Average Bench: 55.9% (563rd of 853)

Based on 8,061 user benchmarks.  Models: M4-CT128M4SSD2, M4-CT128 M4-CT128M4SSD2, M4-CT128 M4SSD2, M4-CT128M4SSD1, M4-CT128 M4SSD1

The 128GB Crucial M4 is almost three years old, an extremely long time in SSD land. With peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 500/194 and 429/185 the 128GB M4 matches the group leaders at reading but lags by 60% at writing. Comparing the 128GB and 256GB versions of the M4 shows that the two drives have a very similar performance profile. This suggests that both drives have the same number of NAND channels which bodes well for the smaller capacity drive as a lot of other drives exhibit slower writes speeds in the smaller capacity varieties. Small file 4k peak and average read/write speeds measured at 27/87 and 21/52 MB/s which is only 13% below the average of the nine user voted group leaders. Considering its age the M4 is a very impressive drive but there is far better value for money available in today's market[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Average average bench

The Crucial M4 128GB averaged 44.0% 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 Random Write Speed 65.5MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 22.5MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M4 128GB is 23.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Crucial M4 128GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 7.12MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 5.81MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,061 samples)
Min Avg Max
368 Read 468 501
176 Write 188 194
197 Mixed 261 280
67% 306 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.8 4K Read 22.5 28.7
32.9 4K Write 65.5 105
4.12 4K Mixed 5.81 9.67
76.3% 31.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21 DQ Read 99.3 269
55.7 DQ Write 105 167
3.71 DQ Mixed 7.12 13.8
31.6% 70.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
119GB free
Firmware: 0309 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 500
Write 190
Mixed 276
71% 322 MB/s
4K Read 29.5
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 9.67
111% 47 MB/s
DQ Read 299
DQ Write 135
DQ Mixed 14.2
64% 149 MB/s
57GB free
Firmware: 070H Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 489
Write 190
Mixed 276
70% 318 MB/s
4K Read 26.9
4K Write 90
4K Mixed 2.27
91% 39.7 MB/s
DQ Read 130
DQ Write 104
DQ Mixed 4.5
34% 79.5 MB/s
49GB free
Firmware: 070H Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 494
Write 182
Mixed 266
69% 314 MB/s
4K Read 21.5
4K Write 63.9
4K Mixed 6.03
74% 30.5 MB/s
DQ Read 94.2
DQ Write 107
DQ Mixed 7.45
31% 69.5 MB/s
74GB free
Firmware: 040H Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 490
Write 186
Mixed 270
69% 315 MB/s
4K Read 19.5
4K Write 59.2
4K Mixed 5.65
68% 28.1 MB/s
DQ Read 122
DQ Write 113
DQ Mixed 6.51
35% 80.4 MB/s
19GB free
Firmware: 040H Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 492
Write 192
Mixed 280
70% 321 MB/s
4K Read 21
4K Write 58.8
4K Mixed 4.2
68% 28 MB/s
DQ Read 0.01
DQ Write 109
DQ Mixed 7.25
20% 38.6 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 3,339,136 SSDs tested.

Typical M4 128GB Builds (Compare 7,046 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $260

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $1,229

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 Comments

Controller: Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2. Flash Memory: Micron Synchronous 25nm MLC.

Consistently fast speeds. No exceptions and no fine print...

Added 3 years ago.

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2 months ago.

Upgraded to the M4 on my 9yr. old HHD pc about 2.5 yrs. ago and the slow pc boots in 11 seconds. Newer SSDs are now available at better values. Bottom line, update your HHD to SSD and squeeze more life out of old pcs.


Good

14 months ago.

I have this drive in my PC still going strong after 2 years but am thinking of getting Samsung.


Good

1 month ago.

My one is great. Only con is the 5200-hour bug (you have to upgrade the firmware).


Very poor

3 years ago.


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