Average Bench: 67.2% (676th of 1040)

Based on 9,809 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 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 139MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.3MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 330 Series 120GB is 28.8%. 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 129MB/s
ADVERTISEMENT

Average Bench

(Based on 9,809 samples)
Min Avg Max
303 Read 387 449
90.4 Write 129 147
152 Mixed 181 198
84 SusWrite 110 138
44.4% 202 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.5 4K Read 28.3 35.1
38.8 4K Write 76.3 111
21.2 4K Mixed 32.4 40.3
125% 45.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
99 DQ Read 180 200
99.3 DQ Write 127 142
50.8 DQ Mixed 139 162
108% 149 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
50GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 109 102 103 102 104 100 MB/s
Read 417
Write 135
Mixed 180
SusWrite 103
46% 209 MB/s
4K Read 24.8
4K Write 46.1
4K Mixed 26.3
96% 32.4 MB/s
DQ Read 130
DQ Write 124
DQ Mixed 158
110% 138 MB/s
9,809 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,028,888 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $116 @ launch in Mar '12
AmazonUS $16715 mins
Send price feedback
Typical 330 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 27,901 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 48% - Average Total price: $464

Popular 330 Series 120GB systems:

How Fast Is Your SSD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build.
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware.
  • - Share your opinion by voting.
Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2021 SSD Rankings.

Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

ADVERTISEMENT

Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.

 Comments

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

The speed you need, the price you want...

Added 6 years ago.

Very poor

6 years ago.


Your
opinion?
1040 Drives (Compared) Thousands of user benchmarks compiled into one comparison list.

See how consistently different SSDs perform with varying real world conditions. The charts also illustrate overall performance, popularity and rank.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-10600K $257Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $47
Intel Core i5-9600K $219Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
Intel Core i5-10400F $161Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $40
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $29Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $71SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
Today's hottest deals
About  •  User Guide  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer  •  YouTube Feedback