Average Bench: 72.7% (579th of 1040)

more Based on 16,119 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]

Good average bench

The Intel 520 Series 120GB averaged 27.3% 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 159MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 31.5MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 520 Series 120GB is 32.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 520 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 129MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 153MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 16,119 samples)
Min Avg Max
311 Read 390 451
123 Write 153 172
176 Mixed 206 222
96.5 SusWrite 129 161
48.5% 220 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.4 4K Read 31.5 39.6
37.4 4K Write 77.3 113
24.6 4K Mixed 35.8 45.8
134% 48.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
60.7 DQ Read 209 239
87.1 DQ Write 146 166
46.6 DQ Mixed 159 189
124% 171 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
45GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 123 123 124 116 119 MB/s
Read 376
Write 156
Mixed 203
SusWrite 122
47% 214 MB/s
4K Read 26.2
4K Write 74
4K Mixed 31.7
120% 44 MB/s
DQ Read 236
DQ Write 162
DQ Mixed 196
147% 198 MB/s
15GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 96 91 100 105 108 MB/s
Read 364
Write 114
Mixed 174
SusWrite 100
41% 188 MB/s
4K Read 22.6
4K Write 58.6
4K Mixed 29
102% 36.7 MB/s
DQ Read 236
DQ Write 144
DQ Mixed 123
109% 167 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,049,302 SSDs tested.

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MSRP ≈ $160 @ launch in Feb '12
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Typical 520 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 27,930 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: 47% - Average Total price: $476

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