Average Bench: 40.4% (944th of 1069)

Based on 9,651 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 59.5% 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 57.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 16.7MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 19.1%. 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 127MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,651 samples)
Min Avg Max
149 Read 220 257
101 Write 127 135
113 Mixed 134 144
74.3 SusWrite 113 135
33.1% 149 MB/s
Min Avg Max
10.6 4K Read 16.7 21
19.1 4K Write 31.7 41.6
12.4 4K Mixed 18.9 23
66.4% 22.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.7 DQ Read 119 139
43.6 DQ Write 68.8 91.3
21.6 DQ Mixed 57.2 70.1
52.4% 81.5 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
66GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 128 127 133 132 130 MB/s
Read 243
Write 126
Mixed 138
SusWrite 129
35% 159 MB/s
4K Read 18.1
4K Write 32.1
4K Mixed 19
69% 23.1 MB/s
DQ Read 137
DQ Write 67.8
DQ Mixed 63.1
57% 89.3 MB/s
50GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 0365
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 105 117 117 116 116 MB/s
Read 223
Write 119
Mixed 134
SusWrite 111
33% 147 MB/s
4K Read 15.8
4K Write 29.8
4K Mixed 18
63% 21.2 MB/s
DQ Read 132
DQ Write 69.6
DQ Mixed 64.8
58% 88.9 MB/s
50GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10302
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 112 100 99 103 97 MB/s
Read 199
Write 129
Mixed 134
SusWrite 101
32% 141 MB/s
4K Read 14.4
4K Write 28.5
4K Mixed 17.8
60% 20.2 MB/s
DQ Read 134
DQ Write 65.9
DQ Mixed 60.5
55% 86.6 MB/s
16GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10302
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 88 63 61 53 58 MB/s
Read 162
Write 122
Mixed 124
SusWrite 69.4
27% 119 MB/s
4K Read 10.8
4K Write 26
4K Mixed 12.2
46% 16.3 MB/s
DQ Read 137
DQ Write 51.4
DQ Mixed 60.8
54% 83.1 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 60,763,578 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $188 @ launch in Mar '11
AmazonUS $894 years
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Typical 320 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 15,286 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 8%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $386

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