Average Bench: 57.5% (544th of 853)

Based on 2,437 user benchmarks.  Models: INTEL SSDSC2BW120A4, INTEL SS DSC2BW120A4

At just 5 months old the Intel 530 Series SSD is the newest SSD in the group test. Unfortunately the 530 uses the same basic formula we have seen going back two and a half years. Sporting a Sandforce 2281 controller coupled with 20nm NAND flash the performance profile struggles with incompressible data and predictably favours reads over writes as with all the other Sandforce 2281 drives we have seen. With peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 498/154 and 454/131 MB/s the 120GB Intel 530 lags the group leaders by 50%. Small file 4K peak and average performance clocked in at 34/101 and 26/76 MB/s which is slightly above average for a leading 120GB SSD. There are faster and cheaper alternatives available in the group test[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Average average bench

The Intel 530 Series 120GB averaged 42.5% 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 71MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 23.9MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 28.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 530 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 122MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 25.6MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,437 samples)
Min Avg Max
352 Read 461 504
95.4 Write 122 137
132 Mixed 179 206
55% 254 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.3 4K Read 23.9 32.9
31.5 4K Write 71 107
7.82 4K Mixed 14.6 21.7
92.5% 36.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.2 DQ Read 102 190
44 DQ Write 109 136
7.56 DQ Mixed 25.6 42.3
41.3% 78.9 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
9GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 480
Write 117
Mixed 186
57% 261 MB/s
4K Read 26.4
4K Write 79.6
4K Mixed 21.4
110% 42.5 MB/s
DQ Read 175
DQ Write 117
DQ Mixed 39.4
58% 111 MB/s
50GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 492
Write 133
Mixed 167
57% 264 MB/s
4K Read 33
4K Write 90.6
4K Mixed 13.6
115% 45.7 MB/s
DQ Read 33.3
DQ Write 96.8
DQ Mixed 11.5
24% 47.2 MB/s
40GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 485
Write 121
Mixed 186
57% 264 MB/s
4K Read 15.2
4K Write 49.2
4K Mixed 11.7
64% 25.4 MB/s
DQ Read 177
DQ Write 122
DQ Mixed 38.3
59% 112 MB/s
47GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 484
Write 122
Mixed 201
58% 269 MB/s
4K Read 20.1
4K Write 52.8
4K Mixed 11.5
73% 28.1 MB/s
DQ Read 20
DQ Write 72.8
DQ Mixed 11.1
19% 34.6 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 3,339,136 SSDs tested.

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Workstation 33%
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Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $73

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $601

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Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. Memory: Intel Synchronous 20nm MLC

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My computer is average one and for that this disk is more then ok.


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