Average Bench: 57.3% (541st of 848)

Based on 2,176 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 42.7% 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 71.1MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 23.7MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 27.2%. 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 123MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 99.7MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 2,176 samples)
Min Avg Max
335 Read 458 503
99.8 Write 123 137
134 Mixed 177 204
54.8% 253 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.8 4K Read 23.7 33.5
35.4 4K Write 71.1 105
8.46 4K Mixed 14.5 21.7
92.1% 36.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.8 DQ Read 99.7 187
51.9 DQ Write 110 135
7.88 DQ Mixed 26.6 41.9
41.6% 78.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
67GB free
Firmware: DC22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 497
Write 124
Mixed 192
59% 271 MB/s
4K Read 31.5
4K Write 101
4K Mixed 17.5
123% 49.8 MB/s
DQ Read 151
DQ Write 133
DQ Mixed 31.2
54% 105 MB/s
51GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 481
Write 120
Mixed 181
56% 260 MB/s
4K Read 25.2
4K Write 60.6
4K Mixed 6.82
79% 30.9 MB/s
DQ Read 23.2
DQ Write 91.7
DQ Mixed 32.9
32% 49.3 MB/s
43GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 474
Write 120
Mixed 196
57% 263 MB/s
4K Read 20.5
4K Write 49.6
4K Mixed 9.81
70% 26.6 MB/s
DQ Read 20.4
DQ Write 46.4
DQ Mixed 10.2
14% 25.7 MB/s
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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 2,393 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 60%
Desktop 64%
Workstation 48%

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 - $497

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $1,313

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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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