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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel 525 SSD mSATA Solid State Drive
Closer Look: Intel SSD 525
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
Intel SSD 525 Conclusion

Intel 525 SSD mSATA Solid State Drive Review

Ideal high-performance storage for Ultrabook, notebook, embedded systems, and workstation upgrades

Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Product Name: Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSD
Model Number: SSDMCEAC240B301 (240GB)
UPC: 735858258999

Prices: $299.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Intel.

Built from the same technology that made the Intel SSD 335 Series possible, the Intel Solid State Drive 525 Series packages a LSI/SandForce SF-2281VB1-SDC processor optimized for the mSATA interface with 6Gb/s bandwidth and available in capacities up to 240GB utilizing 25nm INFT NAND Flash components. Ideal for high-performance storage in notebook computers, tablet devices, and enthusiast motherboard, the Intel 525 SSD is a simple upgrade that instantly boosts speed and responsiveness. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Intel SSD 525 Series mSATA Solid State Drive (SSDMCEAC240B301) against SATA 6GB/s storage solutions.

Specifications for the Intel SSD 525 Series mSATA solid state drive indicate sustained sequential read speeds up to 550 MB/s and writes reaching 520 MB/s. Performance for 4 KB random reads reaches 50,000, while writes climb to 80,000 IOPS. Intel's SSD 525 series uses a second-generation LSI/SandForce SF-2281VB1-SDC processor with enhanced BCH ECC capability that supports for ATA-7 Security Erase. Like all SF-2281 SSDs, the Intel SSD 525 series also offers standard features such as idle garbage collection, TRIM, and AES 128-bit encryption. Intel's SSD 525-series is available in 30/60/120/180/240GB capacities, and features 25nm 64GB IMFT NAND Flash components. Intel offers consumers the industry's best customer service backed by a five-year warranty on all 525-series mSATA solid state drives.

Users have several free tools available to them for managing their Intel solid state drive: Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer, and Intel Data Migration Software. Intel SSD Toolbox/SSD Optimizer delivers management, information, and diagnostic tools to maintain health on Intel SSD 525 and optimize performance to original clean-NAND levels. SSD Toolbox includes a System Configuration Tuner that assists users in configuring their computer system to take advantage of 525-series performance features. Data Migration Software helps users upgrade their PC with an Intel SSD 525 Series mSATA solid state drive. This tool clones the entire operating system and user files from an existing drive to compatible Intel SSD 525-series solid state drives.


Intel SSD 525 Specifications

Technical Specifications

Model Name

Intel Solid-State Drive 525 Series


30/60/120/180/240 GB

NAND Flash Memory

25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell (MLC)


Sustained Sequential Reads up to: 550 MB/s

Sustained Sequential Writes up to: 520 MB/s

Random I/O Operations per Second (4KB IOPS)

Reads up to: 50,000 IOPS

Writes up to: 80,000 IOPS

Latency Read: 80 µs Write: 85 µs


mSATA 6Gb/s, compatible with mSATA 3Gb/s

Form Factor, Height and Weight

Form Factor: mSATA full size

Thickness: 3.7 mm / Weight: <10 grams

Life Expectancy

1.2 million hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)

Power Consumption

Active: 300 mW Typical

Idle: 250 mW Typical

Operating Temperature

0°C to 70°C

RoHS Compliance

Meets the requirements of European Union (EU) RoHS Compliance Directives

Software Tools

Intel® Solid-State Drive Toolbox with Intel® SSD Optimizer at
Intel® Data Migration Software at

Intel 525 SSD mSATA Features

  • Data Compression
  • AES 128-bit Encryption
  • End-to-end Data Protection
  • Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer
  • Intel Data Migration Software
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology
  • SATA Revision 3.0
  • ACS-2
  • SSD-enhanced SMART ATA feature set
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ) command set
  • Data Set Management Command Trim attribute
  • 5-Year Warranty Period
  • Certifications and Declarations:
    • UL
    • CE
    • C-Tick
    • BSMI
    • KCC
    • Microsoft WHCK
    • VCCI
    • SATA-IO
  • Compatible Products (Sample List)

    • Acer Iconia W500
    • Dell Inspiron XPS 17 (L701X)
    • Dell Inspiron 15z Ultrabook
    • Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop
    • Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition Laptop
    • Dell Precision M4500
    • Dell Precision M4700
    • Dell Latitude E6420
    • Dell Latitude E6520
    • Dell Alienware M14xR2
    • Dell Alienware M17x
    • Dell Alienware M18x
    • Lenovo ThinkPad 220t
    • Lenovo ThinkPad X220
    • Lenovo ThinkPad X230
    • Lenovo Thinkpad T420s
    • Lenovo ThinkPad T430
    • Lenovo IdeaPad Y460
    • Lenovo IdeaPad Y480
    • Lenovo IdeaPad Y560
    • Lenovo IdeaPad Y580
    • Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530
    • Lenovo ThinkPad Edge W520
    • HP Envy dv6t
    • HP Spectre XT 15
    • HP Envy 17 3277nr
    • Fujitsu Lifebook T902
    • MSI GE-60 notebook
    • GIGABYTE U2442 Ultrabook
    • ASRock Z77-ITX motherboard
    • GIGABYTE Z77X-UD3H WiFi motherboard
    • GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H WiFi motherboard
    • GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 motherboard
    • ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard
    • ASUS Maximus V GENE motherboard


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