Average Bench: 57.7% (543rd of 863)

Based on 3,207 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 42.2% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 71.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.2MB/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.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 123MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 98MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,207 samples)
Min Avg Max
389 Read 467 502
92.6 Write 123 138
134 Mixed 180 207
55.7% 257 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.9 4K Read 24.2 34.7
30.2 4K Write 71.2 107
7.69 4K Mixed 14.4 21.9
92.8% 36.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.3 DQ Read 98 192
47.6 DQ Write 109 138
7.65 DQ Mixed 26.1 42.1
41.1% 77.8 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
33GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 492
Write 125
Mixed 189
58% 269 MB/s
4K Read 27.9
4K Write 54
4K Mixed 18.5
94% 33.5 MB/s
DQ Read 120
DQ Write 117
DQ Mixed 37.2
50% 91.4 MB/s
21GB free
Firmware: DC32 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 458
Write 115
Mixed 190
55% 254 MB/s
4K Read 14
4K Write 28.5
4K Mixed 6.68
45% 16.4 MB/s
DQ Read 14.3
DQ Write 27.5
DQ Mixed 7.47
10% 16.4 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 4,480,081 SSDs tested.

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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 3,645 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 41%
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Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 33%
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Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $66

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $601

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

Loose the lag, loose the minutes...

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16 days ago.

Preformed very poorly compared to other similar SSD from AMD


Very poor

3 years ago.


Poor

15 months ago.

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


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13 months ago.

it fast and reliable


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