Average Bench: 38.9% (806th of 947)

Based on 2,995 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 61.1% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 16.8MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 13.7MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 15.2%. 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 55.9MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 118MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,995 samples)
Min Avg Max
194 Read 244 261
118 Write 131 135
116 Mixed 156 174
77.7 SusWrite 118 134
36.1% 162 MB/s
Min Avg Max
11.1 4K Read 16.8 21.1
18.6 4K Write 31.5 41.5
9.46 4K Mixed 13.7 19.9
59.7% 20.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.1 DQ Read 90.6 153
29.4 DQ Write 55.9 68.2
10.2 DQ Mixed 24.8 61.6
31.5% 57.1 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
55GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10365
SusWrite @10s intervals: 126 135 134 136 136 136 MB/s
Read 252
Write 136
Mixed 143
SusWrite 134
37% 166 MB/s
4K Read 20.5
4K Write 39.7
4K Mixed 22.8
81% 27.7 MB/s
DQ Read 139
DQ Write 94.4
DQ Mixed 71.2
65% 102 MB/s
57GB free
Firmware: 4PC10302
SusWrite @10s intervals: 130 132 133 134 134 133 MB/s
Read 256
Write 132
Mixed 144
SusWrite 133
37% 166 MB/s
4K Read 20.5
4K Write 39.7
4K Mixed 22.7
81% 27.6 MB/s
DQ Read 138
DQ Write 68.7
DQ Mixed 62.8
57% 89.7 MB/s
78GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 128 132 133 131 127 MB/s
Read 205
Write 128
Mixed 119
SusWrite 123
32% 144 MB/s
4K Read 18.2
4K Write 20.2
4K Mixed 19.6
63% 19.3 MB/s
DQ Read 136
DQ Write 65.4
DQ Mixed 59.3
55% 86.8 MB/s
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Approx. $188 @ launch in Mar '11
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Typical 320 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 2,844 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 49%
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Workstation
Workstation 30%
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System: HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $272

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