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In all cases, the SSDs were in the same state before each test, ensuring an even playing field. The performance of mechanical hard drives is much more consistent between factory fresh and used states, so we skipped wiping the HDDs before Crucial M500 SSD test—mechanical drives take forever to secure erase.


We run all Crucial M500 SSD tests at least three times and report the median of the results. We've found IOMeter performance can fall off with SSDs after the first couple of runs, so we use five runs for solid-state drives and throw out the first two.

Steps have been taken to ensure that Sandy Bridge's power-saving features don't taint any of our results. All of the CPU's low-power states have been disabled, effectively pegging the K at 3.

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Transitioning in and out of different power states can affect the performance of storage benchmarks, especially when dealing with short burst transfers. While the Crucial model has a branding sticker, the Micron is bare. Crucial M500 SSD Opening Crucial M500 SSD the Crucial M is really simple and is done by removing four screws. With the casing removed, the circuit also has four screws that when taken out provide full viewing access.

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That results in GB of capacity, though the drive provides GB. The difference comes from Crucial erring on the side of caution by adding reliability in case of a failed NAND.

Micron has already been Crucial M500 SSD this feature into existing Micron enterprise SSDs, with this marking their first introduction of it into a Crucial SSD. This NAND die selection is part of what enables Micron to offer their drives at such Crucial M500 SSD solid price point, and it also enables them to increase the density of the drives, yielding very high capacity models.

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The comparables used Crucial M500 SSD this review include: Write speed improved over the m4 and Plextor M5S, although it still trailed some of the faster mainstream models. Write speed measured 6, IOPS, which ranked towards the lower middle of the pack.

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Comparing average write latency between each mainstream consumer SSD, the Crucial M ranked middle of the pack with a time of 0. Our last series of synthetic benchmarks compare the hard drives in a series of server mixed-workloads with a queue depth of ranging from 1 to In all of our mixed workloads the Crucial M ranked middle of the pack except the Crucial M500 SSD Server profile where it trailed behind all except the m4 and Intel SSD with incompressible data.

Our web server profile is read-only with a spread of transfer sizes from byte to KB. Consumer Real-World Benchmarks For the average consumer, trying to translate random 4K write speeds into an everyday situation is pretty difficult.

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It helps when comparing drives in every setting possible, but it doesn't Crucial M500 SSD work out into faster everyday usage or better game loading times. For this reason we turned to our StorageMark traces, which include HTPC, Productivity, and Gaming traces to help readers find out how a drive might rank under their conditions. The first real-life test is our HTPC scenario. In this test we include: In this trace we recorded 2,MB being written to the drive and 1,MB being read.

Our second real-life test covers disk activity in a productivity scenario. For all intents and purposes this test shows drive performance under normal daily activity for most users.


Learn more about the Crucial M SSD (legacy product) including product features and specifications. Buy our full range of Solid State Drives online.

As the highly-anticipated successor to the award-winning Crucial m4 SSD, the Crucial M SSD expands upon its predecessor in several powerful ways and.

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