Average Bench: 41.9% (873rd of 1016)

Based on 5,286 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 58.0% 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 56.4MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 17.6MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 16.2%. 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 115MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 130MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,286 samples)
Min Avg Max
172 Read 231 257
117 Write 130 135
116 Mixed 135 144
66.3 SusWrite 115 135
34% 153 MB/s
Min Avg Max
12.4 4K Read 17.6 21.2
24.1 4K Write 33.7 42.1
14.3 4K Mixed 19.8 23.1
69.9% 23.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.3 DQ Read 115 139
43.6 DQ Write 69.3 91.5
21 DQ Mixed 56.4 70.6
51.6% 80.1 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
18GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10302
SusWrite @10s intervals: 122 119 118 118 118 113 MB/s
Read 247
Write 132
Mixed 136
SusWrite 118
35% 158 MB/s
4K Read 19.6
4K Write 41.2
4K Mixed 22.9
81% 27.9 MB/s
DQ Read 138
DQ Write 64.6
DQ Mixed 61.4
56% 87.8 MB/s
41GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10362
SusWrite @10s intervals: 124 118 112 114 114 102 MB/s
Read 242
Write 133
Mixed 142
SusWrite 114
35% 158 MB/s
4K Read 19.3
4K Write 37.2
4K Mixed 21.3
76% 25.9 MB/s
DQ Read 129
DQ Write 85.5
DQ Mixed 61.8
58% 92.2 MB/s
77GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10362
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 123 128 127 127 126 MB/s
Read 225
Write 124
Mixed 130
SusWrite 125
34% 151 MB/s
4K Read 17.7
4K Write 32.1
4K Mixed 19.7
69% 23.2 MB/s
DQ Read 135
DQ Write 69.5
DQ Mixed 62.4
57% 88.9 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,680,567 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $188 @ launch in Mar '11
AmazonUS $8915 months
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Typical 320 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 50,963 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 32%
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Desktop
Desktop 51%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 49% - Average Total price: $434

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