Average Bench: 67.5% (612th of 1003)

Based on 5,307 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 32.4% 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 104MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 29.2MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 29%. 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 131MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 5,307 samples)
Min Avg Max
309 Read 374 426
103 Write 131 145
141 Mixed 175 193
82.8 SusWrite 112 126
43.7% 198 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.6 4K Read 29.2 36.5
41.8 4K Write 78.2 109
22.8 4K Mixed 32.7 40.6
128% 46.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
109 DQ Read 178 204
88.3 DQ Write 122 141
51.7 DQ Mixed 104 127
90% 135 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
19GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 103 106 107 107 104 112 MB/s
Read 410
Write 133
Mixed 166
SusWrite 107
45% 204 MB/s
4K Read 35.9
4K Write 99
4K Mixed 40.8
159% 58.6 MB/s
DQ Read 198
DQ Write 100
DQ Mixed 100
87% 133 MB/s
46GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 104 127 106 116 108 MB/s
Read 365
Write 131
Mixed 168
SusWrite 111
43% 194 MB/s
4K Read 32.1
4K Write 78.7
4K Mixed 35.6
136% 48.8 MB/s
DQ Read 168
DQ Write 125
DQ Mixed 94.8
85% 129 MB/s
8GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC22
SusWrite @10s intervals: 70 74 95 67 81 78 MB/s
Read 398
Write 116
Mixed 155
SusWrite 77.5
41% 187 MB/s
4K Read 19.2
4K Write 94.8
4K Mixed 28.3
116% 47.4 MB/s
DQ Read 130
DQ Write 116
DQ Mixed 77.2
70% 108 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,791,568 SSDs tested.


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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 39,702 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 36%
Jet ski
Desktop 54%
Workstation 23%

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $544

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

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20 months ago.

Preformed very poorly compared to other similar SSD from AMD


2 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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