SamsungMZ-7TE120BW
IntelSSDSC2CW120A3

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

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 42,460 user samples
34,659 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 55GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 59GB free (System drive)
Poor: 64% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 183rd / 959
7,801 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 30GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 54% 52GB free (System drive)
Poor: 54% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 443rd / 959
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
91.9 % Faster effective speed.
+26%
73 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
463 MB/s Faster read speed.
+20%
385 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
413 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+172%
152 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
39.2 MB/s Faster random read.
+24%
31.5 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
90.9 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+12%
80.8 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
304 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+50%
203 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
46 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+27%
36.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
130 MB/s +1% 129 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
504 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+14%
442 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
489 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
+191%
168 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
46.7 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+19%
39.4 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
121 MB/s +4% 116 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
387 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+77%
219 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
55.5 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+21%
46 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
175 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+10%
159 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,116,608 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.54 % Hugely higher market share.
+391%
0.11 %
Value
Value For Money
40 % Slightly better value.
+13%
35.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
64 % +5% 61 %
Price
Price (score)
$138 $119 Slightly cheaper.
+14%
Age
Newest
63 Months More recent.
+21%
80 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
381 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
+60%
238 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
355 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue write.
+115%
165 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,265 Pts Much stronger server IO.
+61%
786 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
180 MB/s 188 MB/s +4%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
330 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
+63%
202 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
307 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue write.
+113%
144 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
156 MB/s +1% 155 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
120GB 120GB
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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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The Intel 520 Series was Intel's first SSD to feature a Sandforce 2281 controller. This controller has powered countless SSDs over the last three years but is now dated and is known to be limited in the area of incompressible write speed. The 120GB Intel 520 scored peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 514/157 and 421/133. These read speeds are good but the peak write of 157 MB/s lags the group leaders average of 313 MB/s by nearly 100%. This relative inability to write lowers the 520's overall effective speed to 403 MB/s or 15% lower than the 459 MB/s achieved by the group leaders. At two years of age the Intel 520 can no longer compete with newer drives, there is far better value available amongst the group leaders[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 2018 SSD Rankings.

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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