
The flash chips are made by Intel and have a capacity of 16 GB each, they are produced on Intel's 34 nm process node.
by techPowerUp!
The important product highlights like capacity and warranty are immediately visible on the front.
by techPowerUp!

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 250 GB
Cache 128 MB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller Marvell 88SS9174
Memory type MLC

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Weight 80 g

manufacturer performance

MTBF 1,200,000 hours
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