Average Bench: 62.1% (466th of 850)

Based on 2,468 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 37.9% 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 74.3MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 475MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 28.6%. 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 29.8MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,468 samples)
Min Avg Max
370 Read 475 499
127 Write 134 139
135 Mixed 188 215
57.6% 265 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15 4K Read 21.4 26.9
29.5 4K Write 74.3 110
10.9 4K Mixed 20.4 27.8
97.9% 38.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.4 DQ Read 142 256
60.4 DQ Write 113 136
10.4 DQ Mixed 29.8 42.1
49% 95.2 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
14GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 490
Write 131
Mixed 173
57% 265 MB/s
4K Read 22.9
4K Write 79.7
4K Mixed 15.5
97% 39.4 MB/s
DQ Read 24.1
DQ Write 87.9
DQ Mixed 33.2
32% 48.4 MB/s
35GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 493
Write 131
Mixed 200
60% 275 MB/s
4K Read 19.5
4K Write 72.4
4K Mixed 13.2
85% 35 MB/s
DQ Read 21.9
DQ Write 64.2
DQ Mixed 39.1
31% 41.7 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,858,430 SSDs tested.

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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $83

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $623

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