Average Bench: 57.2% (669th of 955)

Based on 12,251 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 42.7% 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 70.6MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 23.2MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M4 128GB is 25.2%. 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 19.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 143MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,251 samples)
Min Avg Max
354 Read 445 497
163 Write 185 194
190 Mixed 237 278
68.1 SusWrite 143 192
55.8% 252 MB/s
Min Avg Max
16.1 4K Read 23.2 29.2
35.7 4K Write 70.6 106
4.35 4K Mixed 10.5 17.1
85.8% 34.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.3 DQ Read 117 278
58.5 DQ Write 110 168
4.32 DQ Mixed 19.8 57.4
40.6% 82.2 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
21GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 0309
SusWrite @10s intervals: 116 70 77 83 71 33 MB/s
Read 456
Write 192
Mixed 227
SusWrite 75
52% 237 MB/s
4K Read 24.3
4K Write 99.8
4K Mixed 17.6
112% 47.2 MB/s
DQ Read 135
DQ Write 118
DQ Mixed 58
62% 104 MB/s
13GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 000F
SusWrite @10s intervals: 184 184 110 67 70 64 MB/s
Read 436
Write 193
Mixed 230
SusWrite 113
54% 243 MB/s
4K Read 21.9
4K Write 51.8
4K Mixed 14.5
79% 29.4 MB/s
DQ Read 140
DQ Write 120
DQ Mixed 29.3
50% 96.5 MB/s
37GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 000F
SusWrite @10s intervals: 149 151 162 129 155 149 MB/s
Read 404
Write 169
Mixed 202
SusWrite 149
51% 231 MB/s
4K Read 16.8
4K Write 44.4
4K Mixed 11.2
63% 24.1 MB/s
DQ Read 139
DQ Write 120
DQ Mixed 28.7
49% 95.6 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,531,488 SSDs tested.

Typical M4 128GB Builds (Compare 9,997 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 - $167

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $938

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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 4 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

14 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

2 years ago.

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


Good

13 months ago.

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


Very poor

4 years ago.


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