Average Bench: 63.1% (445th of 853)

Based on 3,436 user benchmarks.  Models: Crucial_CT120M500SSD1, Crucial_ CT120M500SSD1, Crucial_ CT120M500SSD, Crucial_ Crucial_CT120M50, Crucial_CT120M50

The 120GB M500 is successor to the phenomenally successful Crucial M4. The M500 was poised to win loyal M4 customers but as it turns out the new M500 is worse for typical consumer use than the now nearly three years old M4. There are some cosmetic performance improvements over the M4 but they are purely synthetic. For example, deep queue speeds are significantly improved and the newer M500 handles mixed IO far better. Consumers require decent sequential read/write speeds which average 435/185 MB/s on the M4 vs 395/134 MB/s on the M500! Other manufacturers have come leaps and bounds over the last three years which has raised the performance bar is several notches. In today's market the new M500 simply cannot compete on performance, it doesn't even come close to the likes of the Samsung Evo or OCZ Vector 150. The M500, however, is one of the cheapest mainstream SSDs available at this time but it's easy to justify spending just a little more for a lot more performance. [Feb '14 SSDrivePro]


Above average average bench

The Crucial M500 120GB averaged 36.8% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 76.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 480MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 28%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Crucial M500 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Write Speed 134MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 30.1MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 3,436 samples)
Min Avg Max
378 Read 480 500
128 Write 134 139
133 Mixed 190 214
58.2% 268 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.6 4K Read 21.7 26.8
28.6 4K Write 76.7 110
11.2 4K Mixed 20.7 27.8
100% 39.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.6 DQ Read 154 256
55.9 DQ Write 114 137
10.2 DQ Mixed 30.1 42.1
50.6% 99.1 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2GB free
Firmware: MU02 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 498
Write 133
Mixed 145
56% 259 MB/s
4K Read 24.2
4K Write 62.3
4K Mixed 23.4
100% 36.6 MB/s
DQ Read 218
DQ Write 105
DQ Mixed 41.4
63% 122 MB/s
9GB free
Firmware: MU02 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 488
Write 130
Mixed 182
58% 266 MB/s
4K Read 21.2
4K Write 60
4K Mixed 23.1
94% 34.8 MB/s
DQ Read 225
DQ Write 124
DQ Mixed 36
64% 128 MB/s
69GB free
Firmware: MU05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 483
Write 133
Mixed 192
58% 270 MB/s
4K Read 15.1
4K Write 31
4K Mixed 17.2
61% 21.1 MB/s
DQ Read 233
DQ Write 121
DQ Mixed 33.7
63% 129 MB/s
90GB free
Firmware: MU05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 478
Write 135
Mixed 211
60% 275 MB/s
4K Read 20.1
4K Write 59.2
4K Mixed 13.4
79% 30.9 MB/s
DQ Read 21.9
DQ Write 93.1
DQ Mixed 13.5
23% 42.8 MB/s
27GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 473
Write 138
Mixed 173
57% 261 MB/s
4K Read 19.5
4K Write 48.6
4K Mixed 10.8
69% 26.3 MB/s
DQ Read 18.9
DQ Write 128
DQ Mixed 27.3
35% 58.2 MB/s
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Gaming 54%
Desktop 49%
Workstation 38%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $709

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