Average Bench: 62.6% (529th of 921)

Based on 5,390 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 37.3% 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 75.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 476MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 27.4%. 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 135MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 29.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,390 samples)
Min Avg Max
373 Read 476 500
128 Write 135 139
150 Mixed 195 215
58.3% 268 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.5 4K Read 21.4 26.7
30.3 4K Write 75.7 108
10.7 4K Mixed 20.6 27.8
98.8% 39.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.7 DQ Read 150 257
51.7 DQ Write 113 137
9.78 DQ Mixed 29.7 42.2
49.8% 97.5 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
61GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 472
Write 133
Mixed 206
59% 270 MB/s
4K Read 23.3
4K Write 94.9
4K Mixed 15.2
105% 44.5 MB/s
DQ Read 24
DQ Write 131
DQ Mixed 15.2
30% 56.8 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 6,476,257 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Mar '13
AmazonUS $1505 months
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 13,424 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Desktop 49%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $697

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Controller: Marvell 88SS9187. Flash Memory: Micron Synchronous 20nm MLC.

Transformative performance...

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Poor

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4 months ago.

It's absolutley good enough of an SSD if you mainly just want your operating system on it. Haven't had any problems with it during my 3 years with it.


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