Average Bench: 67.1% (692nd of 1058)

Based on 11,833 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 32.9% 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 143MB/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 31%. 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 11,833 samples)
Min Avg Max
307 Read 383 443
113 Write 131 149
155 Mixed 181 195
84.9 SusWrite 111 137
44.4% 201 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.1 4K Read 28.2 35.5
31.6 4K Write 76.3 111
19.9 4K Mixed 32.1 40.1
124% 45.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
117 DQ Read 184 200
103 DQ Write 129 142
107 DQ Mixed 143 164
110% 152 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
57GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 137 151 152 149 149 146 MB/s
Read 458
Write 132
Mixed 170
SusWrite 147
50% 227 MB/s
4K Read 35.8
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 41.6
166% 62.6 MB/s
DQ Read 199
DQ Write 110
DQ Mixed 132
104% 147 MB/s
47GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 89 79 79 112 155 154 MB/s
Read 454
Write 134
Mixed 178
SusWrite 111
48% 219 MB/s
4K Read 31
4K Write 99.2
4K Mixed 38.9
149% 56.4 MB/s
DQ Read 199
DQ Write 132
DQ Mixed 151
116% 160 MB/s
112GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 145 140 100 139 143 145 MB/s
Read 426
Write 147
Mixed 199
SusWrite 135
50% 227 MB/s
4K Read 32.6
4K Write 89.1
4K Mixed 36.7
144% 52.8 MB/s
DQ Read 200
DQ Write 144
DQ Mixed 170
128% 171 MB/s
57GB free
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 124 126 127 128 123 114 MB/s
Read 406
Write 142
Mixed 197
SusWrite 124
48% 217 MB/s
4K Read 33.3
4K Write 52.6
4K Mixed 37.9
127% 41.3 MB/s
DQ Read 198
DQ Write 140
DQ Mixed 156
120% 165 MB/s
36GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 81 68 64 64 64 MB/s
Read 408
Write 114
Mixed 175
SusWrite 71.4
42% 192 MB/s
4K Read 20.2
4K Write 45.1
4K Mixed 26.3
88% 30.5 MB/s
DQ Read 118
DQ Write 126
DQ Mixed 135
98% 126 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $116 @ launch in Mar '12
AmazonUS $20012 mins
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Typical 330 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 41,126 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
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: 45% - Average Total price: $497

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

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