Controller: Samsung Dual Core MGX. Memory: Samsung 40nm TLC V-NAND

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 31,952 user samples
25,598 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 99GB free
Worst Bench: 66% 46GB free
Poor: 66% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 73rd / 862
6,354 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 77% 56GB free
Worst Bench: 47% 28GB free
Poor: 47% Great: 77%
SPEED RANK: 467th / 862
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
93.1 % Much faster effective speed.
62.4 % -49%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
494 MB/s +5% 471 MB/s -5%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
389 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
142 MB/s -174%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
37.4 MB/s Much faster random read.
27.5 MB/s -36%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
75.8 MB/s +1% 75.1 MB/s -1%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
393 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
209 MB/s -88%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
31.3 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
15.1 MB/s -107%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
518 MB/s +1% 515 MB/s -1%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
416 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
164 MB/s -154%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
47 MB/s Faster peak random read.
38 MB/s -24%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
106 MB/s -8% 115 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
420 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
241 MB/s -74%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
45 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
21.2 MB/s -112%
Market Share
Based on 4,441,711 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.89 % Hugely higher market share.
0.33 % -170%
Value For Money
61.5 % Hugely better value.
21.4 % -188%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
74 % More popular.
61 % -21%
Price (score)
$79 Much cheaper.
$190 -58%
35 Months Much more recent.
69 Months -49%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
378 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
231 MB/s -64%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
284 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
162 MB/s -75%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,165 Pts Much stronger server IO.
776 Pts -50%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
111 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
59.3 MB/s -87%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
195 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
131 MB/s -49%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
180 MB/s Much faster deep queue write.
129 MB/s -40%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
64.7 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
36.2 MB/s -79%
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) November 2017 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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