Average Bench: 67% (668th of 1030)

Based on 8,481 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 138MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.4MB/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.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 111MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 131MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,481 samples)
Min Avg Max
303 Read 380 442
104 Write 131 145
148 Mixed 180 196
85.1 SusWrite 111 136
44.2% 201 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.5 4K Read 28.4 35.6
38.1 4K Write 76.6 111
20.8 4K Mixed 32.3 40.3
125% 45.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.3 DQ Read 176 200
101 DQ Write 128 143
39.6 DQ Mixed 138 163
107% 147 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
111GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 117 116 121 120 106 MB/s
Read 423
Write 133
Mixed 189
SusWrite 117
47% 216 MB/s
4K Read 30.5
4K Write 72.2
4K Mixed 35
129% 45.9 MB/s
DQ Read 190
DQ Write 132
DQ Mixed 167
123% 163 MB/s
29GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 127 135 126 70 102 145 MB/s
Read 415
Write 131
Mixed 177
SusWrite 117
46% 210 MB/s
4K Read 26.9
4K Write 92
4K Mixed 24.1
120% 47.7 MB/s
DQ Read 129
DQ Write 122
DQ Mixed 142
102% 131 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 29,804,615 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $116 @ launch in Mar '12
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Typical 330 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 15,895 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 65%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $346

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

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