Average Bench: 41.5% (902nd of 1040)

Based on 7,285 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 58.5% 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 57.3MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 17.2MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 17.7%. 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 128MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,285 samples)
Min Avg Max
158 Read 227 257
112 Write 128 135
113 Mixed 135 144
72 SusWrite 115 135
33.7% 151 MB/s
Min Avg Max
11.7 4K Read 17.2 21
22.9 4K Write 33.2 41.6
13.5 4K Mixed 19.4 23.1
68.5% 23.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.7 DQ Read 118 139
43.7 DQ Write 69.7 90.8
21.7 DQ Mixed 57.3 70
52.5% 81.8 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
22GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10302
SusWrite @10s intervals: 119 130 134 134 134 134 MB/s
Read 246
Write 134
Mixed 147
SusWrite 131
37% 164 MB/s
4K Read 17.2
4K Write 29
4K Mixed 19
66% 21.7 MB/s
DQ Read 133
DQ Write 66.2
DQ Mixed 60.9
56% 86.7 MB/s
18GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10362
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 127 129 127 126 121 MB/s
Read 215
Write 129
Mixed 135
SusWrite 123
34% 150 MB/s
4K Read 10
4K Write 33.7
4K Mixed 13.4
50% 19 MB/s
DQ Read 137
DQ Write 68.8
DQ Mixed 61.6
57% 89.3 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 34,925,875 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $188 @ launch in Mar '11
AmazonUS $892 years
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Typical 320 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 24,059 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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