Average Bench: 67.3% (671st of 1040)

Based on 8,762 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 32.7% 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 106MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.7MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 530 Series 120GB is 27.9%. 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 115MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 130MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,762 samples)
Min Avg Max
313 Read 374 422
96.1 Write 130 148
147 Mixed 179 196
83.2 SusWrite 115 126
44% 200 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.2 4K Read 28.7 36.4
38.5 4K Write 75.8 105
21.6 4K Mixed 32.6 40.6
125% 45.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
121 DQ Read 187 204
89.2 DQ Write 123 143
59.4 DQ Mixed 106 128
92.3% 139 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
28GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC32
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 119 112 104 106 101 MB/s
Read 422
Write 135
Mixed 145
SusWrite 107
44% 202 MB/s
4K Read 33.2
4K Write 99.8
4K Mixed 35.1
148% 56 MB/s
DQ Read 200
DQ Write 140
DQ Mixed 102
95% 148 MB/s
21GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC22
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 127 129 130 134 125 MB/s
Read 377
Write 141
Mixed 182
SusWrite 126
46% 207 MB/s
4K Read 26.3
4K Write 50.8
4K Mixed 30.4
106% 35.8 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 134
DQ Mixed 111
98% 149 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 32,765,331 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $122 @ launch in Sep '13
BHPhotoUS $894 years
AmazonUS $13915 mins
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Typical 530 Series 120GB Builds (Compare 20,986 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 48% - Average Total price: $144

Popular 530 Series 120GB systems:

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 Comments

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

Loose the lag, loose the minutes...

Added 6 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

14 months ago.

Preformed very poorly compared to other similar SSD from AMD


Very poor

6 years ago.


Poor

4 years ago.

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


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