Average Bench: 38.9% (696th of 848)

Based on 1,315 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 61.0% 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 17.3MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 32.3MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 12.8%. 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 53.8MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 130MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,315 samples)
Min Avg Max
199 Read 246 261
120 Write 130 135
114 Mixed 156 173
39.1% 177 MB/s
Min Avg Max
12.6 4K Read 17.3 21.2
20.3 4K Write 32.3 41.6
9.66 4K Mixed 13.2 16.4
60.3% 20.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.6 DQ Read 86 152
31.1 DQ Write 53.8 65.7
10.5 DQ Mixed 22 31.9
29.3% 53.9 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
12GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ !4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 260
Write 132
Mixed 167
41% 186 MB/s
4K Read 21.4
4K Write 43.9
4K Mixed 16.7
77% 27.3 MB/s
DQ Read 152
DQ Write 64.8
DQ Mixed 32.3
44% 83 MB/s
13GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ !4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 262
Write 132
Mixed 167
41% 187 MB/s
4K Read 21.4
4K Write 43.4
4K Mixed 16.6
77% 27.1 MB/s
DQ Read 152
DQ Write 63.1
DQ Mixed 32.2
44% 82.3 MB/s
8GB free
Firmware: 4PC10302 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 255
Write 132
Mixed 167
41% 185 MB/s
4K Read 17.4
4K Write 31.4
4K Mixed 14.6
62% 21.1 MB/s
DQ Read 144
DQ Write 63.9
DQ Mixed 31.6
43% 79.9 MB/s
87GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 261
Write 134
Mixed 175
42% 190 MB/s
4K Read 18.6
4K Write 32.7
4K Mixed 12.9
62% 21.4 MB/s
DQ Read 19.8
DQ Write 65.3
DQ Mixed 13
18% 32.7 MB/s
80GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 258
Write 133
Mixed 167
41% 186 MB/s
4K Read 18.4
4K Write 33
4K Mixed 13.1
62% 21.5 MB/s
DQ Read 17.3
DQ Write 38
DQ Mixed 11.5
13% 22.3 MB/s
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $998

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