Average Bench: 66.9% (646th of 1011)

Based on 4,877 user benchmarks.  Models: INTEL SSDSC2BW120A4, INTEL SS DSC2BW120A4

At just 5 months old the Intel 530 Series SSD is the newest SSD in the group test. Unfortunately the 530 uses the same basic formula we have seen going back two and a half years. Sporting a Sandforce 2281 controller coupled with 20nm NAND flash the performance profile struggles with incompressible data and predictably favours reads over writes as with all the other Sandforce 2281 drives we have seen. With peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 498/154 and 454/131 MB/s the 120GB Intel 530 lags the group leaders by 50%. Small file 4K peak and average performance clocked in at 34/101 and 26/76 MB/s which is slightly above average for a leading 120GB SSD. There are faster and cheaper alternatives available in the group test[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]


Above average average bench

The Intel 530 Series 120GB averaged 33.1% 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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 101MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.8MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 31.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 530 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 112MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 128MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 4,877 samples)
Min Avg Max
305 Read 376 425
96.5 Write 128 144
146 Mixed 177 194
84.5 SusWrite 112 126
43.7% 198 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.9 4K Read 28.8 36.8
32.1 4K Write 77.1 110
19.3 4K Mixed 32 41.1
126% 46 MB/s
Min Avg Max
82 DQ Read 176 204
82.9 DQ Write 122 142
32.3 DQ Mixed 101 127
88.2% 133 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: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 102 99 114 123 120 120 MB/s
Read 358
Write 140
Mixed 185
SusWrite 113
44% 199 MB/s
4K Read 37
4K Write 97.7
4K Mixed 41.1
160% 58.6 MB/s
DQ Read 201
DQ Write 136
DQ Mixed 107
96% 148 MB/s
68GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 125 120 117 122 125 128 MB/s
Read 414
Write 140
Mixed 190
SusWrite 123
48% 217 MB/s
4K Read 34.9
4K Write 72.5
4K Mixed 36.2
138% 47.9 MB/s
DQ Read 49.7
DQ Write 118
DQ Mixed 114
78% 94 MB/s
29GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC22
SusWrite @10s intervals: 47 72 92 99 89 74 MB/s
Read 386
Write 109
Mixed 182
SusWrite 78.9
41% 189 MB/s
4K Read 30
4K Write 76.7
4K Mixed 34
130% 46.9 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 93.2
DQ Mixed 77.9
76% 124 MB/s
19GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 91 67 80 66 110 MB/s
Read 369
Write 133
Mixed 183
SusWrite 85.5
42% 192 MB/s
4K Read 28.1
4K Write 80.2
4K Mixed 32.8
127% 47 MB/s
DQ Read 201
DQ Write 94.2
DQ Mixed 104
88% 133 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,105,085 SSDs tested.


Approx. $122 @ launch in Sep '13
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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 8,957 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 50%
Desktop 68%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 48%

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER - $283

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 45% - Average Total price: $1,119

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Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. Memory: Intel Synchronous 20nm MLC

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3 months ago.

Preformed very poorly compared to other similar SSD from AMD


3 years ago.

My computer is average one and for that this disk is more then ok.

Very poor

5 years ago.

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