Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts
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- Good throughput
- Excellent build quality
- IOPS performance, while decent, doesn’t hold a candle to previous (3Gb/sec) generations.
- Price (see below)
In the interest of trying to gauge the intro street prices for these, here are the 1,000 unit quantity figures for the 510 Series:
- 120GB @ $284 ($2.37 / GB)
- 250GB @ $584 ($2.34 / GB)
For comparison, here are the initial MSRPs for the new Vertex 3 – the 510’s direct competitor:
- 120G @ $249 ($2.07 / GB)
- 240G @ $499 ($2.07 / GB)
While we were glad to see Intel step up and release this 6Gb/sec part, I can’t help but feel this was a bit of a rush job. While the drive performed decently and reliably, I certainly didn’t get that same feeling of performance awesomeness present with each of their previous releases. I believe this 510 was pushed out as a stop gap measure, with speedier offerings coming down the road. Sure you could argue this is meant to be a consumer drive only and should be ‘good enough’ for most people, but the competition is upgrading the definition of ‘consumer grade’ on a daily basis.
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