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Intel DC S3500 480GB Enterprise SSD Review


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Article posted 13 Aug 13 16:16




Review: Intel DCS3500 480GB Enterprise SSD
Reviewed by: J.Reynolds
Provided by: Intel
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Welcome to Myce’s review of the Intel DC S3500 SATA Enterprise SSD.

Market Positioning and Specification

Market Positioning

This is how Intel positions the DC S3500 -

The DC S3500 has exactly the same components as the DC S3700 that we tested in May 2013 – DC S3700 200GB Review – with the exception that the DC S3500 has 20nm MLC NAND and the DC S3700 has 25nm eMLC NAND. The DC S3500 also sets aside far less NAND for use by the controller for the equivalent total size of NAND, so for example the DCS3700 400GB drive has the same total amount of NAND as the 480GB DCS3500 as tested in this review.  The DC S3700 proved to be an excellent, consistent drive and was awarded our Editor’s Choice award from amongst SATA Enterprise drives.  For applications with high write demands Intel continues to promote the DC S3700.

It will be interesting to see how the switch to 20nm NAND has changed the performance characterisation.


Here is Intel’s specification for the DC S3500 (taken directly from Intel’s Specification PDF) -

Product Image

Here is a picture of the Intel DC S3500s that I tested –



Now let’s head to the next page, to look at Myce’s Enterprise Testing Methodology…..


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