Average Bench: 57.4% - 525th / 836

Based on 2,145 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 72.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 23.7MB/s
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Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 27.1%. 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 Read Speed 101MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,145 samples)
Min Avg Max
335 Read 458 499
99.5 Write 122 138
130 Mixed 177 205
54.8% 253 MB/s
Min Avg Max
16 4K Read 23.7 32.9
34.5 4K Write 72.2 103
7.99 4K Mixed 14.5 21.5
92.7% 36.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.5 DQ Read 101 187
47.1 DQ Write 110 136
7.61 DQ Mixed 26.7 42.5
41.8% 79.1 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
39GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 466
Write 109
Mixed 178
54% 251 MB/s
4K Read 21.3
4K Write 92.5
4K Mixed 19.9
107% 44.5 MB/s
DQ Read 125
DQ Write 118
DQ Mixed 40.2
53% 94.7 MB/s
41GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 479
Write 130
Mixed 174
57% 261 MB/s
4K Read 21.2
4K Write 66.2
4K Mixed 14.5
86% 34 MB/s
DQ Read 153
DQ Write 122
DQ Mixed 36.3
55% 104 MB/s
10GB free
Firmware: DC22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 468
Write 128
Mixed 187
57% 261 MB/s
4K Read 25.1
4K Write 57.5
4K Mixed 9.38
80% 30.7 MB/s
DQ Read 29.4
DQ Write 86.9
DQ Mixed 34.5
33% 50.3 MB/s
56GB free
Firmware: DC22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 295
Write 139
Mixed 175
45% 203 MB/s
4K Read 26
4K Write 58.1
4K Mixed 14
88% 32.7 MB/s
DQ Read 28.2
DQ Write 105
DQ Mixed 14.3
26% 49.3 MB/s

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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,124,209 SSDs tested.

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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 2,132 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 68%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 51%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 - $497

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $1,316

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

Loose the lag, loose the minutes...

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Very poor

2 years ago.


Poor

6 months ago.

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


Good

3 months ago.

it fast and reliable


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