Solid state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
Even though second-generation LSI SandForce controllers are getting a little long in the tooth, they are still a viable option for mainstream SSDs. No longer the bully on the block, 2200 Series flash processors have assumed a new role that fits perfectly with the 530's targeted market, where consistent, reliable performance is more important than being the fastest. Intel designed the 530 to be a perfect Solid-State Solution for those venturing into the world of solid state performance for the very first time.
Intel SSDs have the lowest annual failure rate of any SSDs on the market, making them the perfect choice for the average consumer. The 530 in a retail package, with its 5-year warranty, provides the consumer everything they could possibly need to make the transition to the blazing fast world of solid state computing as simple as possible.
As a mainstream SSD, I can recommend you own an Intel 530 SSD; it will serve your needs well. You can just install it and forget about it. Knowing it's Intel and backed by Intel makes it one of the better choices you could make. In an enthusiast setting, the 530 comes up short. It simply doesn't have compelling performance. Putting the 530 in RAID does provide a significant boost because the drives scale so well, but in the end, there just is not enough there for today's enthusiast.
I would venture to say that most of our audience are Enthusiasts/Power Users, who are always-on the lookout for bleeding edge performance. After all, this is what we love about RAID 0 in the first place. Well, Intel has a purpose built SSD for us too. It is born from the data center, factory overclocked, and completely Intel powered. I'm speaking, of course, of Intel's newly launched Enthusiast Class 730 Series SSD, so stay tuned for our next RAID report where we showcase this exciting new SSD's RAID 0 performance.
Putting two or more drives together in RAID provides you with storage that takes performance to the next level and is something I recommend you try. Think of it as the SLI of storage. Once you go RAID, there's no going back!
PRICING: You can find the Intel 530 Series SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Intel 530 Series SSD (180GB) retails for $145.85 at Amazon.
New Zealand: The Intel 530 Series SSD (120GB) retails for $149.99 NZD at Mighty Ape NZ.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability, Drive Details & Test System Setup]
- Page 3 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO, Anvil Storage Utilities, CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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