Average Bench: 67.3% (631st of 1011)

Based on 6,930 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 32.7% 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 140MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.1MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 330 Series 120GB is 30.9%. 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 113MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 133MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,930 samples)
Min Avg Max
312 Read 385 442
114 Write 133 145
156 Mixed 182 195
88.4 SusWrite 113 136
44.7% 203 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.9 4K Read 28.1 35.9
41.6 4K Write 77.3 117
22.2 4K Mixed 32.3 41.3
125% 45.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
77.6 DQ Read 176 200
108 DQ Write 128 141
48.3 DQ Mixed 140 163
108% 148 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
15GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 103 93 88 94 123 MB/s
Read 342
Write 131
Mixed 180
SusWrite 101
42% 188 MB/s
4K Read 27.8
4K Write 92.5
4K Mixed 39.1
141% 53.1 MB/s
DQ Read 198
DQ Write 120
DQ Mixed 137
108% 152 MB/s
111GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 116 116 118 121 116 MB/s
Read 339
Write 142
Mixed 180
SusWrite 116
43% 194 MB/s
4K Read 33
4K Write 85.3
4K Mixed 37.9
144% 52.1 MB/s
DQ Read 33.7
DQ Write 94.7
DQ Mixed 37.4
36% 55.3 MB/s
33GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 117 128 139 126 119 MB/s
Read 398
Write 138
Mixed 186
SusWrite 123
46% 211 MB/s
4K Read 24.4
4K Write 43.1
4K Mixed 26.3
94% 31.3 MB/s
DQ Read 196
DQ Write 124
DQ Mixed 155
117% 158 MB/s
17GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 95 92 78 98 92 88 MB/s
Read 311
Write 116
Mixed 150
SusWrite 90.5
37% 167 MB/s
4K Read 18.8
4K Write 57.4
4K Mixed 26.6
93% 34.3 MB/s
DQ Read 198
DQ Write 105
DQ Mixed 110
93% 138 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,505,215 SSDs tested.

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Approx. $116 @ launch in Mar '12
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Desktop 59%
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Workstation 33%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $517

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

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