Average Bench: 41% (877th of 1012)

Based on 5,133 user benchmarks.  Models: INTEL SSDSA2CW120G3, INTEL SSDSA2BW120G3H, INTEL SS DSA2CW120G3, INTEL SSDSA2BW120G3

The Intel 320 SSD uses a proprietary Intel controller which predates Intel's adoption of Sandforce controllers for their consumer SSDs. The 320 is nearly three years old and consequently has a particularly poor performance profile. With peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 260/135 and 208/107 MB/s the 120GB Intel 320 is about half as fast as the current group leaders. Peak small file 4K read/write speeds clock in at 19/37 MB/s, again around half as fast as the current group leaders. Overall the 120GB Intel 320 has an effective speed of 214 MB/s. Although these speeds are only around half as fast as current SSDs, they are still twice as fast sequentially and 15x faster than the fastest mechanical drives. [Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Below average average bench

The Intel 320 Series 120GB averaged 58.9% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 55.7MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 17.1MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 18.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 320 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 113MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 128MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,133 samples)
Min Avg Max
158 Read 228 256
110 Write 128 135
109 Mixed 134 144
63.9 SusWrite 113 135
33.5% 151 MB/s
Min Avg Max
10.8 4K Read 17.1 21
20.9 4K Write 32.9 41.9
12.4 4K Mixed 19.2 23
67.9% 23.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.4 DQ Read 114 139
43.3 DQ Write 68.4 90.9
21.2 DQ Mixed 55.7 70.1
51% 79.4 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
57GB free
Firmware: 4PC10302
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 134 134 134 134 134 MB/s
Read 256
Write 132
Mixed 142
SusWrite 134
37% 166 MB/s
4K Read 20.5
4K Write 38.8
4K Mixed 22.6
81% 27.3 MB/s
DQ Read 134
DQ Write 64.7
DQ Mixed 55.7
53% 84.6 MB/s
15GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10302
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 109 110 106 102 109 MB/s
Read 214
Write 121
Mixed 115
SusWrite 108
31% 140 MB/s
4K Read 14.8
4K Write 33.3
4K Mixed 19
64% 22.4 MB/s
DQ Read 133
DQ Write 66.3
DQ Mixed 59.1
55% 86.1 MB/s
23GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10362
SusWrite @10s intervals: 54 58 54 53 47 50 MB/s
Read 195
Write 130
Mixed 125
SusWrite 52.6
28% 126 MB/s
4K Read 15
4K Write 34.6
4K Mixed 17
63% 22.2 MB/s
DQ Read 17.5
DQ Write 48.1
DQ Mixed 20.7
19% 28.8 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,943,684 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $188 @ launch in Mar '11
AmazonUS $8913 months
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Typical 320 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 47,801 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 31%
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Desktop
Desktop 47%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 21%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $480

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