SamsungMZ-7TE120BW
IntelSSDSC2CW120A3

Controller: Samsung 3 Core MEX. Memory: Samsung 19nm Toggle Mode TLC.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 55,737 user samples
47,691 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 93% 45GB free
Worst Bench: 61% 13GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 93%
SPEED RANK: 268th / 929
8,046 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 77% 26GB free
Worst Bench: 45% 31GB free
Poor: 45% Great: 77%
SPEED RANK: 545th / 929
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
78.9 % Faster effective speed.
+27%
62.2 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
477 MB/s +1% 474 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
317 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+120%
144 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
36.6 MB/s Much faster random read.
+36%
27 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
59.3 MB/s 74.6 MB/s Faster random write.
+26%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
313 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+48%
211 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
19.6 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+32%
14.9 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
503 MB/s 515 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
351 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
+117%
162 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
44.5 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+18%
37.6 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
79.3 MB/s 113 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+42%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
345 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+44%
239 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
24.5 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+17%
21 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,169,120 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.84 % Hugely higher market share.
+500%
0.14 %
Value
Value For Money
34.3 % Better value.
+18%
29.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % +3% 61 %
Price
Price (score)
$138 $125 Slightly cheaper.
+9%
Age
Newest
59 Months More recent.
+22%
76 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
359 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
+55%
231 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
239 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
+47%
163 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,049 Pts Much stronger server IO.
+36%
774 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
68.1 MB/s Faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+16%
58.8 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
189 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
+47%
129 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
157 MB/s Faster deep queue write.
+23%
128 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
41.2 MB/s Faster deep queue mixed IO.
+19%
34.5 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
120GB 120GB
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The 120GB Evo, like its 250GB sibling, features a second level Turbowrite cache (TWC). This 3GB block of high speed SLC memory allows the Evo to write data at 370 MB/s, nearly double its normal rate. When the TWC is full write speeds drop by around 50% but since consumers generally write less than 3GB in a typical write operation, the performance drop will rarely be noticed. On the other hand, in a server environment this sort of performance degradation would be unacceptable. Comparing the 120GB and 250GB Evos shows that they have similar performance profiles. The performance equivalence between the different capacities, coupled with the fact that their prices are almost linear, implies that both capacities represent roughly the same value for money. Within its TWC, the 120GB Evo is capable of chart topping burst IO rates and it sits squarely amongst the best performing 120GB drives. [Aug '14 SSDrivePro]

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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]

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

Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

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  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
  • Raw speed comparison - Raw speed readings.
  • Details ordered by value - Detailed performance stats ordered by overall value for money.
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