Controller: Indilinx Barefoot 3. Flash Memory: Toshiba A19nm MLC.

Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. Flash Memory: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 8,359 user samples
2,037 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 93% 38GB free
Worst Bench: 60% 83GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 93%
SPEED RANK: 245th / 869
6,322 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 78% 72GB free
Worst Bench: 48% 11GB free
Poor: 48% Great: 78%
SPEED RANK: 459th / 869
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
76.9 % Faster effective speed.
63.3 % -22%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
434 MB/s -9% 475 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
358 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
143 MB/s -150%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
23.2 MB/s -20% 27.8 MB/s Faster random read.
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
80.8 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
76.9 MB/s -5%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
383 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
211 MB/s -82%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
17.5 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
15.1 MB/s -16%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
458 MB/s -13% 516 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
Peak Sequential Write Speed
382 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
162 MB/s -136%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
28.4 MB/s -35% 38.4 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
120 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
114 MB/s -5%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
411 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
239 MB/s -72%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
24.1 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
21.3 MB/s -13%
Market Share
Based on 5,263,903 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.05 % -200% 0.15 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
49.2 % Hugely better value.
25.3 % -95%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
62 % +2% 61 % -2%
Price (score)
$82 Much cheaper.
$154 -47%
41 Months Much more recent.
71 Months -42%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
306 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
231 MB/s -32%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
343 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue write.
164 MB/s -109%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,082 Pts Much stronger server IO.
777 Pts -39%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
73.2 MB/s Faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
59.2 MB/s -24%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
166 MB/s Faster deep queue read.
137 MB/s -21%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
207 MB/s Much faster deep queue write.
134 MB/s -54%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
43.3 MB/s Faster deep queue mixed IO.
37.5 MB/s -15%
120GB 120GB

The Intel 520 Series was Intel's first SSD to feature a Sandforce 2281 controller. This controller has powered countless SSDs over the last three years but is now dated and is known to be limited in the area of incompressible write speed. The 120GB Intel 520 scored peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 514/157 and 421/133. These read speeds are good but the peak write of 157 MB/s lags the group leaders average of 313 MB/s by nearly 100%. This relative inability to write lowers the 520's overall effective speed to 403 MB/s or 15% lower than the 459 MB/s achieved by the group leaders. At two years of age the Intel 520 can no longer compete with newer drives, there is far better value available amongst the group leaders[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]


Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2018 SSD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed based on real world performance then adjust by cost per GB to yield a value for money rating. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. Share your opinion by voting. [SSDrivePro]

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