Average Bench: 67.5% (627th of 1011)

Based on 3,882 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]

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Above average average bench

The Intel 530 Series 120GB averaged 32.5% 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 101MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 29MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 31.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 530 Series 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 112MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 129MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,882 samples)
Min Avg Max
310 Read 373 420
98.4 Write 129 144
138 Mixed 175 194
84.9 SusWrite 112 126
43.5% 198 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.3 4K Read 29 36.3
31.8 4K Write 78.8 108
20.2 4K Mixed 32.9 40.7
128% 46.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
66 DQ Read 175 205
88.7 DQ Write 122 141
33.7 DQ Mixed 101 127
88.4% 133 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
41GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 106 116 117 118 115 101 MB/s
Read 343
Write 106
Mixed 176
SusWrite 112
41% 184 MB/s
4K Read 23
4K Write 50.3
4K Mixed 29.7
100% 34.3 MB/s
DQ Read 197
DQ Write 140
DQ Mixed 118
102% 152 MB/s
10GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 88 83 62 92 98 MB/s
Read 374
Write 132
Mixed 137
SusWrite 87.3
40% 183 MB/s
4K Read 22.5
4K Write 66.6
4K Mixed 29.7
107% 39.6 MB/s
DQ Read 146
DQ Write 104
DQ Mixed 104
83% 118 MB/s
16GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 117 118 113 109 109 105 MB/s
Read 348
Write 126
Mixed 174
SusWrite 112
42% 190 MB/s
4K Read 13.9
4K Write 36.7
4K Mixed 18.3
64% 23 MB/s
DQ Read 204
DQ Write 112
DQ Mixed 116
97% 144 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,664,288 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $122 @ launch in Sep '13
BHPhotoUS $893 years
AmazonUS $19515 mins
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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 8,513 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 48%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER - $283

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 44% - Average Total price: $1,119

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 Comments

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

Loose the lag, loose the minutes...

Added 5 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

Preformed very poorly compared to other similar SSD from AMD


Poor

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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