Intel Intros the SSD 510 with SATA 3.0 (500MB/s Read) in 120GB and 250GB Storage Capacities


For those still nursing the whiplash of Intel’s Thunderbolt news, you’ll be happy to learn that Intel has just released their speediest SSD-based SATA drive to date [press release]. Unfortunately, it’s still a long ways from taking advantage of Thunderbolt’s bi-directional 10Gb/s transfer rates (effective: 1.25GB/s). The SSD 510, nonetheless, boasts an impressive 500MB/s read, 315MB/s write speeds and leverages SATA 3.0, which, FYI, the 6Gb/s interface has the capacity to provide a max throughput of 768MB/s. OK, with all that geeky tech talk out of the way. How does it actually perform? See for yourself below. Intel has produced a series of demos placing its 34nm NAND flash memory SSD 510 against Western Digital’s 600GB VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX (10,000RPM / 6Gb/s SATA 3.0).

Bottom line: Intel SSD 510 boots faster and loads programs quicker than the fastest disc-based hard drives. However, the benefit comes at a price. Currently one can only purchase the drives in a 1,000 unit lot: 250GB @ $584 and 120GB @ $284. The same WD6000HLHX retails for $318, but can be picked up at Amazon for $249.99 today. Or you may want to seek out a OCZ Vertex 3 SSD with 500MB/s READ & WRITE capabilities due later this year.

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2 Reactions to “Intel Intros the SSD 510 with SATA 3.0 (500MB/s Read) in 120GB and 250GB Storage Capacities”


  1. Anonymous says:

    >> Currently one can only purchase the drives in a 1,000 unit lot

    The 1000-unit price is for wholesalers. Anyone can buy these right now, one at a time, on Amazon.