Average Bench: 58% (533rd of 853)

more Based on 3,665 user benchmarks.  Models: M4-CT256M4SSD2, M4-CT256M4SSD3, M4-CT256M4SSD1, M4-CT256 M4SSD2, M4-CT256 M4SSD1, M4-CT256 M4-CT256M4SSD2

The Crucial M4 is one of the oldest SSD's to have made it into the group test. When it was released its primary competitors were Sandforce based drives which suffered from two major problems: reliability and weak incompressible data performance. As a result this drive was one of the top drives of its time. That was back in Apr '11. Today the M4 is no longer able to compete and scores below average (377.9 MB/s) on the Real World Speed Index benchmark and way below average (676) on the deep queue depth orientated AS-SSD Total score benchmark. Of course these figures are still far faster than any mechanical hard drive and owners of this drive should feel in no hurry to upgrade. People looking to make a new purchase will find much better value elsewhere. [Apr '13 SSDrivePro]

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Average average bench

The Crucial M4 256GB averaged 42.0% 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 67.2MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 466MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M4 256GB is 23%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Crucial M4 256GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 5.68MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 5.24MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,665 samples)
Min Avg Max
339 Read 466 502
217 Write 248 267
202 Mixed 311 346
75.4% 342 MB/s
Min Avg Max
13.4 4K Read 18.8 23.3
28.9 4K Write 67.2 104
3.96 4K Mixed 5.24 6.89
70.8% 30.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
16.6 DQ Read 89.5 179
56.5 DQ Write 115 216
4.59 DQ Mixed 5.68 7.41
31.1% 70 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
44GB free
Firmware: 070H Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 493
Write 260
Mixed 340
80% 364 MB/s
4K Read 21.5
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 4.66
95% 44.2 MB/s
DQ Read 115
DQ Write 113
DQ Mixed 6.05
34% 78 MB/s
59GB free
Firmware: 040H Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 498
Write 252
Mixed 335
80% 362 MB/s
4K Read 23.7
4K Write 94.8
4K Mixed 4.36
92% 41 MB/s
DQ Read 116
DQ Write 108
DQ Mixed 5.96
34% 76.6 MB/s
35GB free
Firmware: 040H Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 484
Write 250
Mixed 330
78% 355 MB/s
4K Read 18.4
4K Write 80.6
4K Mixed 5.84
78% 34.9 MB/s
DQ Read 108
DQ Write 110
DQ Mixed 5.77
33% 74.6 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 3,339,136 SSDs tested.

Typical M4 256GB 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: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,331

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 Comments

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

AS SSD Read/Write bench: 242/314...

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Poor

7 months ago.

Very reliable and plenty fast.


Very poor

4 years ago.

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5 years ago.

The Corsair Performance Pro is better all round. Pros: The old champ. Cons: Out dated.


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