Average Bench: 56.8% (635th of 927)

Based on 4,120 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 43.2% 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 69.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 23.5MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 26.5%. 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 Read Speed 97.8MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 4,120 samples)
Min Avg Max
325 Read 459 500
96.3 Write 121 137
135 Mixed 178 206
54.8% 253 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.3 4K Read 23.5 32.7
33.2 4K Write 69.9 103
7.94 4K Mixed 14.3 21.8
90.9% 35.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.9 DQ Read 97.8 191
42.2 DQ Write 109 136
7.67 DQ Mixed 25.9 42.3
41% 77.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
13GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 454
Write 127
Mixed 160
54% 247 MB/s
4K Read 28.5
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 14.3
126% 54.9 MB/s
DQ Read 135
DQ Write 115
DQ Mixed 30.1
48% 93.2 MB/s
14GB free
Firmware: DC22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 502
Write 126
Mixed 175
58% 268 MB/s
4K Read 30.2
4K Write 76.6
4K Mixed 9.24
98% 38.7 MB/s
DQ Read 81.5
DQ Write 114
DQ Mixed 9.37
32% 68.2 MB/s
61GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 503
Write 130
Mixed 194
60% 276 MB/s
4K Read 25.3
4K Write 58.4
4K Mixed 11.3
84% 31.7 MB/s
DQ Read 28.9
DQ Write 67.6
DQ Mixed 10.6
19% 35.7 MB/s
23GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 299
Write 113
Mixed 144
40% 185 MB/s
4K Read 19.4
4K Write 58.9
4K Mixed 13.1
77% 30.5 MB/s
DQ Read 25.4
DQ Write 97.5
DQ Mixed 11.7
23% 44.9 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 6,774,951 SSDs tested.


Approx. $122 @ launch in Sep '13
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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 6,078 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop 54%
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $92

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $562

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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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