Average Bench: 62.2% (455th of 848)

Based on 4,067 user benchmarks.  Models: INTEL SSDSC2CW120A3, INTEL SSDSC2BW120A3, INTEL SS DSC2CW120A3, INTEL SSDSC2CW12, INTEL SSDSC2CW120A

The Intel 520 Series was Intel's first SSD to feature a Sandforce 2281 controller. This controller has powered countless SSDs over the last three years but is now dated and is known to be limited in the area of incompressible write speed. The 120GB Intel 520 scored peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 514/157 and 421/133. These read speeds are good but the peak write of 157 MB/s lags the group leaders average of 313 MB/s by nearly 100%. This relative inability to write lowers the 520's overall effective speed to 403 MB/s or 15% lower than the 459 MB/s achieved by the group leaders. At two years of age the Intel 520 can no longer compete with newer drives, there is far better value available amongst the group leaders[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The Intel 520 Series 120GB averaged 37.8% 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 28MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 75MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 520 Series 120GB is 30.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 520 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 141MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 125MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,067 samples)
Min Avg Max
320 Read 466 512
110 Write 141 160
159 Mixed 207 239
59.1% 271 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.8 4K Read 28 38.7
29 4K Write 75 116
9.97 4K Mixed 15.1 21.4
102% 39.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.5 DQ Read 125 230
46.3 DQ Write 126 162
9.67 DQ Mixed 34.5 58.7
50.9% 95 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
77GB free
Firmware: 400i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 491
Write 162
Mixed 207
62% 287 MB/s
4K Read 24.3
4K Write 45.2
4K Mixed 13.7
78% 27.7 MB/s
DQ Read 190
DQ Write 127
DQ Mixed 58.1
70% 125 MB/s
48GB free
Firmware: 400i Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 499
Write 147
Mixed 221
63% 289 MB/s
4K Read 26.1
4K Write 45.1
4K Mixed 11.9
79% 27.7 MB/s
DQ Read 27.5
DQ Write 159
DQ Mixed 10.2
32% 65.7 MB/s
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Typical 520 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 2,362 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 60%
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Desktop
Desktop 65%
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Workstation
Workstation 49%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 - $497

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $1,323

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