Since first entering the SSD market with the X25-M in 2008, Intel has released a few subsequent models. However they have continued to use the same controller for their lower-range models while using controllers from third party Marvell for their higher end 6 Gbps SATA solution . Today we are reviewing Intel’s replacement to the Marvell-powered 510 series, which is based on a somewhat surprising chip when you consider internet reputation.
Believe it or not, the new high end consumer SSD from Intel makes use of the SandForce SF-2281 controller. Yes, the same one that has had issues with stability over most of its lifespan.
As we mentioned in our last review of a SandForce drive – the OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS Edition 120GB – most, if not all of the stability issues have been resolved as of the latest firmware. As a user of a SandForce drive who has had BSOD issues before the upgrade, I can vouch for this personally (albeit anecdotally).
Intel is so confident that there will be no issues, that they are offering the largest warranty you’ll see on a consumer class SSD – FIVE YEARS. Everyone else offers three.
Let’s rip that warranty sticker off, and see what else is lurking under that rather utilitarian drive case.