Intel 120GB 530 Series SSD Linux Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 7 November 2014. Page 1 of 4. 7 Comments

In my recent articles doing RAID 0/1/5/6/10 benchmarking on Btrfs/EXT4/XFS/F2FS, I've been using four 120GB Intel 530 Series SSDs. I went with these four solid-state drives for getting a deal on them and having been pleased with numerous Intel SSDs I've used in the past and still running in a few Linux test systems, but how does the Intel 530 Series SSD on Linux compare to other modern solid-state drives? If you've been eyeing the SSDSC2BW12 SSDs, here's some fresh single-drive SSD benchmarks using Btrfs compared to drives from OCZ, Corsair, and Samsung.

The Intel SSDSC2BW120A4K5 is part of the company's 530 Series solid-state drives. The drive series is now nearly one year old, features sequential reads up to 540MB/s, sequential writes up to 480MB/s, 24000 IOPS for random reads, 80000 IOPS for random writes, 80us read latency, and 85us write latency.

The Intel 120GB SSD 530 Series is backed by a five-year warranty and is rated for a 1.2 million hour MTBF. The SSDSC2BW120A4K5 uses Intel's 20nm MLC flash memory. Originally the 120GB drive was retailing for just under $100 USD but recently can be found below $80 USD, which made getting four of these drives one of the most affordable choices for the Linux RAID 0/1/5/6/10 benchmarking.

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