Average Bench: 66.9% (635th of 1011)

Based on 6,630 user benchmarks.  Models: INTEL SSDSC2CT120A3, INTEL SS DSC2CT120A3, INTEL SSDSC2CT12

The Intel 330 is just under two years old and sports a Sandforce 2281 controller coupled with Intel's own 25nm MLC NAND. This combination typically produces a performance profile that struggles with incompressible data and favours reading over writing. With peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 514/138 and 414/122 the Intel 330 is unable to compete in today's market and falls over 50% short of the group leaders which manage peak sequential read/write speeds in the 500/300 MB/s region. Small file 4K peak and average speeds are better and clocked in at 32/89 and 24/63 MB/s which is 10% below the group leaders. Overall the 330 has an effective speed of 370 MB/s which makes it one of the slowest 128GB SSDs I have seen to date. [Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The Intel 330 Series 120GB averaged 33.0% 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 139MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 330 Series 120GB is 29.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 330 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 110MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 130MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,630 samples)
Min Avg Max
315 Read 386 437
107 Write 130 143
146 Mixed 180 194
84.9 SusWrite 110 132
44.3% 201 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.5 4K Read 28 35.8
39.3 4K Write 76.6 113
21.3 4K Mixed 32.1 41.3
124% 45.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
93.2 DQ Read 175 200
93.3 DQ Write 127 142
51.5 DQ Mixed 139 164
107% 147 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
24GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 94 102 98 93 94 94 MB/s
Read 343
Write 128
Mixed 170
SusWrite 95.5
41% 184 MB/s
4K Read 22.1
4K Write 88.1
4K Mixed 31.5
120% 47.2 MB/s
DQ Read 134
DQ Write 130
DQ Mixed 119
93% 128 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 16,734,081 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $116 @ launch in Mar '12
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Typical 330 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 13,480 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 56%
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Desktop
Desktop 60%
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Workstation
Workstation 33%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 38% - Below average Total price: $743

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Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. NAND Flash: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC

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