IntelSSDSC2CT120A3
SamsungMZ-7TE120BW

Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. NAND Flash: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC. Release date: Q1 2012.

Controller: Samsung 3 Core MEX. Memory: Samsung 19nm Toggle Mode TLC. Release date: Q3 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 112,772 user samples
11,791 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 80% 103GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 75GB free (System drive)
Poor: 50% Great: 80%
SPEED RANK: 693rd / 1058
100,981 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 52GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 37GB free (System drive)
Poor: 64% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 318th / 1058
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
67 % 90.3 % Much faster effective speed.
+35%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
384 MB/s 464 MB/s Faster read speed.
+21%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
131 MB/s 401 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+206%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
28 MB/s 38.2 MB/s Much faster random read.
+36%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
76.2 MB/s 84.1 MB/s Faster random write.
+10%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
181 MB/s 316 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+75%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
32.2 MB/s 45.4 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+41%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
111 MB/s 134 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+21%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
446 MB/s 504 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+13%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s 488 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
+234%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
35.5 MB/s 45.7 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+29%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
110 MB/s 113 MB/s +3%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
196 MB/s 387 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
+97%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
39.8 MB/s 54.7 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+37%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
137 MB/s 178 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+30%
Market Share
Based on 45,446,634 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.02 % 0.14 % Hugely higher market share.
+600%
Value
Value For Money
5.62 % 13.5 % Hugely better value.
+140%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 54 % +4%
Price
Price (score)
$85 $40 Much cheaper.
+54%
Age
Newest
112 Months 96 Months More recent.
+14%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
200 MB/s 381 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue read.
+90%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
141 MB/s 361 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue write.
+156%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
688 Pts 1,260 Pts Hugely stronger server IO.
+83%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
164 MB/s 181 MB/s Faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+10%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
182 MB/s 331 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue read.
+82%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
128 MB/s 292 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue write.
+128%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
142 MB/s 158 MB/s Faster deep queue mixed IO.
+11%
Capacity
Capacity
120GB 120GB
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The Intel 330 is just under two years old and sports a Sandforce 2281 controller coupled with Intel's own 25nm MLC NAND. This combination typically produces a performance profile that struggles with incompressible data and favours reading over writing. With peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 514/138 and 414/122 the Intel 330 is unable to compete in today's market and falls over 50% short of the group leaders which manage peak sequential read/write speeds in the 500/300 MB/s region. Small file 4K peak and average speeds are better and clocked in at 32/89 and 24/63 MB/s which is 10% below the group leaders. Overall the 330 has an effective speed of 370 MB/s which makes it one of the slowest 128GB SSDs I have seen to date. [Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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The 120GB Evo, like its 250GB sibling, features a second level Turbowrite cache (TWC). This 3GB block of high speed SLC memory allows the Evo to write data at 370 MB/s, nearly double its normal rate. When the TWC is full write speeds drop by around 50% but since consumers generally write less than 3GB in a typical write operation, the performance drop will rarely be noticed. On the other hand, in a server environment this sort of performance degradation would be unacceptable. Comparing the 120GB and 250GB Evos shows that they have similar performance profiles. The performance equivalence between the different capacities, coupled with the fact that their prices are almost linear, implies that both capacities represent roughly the same value for money. Within its TWC, the 120GB Evo is capable of chart topping burst IO rates and it sits squarely amongst the best performing 120GB drives. [Aug '14 SSDrivePro]

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Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

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