Average Bench: 64.9% (555th of 956)

Based on 4,251 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]


Above average average bench

The Intel 530 Series 120GB averaged 35.0% 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 Read Speed 28MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 76.6MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 34.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 530 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 114MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 126MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 4,251 samples)
Min Avg Max
315 Read 400 495
94.3 Write 126 143
134 Mixed 175 198
91.1 SusWrite 114 127
44.8% 204 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.8 4K Read 28 37.1
34.2 4K Write 76.6 111
9.67 4K Mixed 27.7 41
118% 44.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
24 DQ Read 157 204
55.4 DQ Write 117 142
9.65 DQ Mixed 82 126
76.2% 119 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
68GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC22
SusWrite @10s intervals: 122 111 114 129 122 124 MB/s
Read 388
Write 141
Mixed 187
SusWrite 120
46% 209 MB/s
4K Read 32
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 25.7
140% 56.3 MB/s
DQ Read 204
DQ Write 122
DQ Mixed 110
96% 145 MB/s
76GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 115 86 95 115 127 MB/s
Read 290
Write 110
Mixed 176
SusWrite 107
38% 171 MB/s
4K Read 35.5
4K Write 99.7
4K Mixed 34.5
151% 56.6 MB/s
DQ Read 38.8
DQ Write 93.4
DQ Mixed 32.4
34% 54.9 MB/s
32GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 82 78 78 119 116 118 MB/s
Read 379
Write 128
Mixed 171
SusWrite 98.6
43% 194 MB/s
4K Read 27.4
4K Write 62.1
4K Mixed 31.5
115% 40.3 MB/s
DQ Read 198
DQ Write 71.8
DQ Mixed 72.1
70% 114 MB/s
56GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 120 115 114 107 106 97 MB/s
Read 394
Write 142
Mixed 174
SusWrite 110
45% 205 MB/s
4K Read 20
4K Write 45
4K Mixed 24.6
86% 29.9 MB/s
DQ Read 200
DQ Write 130
DQ Mixed 105
94% 145 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,023,630 SSDs tested.


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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 7,134 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 40%
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Desktop 53%
Workstation 33%
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Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $80

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $539

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

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Preformed very poorly compared to other similar SSD from AMD

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

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