Average Bench: 57% (576th of 885)

Based on 3,991 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 43.0% 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 70.7MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 330 Series 120GB is 27%. 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. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 108MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,991 samples)
Min Avg Max
313 Read 466 511
98 Write 120 137
137 Mixed 181 208
55.4% 256 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.8 4K Read 24 33.7
28.7 4K Write 70.7 110
8.42 4K Mixed 13 18.4
90.4% 35.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.3 DQ Read 108 193
42.9 DQ Write 113 138
7.75 DQ Mixed 29.7 50.1
44.5% 83.4 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
23GB free
Firmware: 300i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 489
Write 129
Mixed 196
59% 271 MB/s
4K Read 25.9
4K Write 99.2
4K Mixed 12.1
107% 45.8 MB/s
DQ Read 120
DQ Write 134
DQ Mixed 12.1
41% 88.7 MB/s
29GB free
Firmware: 300i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 494
Write 119
Mixed 180
57% 264 MB/s
4K Read 23
4K Write 75.7
4K Mixed 12.7
91% 37.1 MB/s
DQ Read 150
DQ Write 105
DQ Mixed 10.7
40% 88.3 MB/s
1GB free
Firmware: 300i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 465
Write 96.2
Mixed 147
51% 236 MB/s
4K Read 20.1
4K Write 91.4
4K Mixed 14.3
97% 42 MB/s
DQ Read 75.5
DQ Write 82.6
DQ Mixed 28.1
35% 62.1 MB/s
10GB free
Firmware: 300i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 441
Write 110
Mixed 154
51% 235 MB/s
4K Read 21.1
4K Write 40.9
4K Mixed 10.1
67% 24 MB/s
DQ Read 18.7
DQ Write 54.7
DQ Mixed 9.93
15% 27.8 MB/s
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Approx. $116 @ launch in Mar '12
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Typical 330 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 6,703 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 59%
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Desktop 61%
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Workstation 38%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $816

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

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