Average Bench: 41% (927th of 1058)

Based on 8,581 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]

Below average average bench

The Intel 320 Series 120GB averaged 59.0% 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 56.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 17MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 18.8%. 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 127MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,581 samples)
Min Avg Max
155 Read 227 258
111 Write 127 135
110 Mixed 134 144
69.3 SusWrite 113 135
33.5% 150 MB/s
Min Avg Max
9.95 4K Read 17 21.4
19.5 4K Write 32.6 42.8
12.6 4K Mixed 19.2 23.4
67.6% 22.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.6 DQ Read 117 139
43 DQ Write 68.7 91.8
21.7 DQ Mixed 56.9 70.3
52% 80.9 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
101GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362
SusWrite @10s intervals: 137 136 137 136 136 136 MB/s
Read 258
Write 135
Mixed 143
SusWrite 136
37% 168 MB/s
4K Read 20.4
4K Write 39
4K Mixed 21.6
79% 27 MB/s
DQ Read 135
DQ Write 90.2
DQ Mixed 63.6
61% 96.4 MB/s
55GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 135 134 134 130 121 MB/s
Read 254
Write 133
Mixed 141
SusWrite 131
37% 165 MB/s
4K Read 19.4
4K Write 35.6
4K Mixed 21.2
75% 25.4 MB/s
DQ Read 134
DQ Write 70.1
DQ Mixed 59
55% 87.8 MB/s
55GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 122 123 128 132 129 132 MB/s
Read 187
Write 107
Mixed 133
SusWrite 128
31% 139 MB/s
4K Read 18.2
4K Write 29.3
4K Mixed 20.9
70% 22.8 MB/s
DQ Read 136
DQ Write 76.8
DQ Mixed 66.9
60% 93.2 MB/s
80GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 134 134 134 133 127 MB/s
Read 228
Write 117
Mixed 134
SusWrite 132
34% 153 MB/s
4K Read 14.6
4K Write 30.1
4K Mixed 18.4
62% 21 MB/s
DQ Read 137
DQ Write 69.7
DQ Mixed 63.1
58% 90 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 47,299,915 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $188 @ launch in Mar '11
AmazonUS $892 years
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Typical 320 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 41,257 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 64%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $386

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