Average Bench: 63.3% - 424th / 836

Based on 2,062 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 36.6% 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 77.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 21.9MB/s
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Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 28.7%. 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 30.5MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 2,062 samples)
Min Avg Max
420 Read 479 499
128 Write 134 139
138 Mixed 189 214
58% 267 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.2 4K Read 21.9 26.9
29 4K Write 77.9 111
11.5 4K Mixed 20.6 27.9
101% 40.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.7 DQ Read 153 257
54.9 DQ Write 113 137
9.96 DQ Mixed 30.5 42.1
50.7% 99.1 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
88GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 478
Write 133
Mixed 212
60% 274 MB/s
4K Read 25
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 26.8
127% 51.9 MB/s
DQ Read 250
DQ Write 134
DQ Mixed 39.3
70% 141 MB/s
79GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 484
Write 135
Mixed 209
60% 276 MB/s
4K Read 21.5
4K Write 93.1
4K Mixed 26
115% 46.8 MB/s
DQ Read 217
DQ Write 133
DQ Mixed 12.7
53% 121 MB/s
3GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 491
Write 136
Mixed 171
58% 266 MB/s
4K Read 21.5
4K Write 55.4
4K Mixed 24.4
93% 33.8 MB/s
DQ Read 184
DQ Write 103
DQ Mixed 41.4
58% 110 MB/s
63GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 494
Write 137
Mixed 208
61% 280 MB/s
4K Read 17.1
4K Write 70.3
4K Mixed 16.9
85% 34.8 MB/s
DQ Read 23.2
DQ Write 77
DQ Mixed 13.6
21% 37.9 MB/s

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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,130,604 SSDs tested.


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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 5,943 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 70%
Desktop 53%
Workstation 40%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $83

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $635

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