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Intel ® SSD 525

Intel ® SSD 525
alaScore 89

25 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Intel ® SSD 525. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other Solid-state drive for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Solid-state drive the Intel ® SSD 525 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 25 reviews)

7 expert reviews

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Consumer review ( review summary for Intel ® SSD 525


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Intel ® SSD 525 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.5/5 for other Solid-state drive on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Intel SSDMCEAC120B301Intel SSDMCEAC120B301

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : AkG (

Intel 525 Series 120GB & 180GB mSATA SSD Review


With the mSATA standard gaining popularity at a quick pace, many SSD manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon. Intel's latest 525-series is looking

With the ever increasing popularity of small form factor devices such as Ultrabook and mini desktop PCs, Intel has a potentially huge

May, 2013

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (

Intel SSD 525 Review (240GB)


The mSATA SSD space has been heating up over the past year as Ultrabooks and other small form factor devices like Intel's NUC have continued to grow in popularity. While mostly a placeholder until M.2 (formerly NGFF ) SSDs show up on the market, mSATA...

I would still like to see Intel use more of its home grown controller technology in drives rather than relying on 3rd party controller vendors. Here's hoping that the technology used in the

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Allyn Malventano (

Intel SSD 525 Series Full Capacity Roundup - Intel Sweeps mSATA


It has been just under a year since Intel released their 520 Series SSD, which was their second 6 Gb/sec SATA unit. Sporting a SandForce controller, that release helped bridge a high speed storage gap in their product lineup. One year prior, Intel...

which was their second 6 Gb/sec SATA unit. Sporting a SandForce controller, that release helped bridge a high speed storage gap in their product lineup. One year prior, Intel dabbled in the mSATA form factor, releasing a 310 Series model under that...

Jan, 2013

Consumer review (

Intel SSDMCEAC030B301


Using in a pfSense router / firewall as the system disk where having anything larger is completely pointless, glad these smaller SSDs are still available.

Fairly fast, runs cool


Aug, 2015

Consumer review (

Great for my Media Server


I have this in my Intel NUC (Centrino) home media server. It is perfect for Win7 Ultimate, Plex, Filezilla and Dropbox. I made sure to turn off unneeded Windows features and compress the drive. The media is stored on an external 4TB Seagate HDD. RDP...

I recently have started to maintain Plex logs that are taking up space on the C: drive. The limited capacity makes for a monthly check-up on disc space a necessity. Metadata could cause a problem with disc space, depending on how much media is being...

Oct, 2014

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Runs Hot - But No Issues


I bought this drive because of the validation and 5 year warranty. My application is in a passively cooled enclosure for a HTPC. The drive is used for OS and a minimal set of applications. The 60GB capacity is adequate for this purpose with Windows 7,...

Speedy ; 5 Year Warranty ; Arguably one of the best validated consumer drivers

Runs HOT in my application with no active cooling ; Temperature was also an issue when running the 525 series in Intel's NUC systems. Fix was to increase fan speed, add a heat sink to the drive and adjust the SSD bios to slow down the drive if the...

Aug, 2014

Consumer review (

Neigh a complaint


Used this in an embedded AMD hudson build for running Pfsense. works great, no issues.

Tiny MLC SSD storage for pretty cheap


Jun, 2014

Consumer review (

Intel 525


would buy another

Low profile and fast. Does what it is intended to do. Safe up to 70°c

Naturally runs warm and has reached 80°c one time before the "temp governor" stepped in and performed some managment. Although it reached this temp, it remained stable... Quote from Intel: "The Intel SSD 525 Series drive has a safety feature for...

Feb, 2014

Consumer review (



Got it when newegg has category coupon on all SSDs. Excellent mSATA! Put it in Toshiba Z935 without any issue. This drive is not just perform well out of box, it still runs pretty fast when it became dirty. Intel SSD Toolbox software works very well...


Jul, 2013

Consumer review (

Works In Drobo 5N


I just popped this into my Drobo 5N and it is off and working it's magic. I lean towards Intel for their SSD quality and have never had any regrets ; This drive isn't officially listed on Drobo's site as compatible but I took a gamble and it paid off

None but I will report back if this changes

Jun, 2013

Product Specifications


Certification:UL, CE, C-Tick, BSMI, KCC, WHCK, VCCI, SATA-IO
Colour of product:Black, Green
Internal: Yes
Product codename:Lincoln Crest
Product Family:Consumer SSD
Product series:Intel 525
RoHS compliance: Yes
SSD form factor:2.5" / mSATA

Operational conditions

Maximum operating altitude:3.13
Non-operating vibration:2.17 / 3.13
Operating shock:1000
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 70
Operating vibration:1000 / 2.17
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 95

Other features

Processor lithography:25
Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER):<1 / 10^16 / <1 sector per 10^16 bits read


Data Transfer Rate:6
Hardware encryption: Yes
Latency (read):80
Latency (write):85
Mean time between failures (MTBF):1200000
Memory Type:MLC
Native Command Queuing (NCQ): Yes
Random read (100% span):25000 / 5000 / 50000
Random write (100% span):10000 / 40000 / 60000
Read speed:500 / 550
S.M.A.R.T. support: Yes
Security algorithms:128-bit AES
Solid-state drive capacity:120 / 240 / 30
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
SSD ARK ID:71179 / 71181
Write speed:275 / 500 / 520


Operating voltage:3.3
Power consumption (read):0.3
Power Consumption (Standby):0.25

Technical Details

Maximum operating altitude:3.13
Non-operating vibration:2.17 / 3.13
Operating shock:1000
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 70
Operating vibration:1000 / 2.17
Product Type:19
Status:End of Life
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 95

Weight & Dimensions