Average Bench: 74.2% (520th of 1011)

more Based on 12,538 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 25.7% 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 159MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 31.8MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 520 Series 120GB is 34.9%. 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 132MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 154MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,538 samples)
Min Avg Max
308 Read 388 444
126 Write 154 177
174 Mixed 206 221
104 SusWrite 132 166
48.7% 220 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22 4K Read 31.8 40.4
40.5 4K Write 83.2 118
23.4 4K Mixed 36.7 46.5
139% 50.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
38 DQ Read 206 239
106 DQ Write 147 169
42.9 DQ Mixed 159 190
123% 171 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
29GB free
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 150 147 146 145 152 MB/s
Read 395
Write 158
Mixed 209
SusWrite 145
50% 227 MB/s
4K Read 39.5
4K Write 97.7
4K Mixed 43.6
167% 60.3 MB/s
DQ Read 237
DQ Write 159
DQ Mixed 185
141% 194 MB/s
62GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 145 133 141 140 136 142 MB/s
Read 425
Write 154
Mixed 212
SusWrite 140
51% 233 MB/s
4K Read 36
4K Write 76.7
4K Mixed 36.1
141% 49.6 MB/s
DQ Read 230
DQ Write 157
DQ Mixed 178
137% 189 MB/s
11GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 145 144 140 145 126 128 MB/s
Read 443
Write 162
Mixed 205
SusWrite 138
52% 237 MB/s
4K Read 31.5
4K Write 71.5
4K Mixed 31.7
126% 44.9 MB/s
DQ Read 204
DQ Write 164
DQ Mixed 185
138% 184 MB/s
10GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 117 116 134 121 129 MB/s
Read 326
Write 154
Mixed 203
SusWrite 125
45% 202 MB/s
4K Read 18.9
4K Write 63
4K Mixed 29.3
100% 37.1 MB/s
DQ Read 197
DQ Write 152
DQ Mixed 186
136% 178 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,850,671 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $160 @ launch in Feb '12
AmazonUS $852 months
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Typical 520 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 47,630 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 31%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 51%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 47% - Average Total price: $476

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