Intel 530 Series 480GB SSD
Intel's SSD packaging hasn't changed much over the years.
The back of the package gives us a list of the box contents, and some general information about the drive.
Just like Intel's CPUs, a sticker on the package shows the manufacture date, and a few other bits of information if you really want to dive in and research your drive.
Intel hasn't changed much about the accessory package either. This is a good thing. I know several people who purchased a SSD in a brick and mortar store, went to install the drive, and found they didn't have an extra SATA cable to finish the job. Intel includes a SATA cable, power adapter, desktop mounting bracket, screws, and even a 7mm to 9.5mm adapter.
Here we get our first look at the Intel 530 Series 480GB SSD. We tested the 240GB model when this series released, but wanted to get this model in our charts, along with Intel's flagship 730 Series.
The model and serial numbers are on the back of the drive, along with the firmware shipped with your drive. You can update the firmware with Intel's SSD Toolbox software.
The 530 Series uses a 7mm case, so you can use this drive in current and future Ultrabook designs that require the thinner z-height.
Inside, we found sixteen Intel 20nm NAND flash packages, and an Intel labeled controller. Even though the controller is labeled Intel, this is a SandForce designed SF-2281 part.
Intel uses Intel 20nm flash in the 530 Series. This shouldn't come as a surprise, and we wouldn't think much about it, but Intel's business SSD with the same SF-2281 controller uses SK Hynix flash.
Both Intel and Kingston put their own labels on SF-2281 controllers these days.
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