Average Bench: 73.3% (480th of 980)

more Based on 7,867 user benchmarks.  Models: INTEL SSDSC2CW120A3, INTEL SSDSC2BW120A3, INTEL SSDSC2CW120A3H, INTE SSDSC2CW120A3, INTEL SS DSC2CW120A3, INTEL SSDSC2CW12, INTEL SSDSC2CW120A

The Intel 520 Series was Intel's first SSD to feature a Sandforce 2281 controller. This controller has powered countless SSDs over the last three years but is now dated and is known to be limited in the area of incompressible write speed. The 120GB Intel 520 scored peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 514/157 and 421/133. These read speeds are good but the peak write of 157 MB/s lags the group leaders average of 313 MB/s by nearly 100%. This relative inability to write lowers the 520's overall effective speed to 403 MB/s or 15% lower than the 459 MB/s achieved by the group leaders. At two years of age the Intel 520 can no longer compete with newer drives, there is far better value available amongst the group leaders[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Good average bench

The Intel 520 Series 120GB averaged 26.6% 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 157MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 31.6MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 520 Series 120GB is 36.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel 520 Series 120GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 129MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 152MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,867 samples)
Min Avg Max
308 Read 386 443
123 Write 152 169
171 Mixed 203 220
97.4 SusWrite 129 164
48.1% 218 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.6 4K Read 31.6 40.2
37.6 4K Write 81.4 119
23 4K Mixed 36.2 46.2
137% 49.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
38.6 DQ Read 206 239
109 DQ Write 148 166
39.7 DQ Mixed 157 188
123% 170 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
37GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 128 130 125 127 124 MB/s
Read 434
Write 166
Mixed 219
SusWrite 128
52% 237 MB/s
4K Read 37.5
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 41.9
168% 62.5 MB/s
DQ Read 232
DQ Write 155
DQ Mixed 155
126% 181 MB/s
68GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 154 139 152 155 154 149 MB/s
Read 411
Write 144
Mixed 223
SusWrite 150
51% 232 MB/s
4K Read 35.7
4K Write 83.4
4K Mixed 41.2
151% 53.4 MB/s
DQ Read 218
DQ Write 160
DQ Mixed 107
102% 162 MB/s
85GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 134 142 139 140 138 MB/s
Read 416
Write 156
Mixed 210
SusWrite 138
51% 230 MB/s
4K Read 30.2
4K Write 58.8
4K Mixed 34.8
122% 41.3 MB/s
DQ Read 237
DQ Write 163
DQ Mixed 183
141% 194 MB/s
42GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 138 139 131 135 139 MB/s
Read 313
Write 164
Mixed 202
SusWrite 137
45% 204 MB/s
4K Read 29.4
4K Write 60.3
4K Mixed 35.3
122% 41.7 MB/s
DQ Read 208
DQ Write 121
DQ Mixed 160
120% 163 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,409,242 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $160 @ launch in Feb '12
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Typical 520 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 29,669 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 23%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $589

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