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Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series 240GB Encrypted SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jul 22, 2014 3:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Intel

Intel SSD Pro 2500 240GB SSD




Outside, the Intel SSD Pro 2500 looks nearly identical to the consumer SSD 530 we tested a few months back.




The rear label shows the model number, serial number, firmware, and other information for the drive.




Intel chose a 7mm case design for the SSD Pro 2500. Many new Ultrabook designs were tailored for business use and the 7mm housing fits most Ultrabooks, as well as business notebooks.






Inside we found a controller co-labeled with Intel and LSI. The controller is the familiar SF-2281 and Intel paired it with 20nm SK Hynix flash.




Here we get a closer look at the controller. Over the last year, we've seen Intel and Kingston with custom labels on SF-2281 controllers.




A few months back, we toured Intel's SSD validation lab and spotted a few SSDs with SK Hynix NAND flash. This is the third SATA III SSD we've tested with SK Hynix flash, the first being from SK Hynix directly and the other from Corsair. In all cases, we found the flash to work very well and paired with the SK Hynix owned Link_A_Media Devices, performed better than 20nm Micron flash.




Intel chose the highest available parallelism for the flash, using sixteen packages.

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