Average Bench: 63.1% (568th of 955)

Based on 5,462 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 36.8% 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 74.7MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 21.5MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 29.6%. 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 98.4MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 133MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,462 samples)
Min Avg Max
368 Read 458 499
126 Write 133 139
145 Mixed 193 214
48 SusWrite 98.4 136
48.3% 221 MB/s
Min Avg Max
13.9 4K Read 21.5 26.9
26.8 4K Write 74.7 112
11 4K Mixed 23.1 35.8
102% 39.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.6 DQ Read 182 258
68.7 DQ Write 117 138
11.8 DQ Mixed 58.8 155
68.3% 119 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
88GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 132 132 135 135 135 MB/s
Read 434
Write 136
Mixed 202
SusWrite 134
50% 226 MB/s
4K Read 25.1
4K Write 84.3
4K Mixed 33.7
126% 47.7 MB/s
DQ Read 251
DQ Write 136
DQ Mixed 157
126% 181 MB/s
112GB free
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 134 133 134 134 135 MB/s
Read 426
Write 135
Mixed 200
SusWrite 134
49% 224 MB/s
4K Read 24.4
4K Write 86.2
4K Mixed 33.2
125% 47.9 MB/s
DQ Read 253
DQ Write 136
DQ Mixed 158
127% 182 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,569,776 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Mar '13
AmazonUS $1508 months
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 15,428 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 53%
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Desktop 48%
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Workstation
Workstation 37%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $608

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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

7 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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