Intel 530 SSD review

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Specifications and Features

Specifications and Features

So the sample that has arrived in our secret test facility is the 240GB version of the drive. The 530 series will come with asynchronous MLC written NAND, Intel has not yet released a spec sheet on the memory though Intel's proprietary NAND flash is used. 

Just like the 520 series, the SSD leverages a SandForce SF-2281 controller and SATA 6 Gb/s interface to deliver read speeds up to 540 MB/s and writes up to 490 MB/s depending on volume size of the SSD.


  • 80GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities
  • SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor
  • SATA 6.0 Gbps interface
  • Up to 540MB/s sequential read speeds
  • Up to 490MB/s sequential write speeds
  • Maximum 4K random read: 41,000 IOPS
  • Maximum 4K random write: 80,000 IOPS
  • TRIM Support


  • SandForce SF-2200 series SSD processor paired with qualified MLC NAND flash for best performance, value and reliability
  • SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s
  • TRIM support (O/S dependent)
  • Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling
  • Intelligent Read Disturb Management
  • Intelligent "Recycling" for advance free space management (Garbage Collection)
  • Intelligent Data Retention optimization
  • ECC protection for longest data retention and drive life.
  • Power/Performance Balancing
  • Thermal Threshold Management
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ) - Up to 32 commands
  • ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector (BCH)
  • O/S Support: Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / Mac® OS / Linux

Initial tests straight away show us that the product is fast alright, this product stays on top of the latest Marvell, Indilinx and sure, Intel's previous latest and greatest as well. All models perform with sequential read/write performance advertised as 540 MB/s / 480 MB/s.


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