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 123,792 user samples
104,444 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 112GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 42GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 311th / 1071
19,348 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 17GB free
Worst Bench: 57% 37GB free (System drive)
Poor: 57% Great: 88%
SPEED RANK: 592nd / 1071
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
91.4 % Faster effective speed.
+23%
74 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
461 MB/s Faster read speed.
+18%
392 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
404 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+159%
156 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
38.9 MB/s Faster random read.
+21%
32.1 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
87 MB/s Faster random write.
+10%
78.9 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
317 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+52%
209 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
45.8 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+26%
36.4 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
136 MB/s +2% 133 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
506 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+13%
446 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
489 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
+173%
179 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
46.3 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+17%
39.6 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
118 MB/s +4% 114 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
392 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+75%
224 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
55.6 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+22%
45.5 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
179 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+7%
168 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 63,159,084 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.13 % Hugely higher market share.
+550%
0.02 %
Value
Value For Money
5.03 % Much better value.
+53%
3.29 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % +2% 53 %
Price
Price (score)
$150 Cheaper.
+25%
$199
Age
Newest
114 Months More recent.
+13%
131 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
381 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
+59%
239 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
362 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue write.
+114%
169 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,268 Pts Much stronger server IO.
+60%
792 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
179 MB/s 191 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+7%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
339 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
+56%
217 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
297 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue write.
+98%
150 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
160 MB/s 164 MB/s +2%
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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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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