The SATA 3-compatible Intel 510 SSDs use Marvell controllers, just like the Corsair Performance 3 series and the RealSSD C400/Crucial m4. It is available in the capacities 120GB and 250GB, which differ in performance depending on capacity–the 120GB drive is capable of sustained sequential read speeds of 400MB/s and sustained write speeds of 210MB/s, whereas the 250GB version is faster–up to 500MB/s reads and 315MB/s writes.
To achieve speeds over 265MB/s, you need a motherboard with a SATA 3, 6GBps interface. Unlike some of the competition, Intel’s 510 series uses more robust 34nm NAND as opposed to 25nm found in certain competing models including the Crucial m4.
- Sequential Read: Up to 500 MB/second (250GB)
- Sequential Write: Up to 315 MB/second (250GB)
- NAND type: MLC
- Interface: SATA 3
- Controller: Marvell
- Form Factor: 2.5 inch
- DRAM Cache: 128MB DDR3
- Power Consumption (Active): 380 mW
- Power Consumption (Idle): 100 mW
- TRIM support: Yes
- SMART support: Yes
Pricing and Availability:
Newcomers to SSD technology are unlikely to be disappointed by what the 510 Series has to offer, but we’re left wanting more from Intel’s premium solid-state drive.
Intel’s SSD 510 costs more and it can serve up better sequential numbers than Vertex 3. However, it’s actually slower than its predecessor in situations where you’re working with lots of small files.