Intel 525 Series 120GB & 180GB mSATA SSD Review

Author: AkG
Date: May 6, 2013
Product Name: 525 Series 120GB / 180GB SSD
Part Number: SSDMCEAC120A301 / SSDMCEAC180A301
Warranty: 3 Years
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ATTO Disk Benchmark

The ATTO disk benchmark tests the drives read and write speeds using gradually larger size files. For these tests, the ATTO program was set to run from its smallest to largest value (.5KB to 8192KB) and the total length was set to 256MB. The test program then spits out an extrapolated performance figure in megabytes per second.

Considering that these two small drives are in amongst larger 2.5” SSD’s, both the 120GB and 180GB's performance curves are excellent. Based on these results, unless a consumer knew that the 525 series was an mSATA drive, they wouldn't be able to tell it from these charts.

Unfortunately, ATTO test suite has always been a strong suit of LSI SandForce SF2281 based drives and the compression characteristics of this controller could in fact simply be masking an underlying issue. This would explain the near parity of both drives' performance curves.

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