Average Bench: 58.9% (686th of 970)

Based on 14,374 user benchmarks.  Models: M4-CT128M4SSD2, M4-CT128 M4-CT128M4SSD2, M4-CT128 M4SSD2, M4-CT128M4SSD1, M4-CT128 M4SSD1

The 128GB Crucial M4 is almost three years old, an extremely long time in SSD land. With peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 500/194 and 429/185 the 128GB M4 matches the group leaders at reading but lags by 60% at writing. Comparing the 128GB and 256GB versions of the M4 shows that the two drives have a very similar performance profile. This suggests that both drives have the same number of NAND channels which bodes well for the smaller capacity drive as a lot of other drives exhibit slower writes speeds in the smaller capacity varieties. Small file 4k peak and average read/write speeds measured at 27/87 and 21/52 MB/s which is only 13% below the average of the nine user voted group leaders. Considering its age the M4 is a very impressive drive but there is far better value for money available in today's market[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Average average bench

The Crucial M4 128GB averaged 41.1% 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 73.4MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.2MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M4 128GB is 28.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Crucial M4 128GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 142MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 179MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 14,374 samples)
Min Avg Max
331 Read 427 475
142 Write 179 195
185 Mixed 216 234
67 SusWrite 142 192
53.3% 241 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.4 4K Read 24.2 29.3
28.9 4K Write 73.4 106
11 4K Mixed 14.8 18
94.5% 37.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
26.6 DQ Read 143 294
88.5 DQ Write 119 173
15.7 DQ Mixed 32.7 58.2
51.3% 98.3 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
119GB free
Firmware: 000F
SusWrite @10s intervals: 180 196 196 196 195 195 MB/s
Read 458
Write 188
Mixed 225
SusWrite 193
59% 266 MB/s
4K Read 29
4K Write 86.6
4K Mixed 15.3
109% 43.6 MB/s
DQ Read 98.7
DQ Write 86.9
DQ Mixed 29.3
39% 71.6 MB/s
78GB free
Firmware: 070H
SusWrite @10s intervals: 192 174 179 193 193 191 MB/s
Read 445
Write 188
Mixed 222
SusWrite 187
58% 261 MB/s
4K Read 26.6
4K Write 85.6
4K Mixed 15.3
105% 42.5 MB/s
DQ Read 128
DQ Write 111
DQ Mixed 28.6
46% 89.3 MB/s
89GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 0309
SusWrite @10s intervals: 184 186 184 195 180 183 MB/s
Read 426
Write 183
Mixed 224
SusWrite 185
56% 255 MB/s
4K Read 22.3
4K Write 49.9
4K Mixed 16.6
82% 29.6 MB/s
DQ Read 134
DQ Write 114
DQ Mixed 57.2
61% 102 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 10,231,138 SSDs tested.

Typical M4 128GB Builds (Compare 10,147 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $167

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $833

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 Comments

Controller: Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2. Flash Memory: Micron Synchronous 25nm MLC

Consistently fast speeds. No exceptions and no fine print...

Added 4 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

19 months ago.

Upgraded to the M4 on my 9yr. old HHD pc about 2.5 yrs. ago and the slow pc boots in 11 seconds. Newer SSDs are now available at better values. Bottom line, update your HHD to SSD and squeeze more life out of old pcs.


Good

2 years ago.

I have this drive in my PC still going strong after 2 years but am thinking of getting Samsung.


Good

17 months ago.

My one is great. Only con is the 5200-hour bug (you have to upgrade the firmware).


Very poor

4 years ago.


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