Average Bench: 67.3% (556th of 964)

Based on 3,922 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]

ADVERTISEMENT

Above average average bench

The Intel 530 Series 120GB averaged 32.7% 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 101MB/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 29.9%. 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 114MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 128MB/s
ADVERTISEMENT

Average Bench

(Based on 3,922 samples)
Min Avg Max
303 Read 373 424
93.4 Write 128 145
136 Mixed 175 195
88.6 SusWrite 114 128
43.4% 197 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.1 4K Read 29.2 37.2
35.4 4K Write 77.6 108
19 4K Mixed 32.5 41.4
127% 46.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.9 DQ Read 176 204
85.2 DQ Write 121 142
31.3 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%
48GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 112 120 125 122 123 MB/s
Read 384
Write 129
Mixed 185
SusWrite 120
45% 204 MB/s
4K Read 29.5
4K Write 90.9
4K Mixed 37.2
140% 52.5 MB/s
DQ Read 204
DQ Write 125
DQ Mixed 82.2
83% 137 MB/s
66GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 108 130 127 129 129 131 MB/s
Read 402
Write 143
Mixed 189
SusWrite 126
47% 215 MB/s
4K Read 29.5
4K Write 77
4K Mixed 36.6
132% 47.7 MB/s
DQ Read 203
DQ Write 139
DQ Mixed 114
100% 152 MB/s
56GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 109 100 101 112 107 MB/s
Read 371
Write 112
Mixed 148
SusWrite 104
40% 184 MB/s
4K Read 26.3
4K Write 56.4
4K Mixed 33.1
112% 38.6 MB/s
DQ Read 201
DQ Write 120
DQ Mixed 70.5
77% 131 MB/s
73GB free
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 115 126 127 127 129 MB/s
Read 301
Write 139
Mixed 188
SusWrite 125
42% 188 MB/s
4K Read 25.9
4K Write 67.7
4K Mixed 22.3
104% 38.6 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 146
DQ Mixed 37.2
65% 128 MB/s
3,922 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,548,135 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $122 @ launch in Sep '13
BHPhotoUS $892 years
AmazonUS $19016 hrs
Send price feedback
Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 6,968 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 62%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 55%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $80

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 78% - Very good Total price: $596

Popular 530 Series 120GB compatible motherboards:

How Fast Is Your SSD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build.
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware.
  • - Share your opinion by voting.
Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) November 2018 SSD Rankings.

Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.

 Comments

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

Loose the lag, loose the minutes...

Added 4 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

12 months ago.

Preformed very poorly compared to other similar SSD from AMD


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Very poor

4 years ago.


Your
opinion?
964 Drives (Compared) Thousands of user benchmarks compiled into one comparison list.

See how consistently different SSDs perform with varying real world conditions. The charts also illustrate overall performance, popularity and rank.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i7-8700K $359Nvidia GTX 1070 $330Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $85
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $130Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $243Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $106
Intel Core i5-8600K $237AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $100
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $130SanDisk Extreme 64GB $43
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $869SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $130SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
Today's hottest deals
User Guide  •  About  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer Feedback