Intel Launches 525 Series mSATA SSDs
Intel continues to expand its line of consumer SSDs with a SATA 6 Gb/s mSATA model. It’s intended for thin and light laptops (Ultrabooks) and other systems with space constraints.
As the name implies, this little drive targets the high end and is largely a tiny version of the 520 series in terms of performance. The Intel 525 measures 50.8 x 29.85 x 3.7 mm and includes the well-known SandForce SF-2281 controller paired with 25nm MLC Flash circuitry. All of the drives in the series also support hardware encryption with AES-128.
The Intel SSD 525 should be available right about now in the capacities 30, 60, 90, 120, 180 and 240 GB and recommended retail price tags of 54, 104, 129, 149, 214 and $279.
Performance figures vary with the capacity. The two largest drives offer 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s sequential read and write transfer rates, as well as 50 000 and 80 000 IOPS (read/write) random 4K transfers.
For the 120 GB capacity, these numbers are down to 550 MB/s and 500 MB/s (sequential read/write) and 25,000 and 80,000 IOPS (read/write random 4K).
The 60 GB version takes the same numbers down to 550 MB/s, 475 MB/s, 15,000 and 80,000 IOPS, while the smallest 30 GB option – likely to be used as an SSD cache drive in combination with a mechanical hard drive – delivers 500 MB/s, 275 MB/s, 5,000 and 80,000 IOPS.