Average Bench: 63% (438th of 848)

Based on 2,490 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 36.9% 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 76.7MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 21.8MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 28%. 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 29.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,490 samples)
Min Avg Max
370 Read 476 499
128 Write 134 139
139 Mixed 189 215
57.8% 266 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.7 4K Read 21.8 26.9
29.9 4K Write 76.7 111
11.2 4K Mixed 20.7 28.1
100% 39.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19 DQ Read 151 257
60.5 DQ Write 114 137
10.7 DQ Mixed 29.2 42.1
49.8% 98 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
41GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 474
Write 130
Mixed 199
58% 268 MB/s
4K Read 20.8
4K Write 80.2
4K Mixed 25.3
106% 42.1 MB/s
DQ Read 250
DQ Write 126
DQ Mixed 39.3
69% 138 MB/s
65GB free
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 489
Write 135
Mixed 209
60% 277 MB/s
4K Read 25.4
4K Write 99.6
4K Mixed 23
121% 49.3 MB/s
DQ Read 26.2
DQ Write 107
DQ Mixed 16.8
28% 50.1 MB/s
41GB free
Firmware: MU05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 309
Write 136
Mixed 188
46% 211 MB/s
4K Read 25
4K Write 86.3
4K Mixed 16
104% 42.5 MB/s
DQ Read 25.5
DQ Write 92.7
DQ Mixed 16.7
25% 45 MB/s
10GB free
Firmware: MU05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 473
Write 135
Mixed 162
56% 257 MB/s
4K Read 15.8
4K Write 28
4K Mixed 20.1
64% 21.3 MB/s
DQ Read 129
DQ Write 97.7
DQ Mixed 41.7
51% 89.5 MB/s
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AmazonUS $68.603 months ago.
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $80

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $614

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