Intel SSD5 545s SATA 3 SSD Review (512GB)


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications


The Intel SSD5 did just as expected providing two results in the 400MB/s range and the remainder in the 300MB/s range.  A Total Score of 81304 is decent.

Intel SSD5 545s 512GB SATA III SSD PCMark Vantage


We also wanted to see how performance was in a real-world use when transferring large files to the SSD. For this test, we are going to simply stress write performance by transferring over a 30GB folder of movies off of a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro to the test SSDs and time how long it takes. Once complete we can calculate the average speed.

Intel 545s Average 30GB Transfer Speed


The SSD Review uses PCMark 8’s Storage test suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. With 10 traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, it covers some of the most popular light to heavy workloads. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. After an initial break-in cycle and three rounds of the testing, we are given a file score and bandwidth amount. The higher the score/bandwidth, the better the drive performs.

Intel SSD5 545s 512GB SATA III SSD PCMark 8

In PCMark 8, the Intel SSD5 545s SATA 3 SSD scored 4929 points and averaged 229MB/s in bandwidth.


Intel SSD5 545s SATA 3 SSD Rating

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3D TLC Memory!

The newest Intel SSD5 545s SATA3 SSD seems to have it all. It is a high performing SSD that will be available at low prices and with higher capacities, all the while having a 5 year warranty.

User Rating: 2.79 ( 20 votes)

One comment

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    bought one today, about to install windows on it, then i’ll see how it goes. Looking forward to this.

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