Average Bench: 38.6% (720th of 873)

Based on 2,314 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]

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Poor average bench

The Intel 320 Series 120GB averaged 61.3% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 16.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 247MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 13.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 320 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 54.5MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 130MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,314 samples)
Min Avg Max
207 Read 247 261
121 Write 130 135
113 Mixed 156 173
39.3% 178 MB/s
Min Avg Max
11.5 4K Read 16.7 20.9
19 4K Write 31.3 41.3
9.58 4K Mixed 13.1 16.2
58.6% 20.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15 DQ Read 88.8 153
30.2 DQ Write 54.5 65.7
9.88 DQ Mixed 21.5 31.9
29.5% 54.9 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
108GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ !4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 260
Write 135
Mixed 170
42% 189 MB/s
4K Read 20.5
4K Write 38.3
4K Mixed 14.8
70% 24.5 MB/s
DQ Read 155
DQ Write 65.9
DQ Mixed 31.6
44% 84.1 MB/s
44GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 255
Write 129
Mixed 157
40% 181 MB/s
4K Read 16.7
4K Write 26.4
4K Mixed 9.75
52% 17.6 MB/s
DQ Read 141
DQ Write 62.7
DQ Mixed 31.3
42% 78.4 MB/s
47GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 225
Write 127
Mixed 132
36% 161 MB/s
4K Read 17.1
4K Write 32.8
4K Mixed 13.7
61% 21.2 MB/s
DQ Read 20.7
DQ Write 43.2
DQ Mixed 13.2
15% 25.7 MB/s
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Typical 320 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 16,147 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 48%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 21%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 41% - Average Total price: $528

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Controller: Intel. Flash Memory: Intel 25nm MLC

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