Average Bench: 57.7% (566th of 885)

Based on 2,915 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]

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Average average bench

The Intel 530 Series 120GB averaged 42.3% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 70.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 28.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 530 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 122MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 25.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,915 samples)
Min Avg Max
357 Read 464 502
91.3 Write 122 137
140 Mixed 180 203
55.4% 255 MB/s
Min Avg Max
13.9 4K Read 24 33.4
29.6 4K Write 70.9 106
7.8 4K Mixed 14.6 21.8
92.6% 36.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.8 DQ Read 104 191
43.8 DQ Write 109 136
7.76 DQ Mixed 25.7 41.7
41.6% 79.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
8GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 505
Write 130
Mixed 176
58% 270 MB/s
4K Read 31.4
4K Write 72.9
4K Mixed 18
109% 40.7 MB/s
DQ Read 196
DQ Write 86.2
DQ Mixed 26.9
50% 103 MB/s
90GB free
Firmware: DC22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 476
Write 123
Mixed 185
57% 262 MB/s
4K Read 28.7
4K Write 64
4K Mixed 11.8
92% 34.8 MB/s
DQ Read 174
DQ Write 139
DQ Mixed 11.2
48% 108 MB/s
56GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 452
Write 133
Mixed 186
56% 257 MB/s
4K Read 26.8
4K Write 94.9
4K Mixed 7.91
101% 43.2 MB/s
DQ Read 24.5
DQ Write 138
DQ Mixed 7.38
27% 56.7 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 5,626,299 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $122 @ launch in Sep '13
BHPhotoUS $8922 months
AmazonUS $19026 days
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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 4,985 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $70

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $543

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 Comments

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

Loose the lag, loose the minutes...

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Poor (edit your comment) Add link

3 months ago.

Preformed very poorly compared to other similar SSD from AMD


Very poor

3 years ago.


Poor

18 months ago.

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


Good

15 months ago.

it fast and reliable


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