Average Bench: 57.1% (542nd of 850)

Based on 2,292 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]


Average average bench

The Intel 530 Series 120GB averaged 42.8% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 69.7MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 23.8MB/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.


Avg. Sequential Write Speed 121MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 26.7MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 2,292 samples)
Min Avg Max
352 Read 460 504
95.7 Write 121 137
136 Mixed 177 203
54.8% 253 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.8 4K Read 23.8 33.7
32.8 4K Write 69.7 104
7.82 4K Mixed 14.4 21.8
91.4% 36 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.6 DQ Read 104 190
51.8 DQ Write 109 136
7.81 DQ Mixed 26.7 41.7
42.1% 80 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
86GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 493
Write 125
Mixed 196
59% 271 MB/s
4K Read 26.8
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 23.1
126% 51.7 MB/s
DQ Read 143
DQ Write 125
DQ Mixed 39.9
56% 103 MB/s
37GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 488
Write 129
Mixed 199
59% 272 MB/s
4K Read 28.4
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 14.5
120% 50.8 MB/s
DQ Read 24.1
DQ Write 129
DQ Mixed 14.8
30% 56 MB/s
79GB free
Firmware: DC22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 352
Write 110
Mixed 142
44% 201 MB/s
4K Read 29.5
4K Write 98.2
4K Mixed 21.3
124% 49.7 MB/s
DQ Read 104
DQ Write 112
DQ Mixed 29.7
44% 81.9 MB/s
27GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 450
Write 101
Mixed 181
53% 244 MB/s
4K Read 20.3
4K Write 65
4K Mixed 11.2
80% 32.2 MB/s
DQ Read 19.5
DQ Write 118
DQ Mixed 9.45
25% 49 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,840,484 SSDs tested.


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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 2,746 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 60%
Desktop 63%
Workstation 48%

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 - $497

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $1,301

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


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