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rami123123 October 3, 2012 01:15 AM

Which is better SanDisk Extreme SSD or Intel® SSD 520 Series?
Dear all,

I want to buy a new SSD for my laptop, and I dont have the much knowledge in SSD's.

I'm going to get one of these two models "but the size is either 240 or 480":-
1-Intel® Solid-State Drive 520 Series 240GB or 480GB
2-SanDisk Extreme 240GB or 480GB

I think both of them have close speed of read and write and both of them use sata 3 controllers,
here are the links for the specs of the 2 models:-

Intel® Solid-State Drive 520 Series Intel® Solid-State Drive 520 Series: Product Specification

SanDisk Extreme SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive (SSD)

If you can please help me figure out which one is better and why , ill be grateful.

Thank you.

AkG October 3, 2012 03:42 PM

Both are great drives. The intel 520 has a 5 yr warranty, the intel toolbox and custom firmware. It also uses 16 NAND ICs.
The SanDisk Extreme has a 3yr warranty, uses std SandForce firmware and uses 8 NAND ICs. BUT its newer gen Toggle Mode NAND (and not ONFi 2 like Intel)....so the difference is actually pretty small in performance....both are extremely fast.

Honestly, if performance is the most important feature get the 520. If warranty is....get the 520. If price is number feature...the SanDisk Extreme is cheaper.


rami123123 October 3, 2012 08:17 PM

Thanks alot man , last question :P , what do you think of the kingston hyperX compared to the intel 520 series? "when it comes to performance"

AkG October 3, 2012 08:24 PM

HyperX is very good kit. The HyperX 3K is decent....but the Intel is great kit.

Right now my 'go to' drives are the Intel 520 & Corsair Force GS for high performance builds with SanDisk Extreme and Samsung 830 (with occasional Crucial M4 thrown in to the mix) for more budget builds.

These are the ones I always look at first. The ones I am keeping my eye on are the Samsung 840 PRO and Corsair Neutron GTX. Time will tell if they replace any of my go to drivse or simply get added on to the list. :)

Delavan December 25, 2012 10:25 PM

Just got myself a Intel 520 120GB from NCIX (Boxing week sale 2012) for 99$ + free shipping.
This SSD will be used in an old SATA 2 box:

-E6420 Oc'ed to 2.8GHz
-Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 REV 3.3
-2GB Of Mushkin DDR2 ram
-Radeon HD5770 card
-250 GB HDD that will be used as storage

hopefully, this upgrade on the cheap will bring back some "responsiveness" into that rig, that is used by the wife and kid, for web surfing, and the odd game....

AkG December 26, 2012 07:33 AM

It should. :)

I stick these drives in OLD rigs all the time....and it adds a LOT of life into them. Hell you want to make a low end 5bill 'craptop' laptop (think older i3 M350s or worse) act like a $1500? Stick a 240GB 520 in it. BAM, instant performance boost.

Only thing I would do is to setup a manual clean schedule 1 per week. Should not be needed (I assume win7)...but its an option so why not make SURE the drive is always clean. ;)

Delavan December 26, 2012 08:42 AM


Yes, Win7 64 bits on that rig for OS.
My only worry is that the GA-965P-DS3 had SATA controllers that aren't exactly as interesting as the newer ones.
The Gigabyte RAID controller is a little crappy from what I hear.



On the storage side, this motherboard has a total of six SATA-300 ports, four provided by the south bridge (ICH8) and two provided by a ”Gigabyte SATA2“ chip, which is a relabeled JMicron JMB363 chip (see Figure 3). The ports controlled by the chipset do not support RAID, as the south bridge used is ICH8 and not ICH8R, however the two ports controlled by the JMicron chip supports RAID0, RAID1 and JBOD
I'll just try to get everything working off the ICH8, install INTEL RST drivers and hopefully AHCI will be available. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly (never does lolz)...
It's been a long time since I tampered with this thing's BIOS.
I tried to flash the BIOS to the latest version (from 2009) and I haven't managed to get it done yet.


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