Average Bench: 38.9% - 684th / 836

Based on 1,187 user benchmarks.  Models: INTEL SSDSA2CW120G3, INTEL SSDSA2BW120G3H, INTEL SS DSA2CW120G3, INTEL SSDSA2BW120G3

The Intel 320 SSD uses a proprietary Intel controller which predates Intel's adoption of Sandforce controllers for their consumer SSDs. The 320 is nearly three years old and consequently has a particularly poor performance profile. With peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 260/135 and 208/107 MB/s the 120GB Intel 320 is about half as fast as the current group leaders. Peak small file 4K read/write speeds clock in at 19/37 MB/s, again around half as fast as the current group leaders. Overall the 120GB Intel 320 has an effective speed of 214 MB/s. Although these speeds are only around half as fast as current SSDs, they are still twice as fast sequentially and 15x faster than the fastest mechanical drives. [Feb '14 SSDrivePro]


Poor average bench

The Intel 320 Series 120GB averaged 61.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 17.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 32.2MB/s
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Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 12.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 320 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 53.5MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 130MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 1,187 samples)
Min Avg Max
200 Read 246 261
120 Write 130 135
113 Mixed 156 173
39.2% 178 MB/s
Min Avg Max
12.6 4K Read 17.2 21
20 4K Write 32.2 41.2
9.9 4K Mixed 13.2 16.2
60% 20.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.4 DQ Read 85.4 153
31.1 DQ Write 53.5 65.7
10.4 DQ Mixed 21.9 31.9
29.1% 53.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
68GB free
Firmware: 4PC10365 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 258
Write 134
Mixed 161
41% 184 MB/s
4K Read 21.3
4K Write 40.5
4K Mixed 13.5
71% 25.1 MB/s
DQ Read 144
DQ Write 62.8
DQ Mixed 13.4
34% 73.4 MB/s
111GB free
Firmware: 4PC10365 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 261
Write 133
Mixed 133
39% 176 MB/s
4K Read 18.7
4K Write 31.6
4K Mixed 12.9
62% 21.1 MB/s
DQ Read 150
DQ Write 63.8
DQ Mixed 31.3
43% 81.6 MB/s
82GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 261
Write 135
Mixed 168
41% 188 MB/s
4K Read 17.3
4K Write 30.6
4K Mixed 13
59% 20.3 MB/s
DQ Read 153
DQ Write 64.5
DQ Mixed 31
44% 82.8 MB/s
23GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 186
Write 129
Mixed 72.6
28% 129 MB/s
4K Read 15.1
4K Write 26.4
4K Mixed 11.4
52% 17.7 MB/s
DQ Read 15.6
DQ Write 40.2
DQ Mixed 12.7
14% 22.8 MB/s

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,124,209 SSDs tested.


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Gaming 73%
Desktop 59%
Workstation 42%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $1,001

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