Average Bench: 39.1% (696th of 850)

Based on 1,436 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 60.9% 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 17.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 32.7MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 13.1%. 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 54MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 131MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,436 samples)
Min Avg Max
200 Read 246 262
123 Write 131 135
114 Mixed 157 173
39.3% 178 MB/s
Min Avg Max
11.9 4K Read 17.2 21.4
21.2 4K Write 32.7 42
9.92 4K Mixed 13.3 16.4
60.4% 21.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.6 DQ Read 85.7 153
31.1 DQ Write 54 65.7
10.2 DQ Mixed 22.2 31.9
29.4% 54 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
71GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 259
Write 129
Mixed 170
41% 186 MB/s
4K Read 19.5
4K Write 39.5
4K Mixed 15.5
70% 24.8 MB/s
DQ Read 109
DQ Write 62.4
DQ Mixed 31.6
38% 67.6 MB/s
91GB free
Firmware: 4PC10365 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 257
Write 135
Mixed 172
42% 188 MB/s
4K Read 14.9
4K Write 32.8
4K Mixed 12.5
56% 20.1 MB/s
DQ Read 119
DQ Write 43.7
DQ Mixed 28.9
35% 63.9 MB/s
43GB free
Firmware: 4PC1 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 259
Write 129
Mixed 165
41% 184 MB/s
4K Read 18.8
4K Write 34.1
4K Mixed 12.7
63% 21.9 MB/s
DQ Read 19.2
DQ Write 35.9
DQ Mixed 28.7
22% 28 MB/s
41GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 259
Write 130
Mixed 162
40% 184 MB/s
4K Read 15.7
4K Write 34.9
4K Mixed 12.1
58% 20.9 MB/s
DQ Read 16.2
DQ Write 29.6
DQ Mixed 12
12% 19.3 MB/s
28GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 245
Write 132
Mixed 161
40% 179 MB/s
4K Read 16
4K Write 28.5
4K Mixed 11.7
54% 18.7 MB/s
DQ Read 17.7
DQ Write 31.2
DQ Mixed 11.7
12% 20.2 MB/s
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Workstation 40%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $1,002

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