Average Bench: 67.6% (612th of 1003)

Based on 5,935 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 32.3% 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 141MB/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 30.8%. 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 111MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 132MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,935 samples)
Min Avg Max
299 Read 384 441
108 Write 132 149
153 Mixed 180 199
85.3 SusWrite 111 141
44.5% 202 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.7 4K Read 28.2 35.4
42.1 4K Write 79.3 115
22.2 4K Mixed 32.4 40.1
126% 46.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
98.1 DQ Read 177 201
107 DQ Write 129 144
52.3 DQ Mixed 141 165
108% 149 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
65GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 144 135 147 145 143 MB/s
Read 390
Write 133
Mixed 184
SusWrite 142
47% 212 MB/s
4K Read 35.9
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 41.7
167% 63.2 MB/s
DQ Read 198
DQ Write 110
DQ Mixed 134
105% 147 MB/s
93GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 126 129 126 123 125 MB/s
Read 411
Write 136
Mixed 189
SusWrite 124
47% 215 MB/s
4K Read 34
4K Write 96.7
4K Mixed 37.5
151% 56.1 MB/s
DQ Read 199
DQ Write 136
DQ Mixed 158
121% 164 MB/s
43GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 122 118 122 122 120 121 MB/s
Read 418
Write 136
Mixed 190
SusWrite 121
48% 216 MB/s
4K Read 30.3
4K Write 81.2
4K Mixed 35.9
135% 49.1 MB/s
DQ Read 200
DQ Write 139
DQ Mixed 155
120% 165 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,013,832 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $116 @ launch in Mar '12
AmazonUS $14621 months
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Typical 330 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 12,515 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 59%
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Desktop
Desktop 62%
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Workstation
Workstation 38%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $715

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

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