Average Bench: 57.6% (548th of 859)

Based on 3,016 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 42.4% 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 70.5MB/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%. 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 101MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 3,016 samples)
Min Avg Max
338 Read 463 501
95.3 Write 123 138
137 Mixed 180 206
55.4% 255 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.2 4K Read 23.7 33.7
30.7 4K Write 70.5 106
7.49 4K Mixed 14.8 21.7
92.1% 36.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.7 DQ Read 101 192
44.9 DQ Write 111 136
7.63 DQ Mixed 26.5 42
42% 79.7 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
49GB free
Firmware: DC22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 482
Write 105
Mixed 187
56% 258 MB/s
4K Read 21.1
4K Write 93.7
4K Mixed 19.1
106% 44.6 MB/s
DQ Read 19.3
DQ Write 116
DQ Mixed 18.5
29% 51.4 MB/s
82GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 478
Write 128
Mixed 179
57% 262 MB/s
4K Read 21.9
4K Write 46.7
4K Mixed 17.3
80% 28.6 MB/s
DQ Read 128
DQ Write 125
DQ Mixed 35.3
52% 96.2 MB/s
14GB free
Firmware: DC22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 390
Write 114
Mixed 148
47% 217 MB/s
4K Read 19.5
4K Write 50.5
4K Mixed 11.7
71% 27.2 MB/s
DQ Read 105
DQ Write 87.2
DQ Mixed 30.6
41% 74.1 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 3,837,917 SSDs tested.


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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 3,989 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop 53%
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $70

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $607

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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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it fast and reliable

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