Average Bench: 67% (649th of 1018)

Based on 8,332 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]


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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 135MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.2MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 330 Series 120GB is 30.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 330 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 110MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 131MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 8,332 samples)
Min Avg Max
296 Read 385 452
106 Write 131 147
156 Mixed 180 196
82.7 SusWrite 110 137
44.4% 202 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.1 4K Read 28.2 36.1
36.8 4K Write 77.3 114
21.5 4K Mixed 32.2 41.4
125% 45.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.4 DQ Read 171 200
100 DQ Write 126 141
39.1 DQ Mixed 135 162
105% 144 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
9GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 112 121 108 119 123 136 MB/s
Read 412
Write 134
Mixed 194
SusWrite 120
47% 215 MB/s
4K Read 35.3
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 39.7
162% 61.1 MB/s
DQ Read 199
DQ Write 135
DQ Mixed 156
119% 163 MB/s
99GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 115 113 121 124 128 125 MB/s
Read 425
Write 122
Mixed 165
SusWrite 121
46% 208 MB/s
4K Read 31.3
4K Write 86
4K Mixed 35.6
139% 51 MB/s
DQ Read 200
DQ Write 138
DQ Mixed 158
121% 165 MB/s
27GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 114 118 116 122 124 MB/s
Read 407
Write 140
Mixed 184
SusWrite 120
47% 213 MB/s
4K Read 25
4K Write 46
4K Mixed 28.3
98% 33.1 MB/s
DQ Read 200
DQ Write 135
DQ Mixed 157
120% 164 MB/s
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Typical 330 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 17,257 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 49%
Desktop 58%
Workstation 32%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 37% - Below average Total price: $724

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

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