(photos: Intel) Intel Solid State Drive 520 series | from US$150.00 | www.intel.com
the concept of internal hard drive hasn’t change much until the arrival of solid state drive or SSD into the mass market. many know the benefits but the price that comes with it is mostly prohibitive to mortal like us. however, things have changed drastically – for the good – in recent years, as SSD becomes more affordable and readily available. the Intel Solid State Drive 520 series is among one of those and to us, it is a good news cos’ a hard drive that performs, never look this good. we are freaks. we know that as we share the same passion with the late Steve Jobs: what’s inside our machines must look as good as its outside. employing the latest 25 nanometer (nm) NAND memory process technology, the SSD 520 series is billed as the most robust and fastest SSD from Intel to date. we could go on with all the blazing numbers but it is really not necessary but it is worth noting that it comes preconfigured with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256 bit encryption capabilities, so you can have a peace of mind that your data will remain secured in the event of theft or loss of your computer. the Intel Solid State Drive 520 series is available in 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities and has a price that ranges from $150 to $1,150.