Average Bench: 40.7% (930th of 1058)

Based on 9,338 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 59.2% 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 57MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 16.8MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 320 Series 120GB is just 18.5%. 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 129MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,338 samples)
Min Avg Max
162 Read 225 258
108 Write 129 135
112 Mixed 135 144
71.7 SusWrite 113 135
33.5% 151 MB/s
Min Avg Max
10.6 4K Read 16.8 21
19.1 4K Write 32 41.6
12.5 4K Mixed 19 23
66.7% 22.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.6 DQ Read 117 139
43.6 DQ Write 68.8 91.4
21 DQ Mixed 57 70.2
52% 80.9 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
42GB free
Firmware: 4PC10362
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 133 134 135 135 135 MB/s
Read 243
Write 134
Mixed 141
SusWrite 134
36% 163 MB/s
4K Read 20.9
4K Write 41.6
4K Mixed 22.2
82% 28.2 MB/s
DQ Read 140
DQ Write 89.9
DQ Mixed 71.1
65% 100 MB/s
35GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4PC10362
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 118 116 117 117 119 MB/s
Read 234
Write 132
Mixed 140
SusWrite 118
35% 156 MB/s
4K Read 17.2
4K Write 30.1
4K Mixed 19.3
67% 22.2 MB/s
DQ Read 136
DQ Write 67.8
DQ Mixed 62.7
57% 88.8 MB/s
106GB free
Firmware: 4PC10365
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 108 112 112 113 115 MB/s
Read 214
Write 126
Mixed 136
SusWrite 114
33% 147 MB/s
4K Read 11.6
4K Write 33.4
4K Mixed 16.1
56% 20.4 MB/s
DQ Read 132
DQ Write 69
DQ Mixed 58.3
55% 86.5 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 55,018,064 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $188 @ launch in Mar '11
AmazonUS $893 years
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Typical 320 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 50,298 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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