Average Bench: 63.7% (429th of 848)

Based on 2,399 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]

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Above average average bench

The Crucial M500 120GB averaged 36.2% 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 79.1MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 22.2MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 27.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Crucial M500 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 134MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 30.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,399 samples)
Min Avg Max
373 Read 478 499
129 Write 134 139
135 Mixed 188 215
57.8% 267 MB/s
Min Avg Max
16 4K Read 22.2 27
30.9 4K Write 79.1 111
11.6 4K Mixed 21 28
102% 40.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.4 DQ Read 153 257
58.1 DQ Write 114 136
10.7 DQ Mixed 30.2 42.1
50.5% 98.7 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
15GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 496
Write 136
Mixed 193
60% 275 MB/s
4K Read 25.1
4K Write 97.8
4K Mixed 26.8
124% 49.9 MB/s
DQ Read 254
DQ Write 127
DQ Mixed 41.7
71% 141 MB/s
1GB free
Firmware: MU05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 489
Write 137
Mixed 171
58% 266 MB/s
4K Read 17.8
4K Write 36.5
4K Mixed 11.2
61% 21.9 MB/s
DQ Read 18.5
DQ Write 38.4
DQ Mixed 11
13% 22.6 MB/s
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $80

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $628

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