Average Bench: 57.9% (620th of 929)

Based on 4,920 user benchmarks.  Models: INTEL SSDSC2CT120A3, INTEL SS DSC2CT120A3, INTEL SSDSC2CT12

The Intel 330 is just under two years old and sports a Sandforce 2281 controller coupled with Intel's own 25nm MLC NAND. This combination typically produces a performance profile that struggles with incompressible data and favours reading over writing. With peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 514/138 and 414/122 the Intel 330 is unable to compete in today's market and falls over 50% short of the group leaders which manage peak sequential read/write speeds in the 500/300 MB/s region. Small file 4K peak and average speeds are better and clocked in at 32/89 and 24/63 MB/s which is 10% below the group leaders. Overall the 330 has an effective speed of 370 MB/s which makes it one of the slowest 128GB SSDs I have seen to date. [Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Average average bench

The Intel 330 Series 120GB averaged 42.0% 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 Write Speed 74.3MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.2MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 330 Series 120GB is 27.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 330 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 120MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 179MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,920 samples)
Min Avg Max
313 Read 466 511
95.4 Write 120 137
136 Mixed 179 208
55.2% 255 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.6 4K Read 24.2 33.5
38.2 4K Write 74.3 109
8.89 4K Mixed 13.4 18.8
93.1% 37.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.9 DQ Read 114 192
64.3 DQ Write 116 138
8.51 DQ Mixed 30.9 50.2
46.4% 86.9 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
112GB free
Firmware: 300i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 493
Write 128
Mixed 194
59% 272 MB/s
4K Read 29.7
4K Write 72.2
4K Mixed 16.7
105% 39.5 MB/s
DQ Read 122
DQ Write 103
DQ Mixed 45
52% 90.1 MB/s
112GB free
Firmware: 300i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 505
Write 116
Mixed 198
59% 273 MB/s
4K Read 26.9
4K Write 64.5
4K Mixed 13
92% 34.8 MB/s
DQ Read 117
DQ Write 93.8
DQ Mixed 45
50% 85.3 MB/s
17GB free
Firmware: 300i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 483
Write 129
Mixed 189
58% 267 MB/s
4K Read 20.1
4K Write 46.3
4K Mixed 8.79
66% 25.1 MB/s
DQ Read 21.3
DQ Write 136
DQ Mixed 38.8
42% 65.5 MB/s
3GB free
Firmware: 300i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 425
Write 77.6
Mixed 139
46% 214 MB/s
4K Read 15.8
4K Write 51.5
4K Mixed 14
69% 27.1 MB/s
DQ Read 125
DQ Write 90.9
DQ Mixed 34.4
46% 83.4 MB/s
23GB free
Firmware: 300i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 477
Write 118
Mixed 171
55% 255 MB/s
4K Read 16.9
4K Write 58.3
4K Mixed 6.91
65% 27.4 MB/s
DQ Read 19.9
DQ Write 58.2
DQ Mixed 40.3
30% 39.5 MB/s
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Approx. $116 @ launch in Mar '12
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Gaming 58%
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Desktop
Desktop 60%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 37%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $801

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Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. NAND Flash: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC

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