Intel 120GB 530 Series SSD Linux Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 7 November 2014. Page 4 of 4. 7 Comments

The 120GB Intel MLC SSD was at the bottom of the pact for FS-Mark in a single-threaded configuration, which was even lower than the OCZ SOLID 2.

The Intel SSD does a little bit better when it comes to running FS-Mark with four threads.

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The 120GB Intel 530 Series SSD (SSDSC2BW120A4K5) simply performed okay in our tests. This low-cost MLC 120GB SSD is by no means the fastest solid-state drive out there and in some of the tests was even outperformed by an old OCZ SOLID 2 MLC SATA 2.0 drive. While in a single-drive configuration it's nothing to cheer about, it's price is reasonably for a 120GB drive at $70~80 USD. With the low-cost is what I was after when buying four of these for carrying out the recent RAID 0/1/5/6/10 benchmarks with a variety of Linux file-systems. While they're not the fastest drives, they're low-cost and backed by a five-year Intel warranty. You'll see these disk drives in more Linux RAID benchmarks going forward.

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