Average Bench: 60% (742nd of 1016)

Based on 19,213 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 40.0% 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 74.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.7MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M4 128GB is 27.6%. 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 147MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 182MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,213 samples)
Min Avg Max
337 Read 434 478
146 Write 182 196
178 Mixed 219 236
69.3 SusWrite 147 193
54.2% 246 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.9 4K Read 24.7 29.3
39 4K Write 74.9 105
11 4K Mixed 15.1 18.9
96.3% 38.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
27.3 DQ Read 143 295
97.2 DQ Write 119 174
15.7 DQ Mixed 34.2 58.6
52% 98.7 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
60GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 000F
SusWrite @10s intervals: 148 176 196 189 187 172 MB/s
Read 468
Write 192
Mixed 227
SusWrite 178
59% 266 MB/s
4K Read 26.3
4K Write 97.8
4K Mixed 16.1
112% 46.7 MB/s
DQ Read 137
DQ Write 120
DQ Mixed 28.8
49% 95.2 MB/s
64GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 010G
SusWrite @10s intervals: 175 179 182 193 183 177 MB/s
Read 445
Write 191
Mixed 223
SusWrite 181
58% 260 MB/s
4K Read 25.8
4K Write 85.2
4K Mixed 15.4
104% 42.1 MB/s
DQ Read 133
DQ Write 112
DQ Mixed 29.5
48% 91.8 MB/s
78GB free
Firmware: 0309
SusWrite @10s intervals: 167 184 193 186 185 196 MB/s
Read 465
Write 188
Mixed 236
SusWrite 185
59% 269 MB/s
4K Read 24
4K Write 69.7
4K Mixed 17.6
96% 37.1 MB/s
DQ Read 114
DQ Write 88.8
DQ Mixed 56.7
54% 86.4 MB/s
119GB free
Firmware: 040H
SusWrite @10s intervals: 195 184 183 196 195 195 MB/s
Read 450
Write 190
Mixed 224
SusWrite 191
58% 264 MB/s
4K Read 22.6
4K Write 8.1
4K Mixed 10.4
52% 13.7 MB/s
DQ Read 104
DQ Write 6.1
DQ Mixed 12.2
20% 40.8 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,681,288 SSDs tested.

Typical M4 128GB Builds (Compare 17,220 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 58%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $183

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 37% - Below average Total price: $922

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Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

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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 5 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

2 years 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

3 years ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

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


Very poor

5 years ago.


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