Average Bench: 61.6% (770th of 1058)

Based on 1,562 user benchmarks.  Models: INTEL SSDSC2CW480A3, INTEL SSDSC2CW480A, INTEL SSDSC2CW48, INTE SSDSC2CW480A3

Above average average bench

The Intel 520 Series 480GB averaged 38.3% 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 132MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 27.7MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel 520 Series 480GB is 20.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel 520 Series 480GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 19.7MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 98.5MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,562 samples)
Min Avg Max
311 Read 404 462
172 Write 245 307
218 Mixed 273 328
156 SusWrite 217 270
63.6% 285 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.6 4K Read 27.7 34.4
13.8 4K Write 19.7 23.9
16.5 4K Mixed 23.1 28.2
82.1% 23.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
171 DQ Read 216 234
63.2 DQ Write 98.5 113
80.8 DQ Mixed 132 151
105% 149 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
225GB free
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 220 251 284 292 291 292 MB/s
Read 484
Write 317
Mixed 321
SusWrite 272
78% 348 MB/s
4K Read 33.5
4K Write 25
4K Mixed 29.4
102% 29.3 MB/s
DQ Read 233
DQ Write 103
DQ Mixed 146
114% 160 MB/s
127GB free
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 267 212 226 221 225 208 MB/s
Read 454
Write 217
Mixed 249
SusWrite 227
64% 287 MB/s
4K Read 32.1
4K Write 21.8
4K Mixed 26.6
94% 26.8 MB/s
DQ Read 229
DQ Write 108
DQ Mixed 134
109% 157 MB/s
27GB free
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 212 203 199 205 200 236 MB/s
Read 423
Write 272
Mixed 299
SusWrite 209
67% 301 MB/s
4K Read 33
4K Write 24.1
4K Mixed 28.1
99% 28.4 MB/s
DQ Read 229
DQ Write 89.3
DQ Mixed 142
110% 153 MB/s
91GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 224 233 255 251 260 212 MB/s
Read 449
Write 250
Mixed 299
SusWrite 239
69% 309 MB/s
4K Read 24.4
4K Write 17.6
4K Mixed 21.5
74% 21.2 MB/s
DQ Read 229
DQ Write 103
DQ Mixed 153
117% 162 MB/s
55GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 400i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 205 161 149 173 177 212 MB/s
Read 338
Write 237
Mixed 265
SusWrite 179
57% 255 MB/s
4K Read 28
4K Write 20.3
4K Mixed 23.8
84% 24 MB/s
DQ Read 197
DQ Write 104
DQ Mixed 138
106% 146 MB/s
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Typical 520 Series 480GB Builds (Compare 38,488 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 64%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 42% - Average Total price: $546

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