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Intel 520 Series drive to set new SSD benchmark

Intel announces the availability of its 520 Series solid-state drive that's slated to redefine consumer-grade SSD performance.

The new Intel 520 Series solid-state drive.
The new Intel 520 Series solid-state drive. Intel

Intel announced today its latest consumer-grade solid-state drive, the Intel SSD 520 Series.

The new drive supports the latest SATA 3 (6Gbps) standard, uses Intel's 25-nanometer (nm) NAND memory process technology, and is powered by an LSI SandForce Flash Storage Processor with firmware that Intel co-defined and validated. Intel says the 520 Series will set new industry performance benchmarks for SSDs.

According to Intel, the Intel SSD 520 Series delivers up to the maximum of 80,000 4K random write IOPS and up to 50,000 4K random read IOPS, which will greatly improve application performance. The drive also offers high sequential read performance of up to 550MBps and up to 520MBps sequential writes, meaning it would cut down the amount of time needed when copying data from one place another.

The new SSD series comes in five capacities ranging from 6GB to 480GB, including a new 180GB capacity. All of them are backed by a five-year warranty and support for Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption capabilities and stronger password protection for security.

The new Intel 520 Series drive is available now. Consumer prices weren't given, but the drives cost $149, $229, $369, $509, and $999 for the 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, and 480GB models, respectively, when you buy 1,000 units at a time.