Average Bench: 65.3% (565th of 956)

Based on 5,307 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 34.7% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 126MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 80.8MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 29.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Crucial M500 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 98.2MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 136MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,307 samples)
Min Avg Max
329 Read 400 437
121 Write 136 140
177 Mixed 197 206
48.9 SusWrite 98.2 136
45.8% 208 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.4 4K Read 22.3 27
28.5 4K Write 80.8 114
19.5 4K Mixed 30.3 37.2
115% 44.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
55.7 DQ Read 233 259
78.8 DQ Write 123 140
38.7 DQ Mixed 126 158
107% 160 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
33GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 119 111 110 112 112 110 MB/s
Read 431
Write 136
Mixed 202
SusWrite 112
48% 220 MB/s
4K Read 27.5
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 39.6
156% 62.7 MB/s
DQ Read 257
DQ Write 131
DQ Mixed 39
70% 142 MB/s
92GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 138 137 137 137 137 137 MB/s
Read 399
Write 139
Mixed 198
SusWrite 137
48% 218 MB/s
4K Read 20.7
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 30.9
131% 54.9 MB/s
DQ Read 251
DQ Write 138
DQ Mixed 156
126% 182 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,570,448 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Mar '13
AmazonUS $15010 months
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 17,019 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Desktop 48%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $598

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 Comments

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

Transformative performance...

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Poor

4 years ago.


Good

9 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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