Average Bench: 59.7% (737th of 1011)

Based on 20,587 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 40.2% 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 74.5MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.4MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M4 128GB is 27.3%. 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 184MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 20,587 samples)
Min Avg Max
342 Read 434 477
154 Write 184 195
195 Mixed 220 236
59.2 SusWrite 147 193
54.4% 246 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.7 4K Read 24.4 29.3
34.4 4K Write 74.5 106
10.5 4K Mixed 14.9 18.3
95.6% 38 MB/s
Min Avg Max
27.7 DQ Read 142 294
90.6 DQ Write 118 173
15.5 DQ Mixed 33 58.4
51.2% 97.8 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
117GB free
Firmware: 0009
SusWrite @10s intervals: 188 183 186 198 197 197 MB/s
Read 428
Write 187
Mixed 225
SusWrite 191
57% 258 MB/s
4K Read 25.9
4K Write 71.1
4K Mixed 17.7
100% 38.2 MB/s
DQ Read 298
DQ Write 176
DQ Mixed 57.8
91% 177 MB/s
18GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 070H
SusWrite @10s intervals: 127 121 110 106 90 77 MB/s
Read 454
Write 189
Mixed 223
SusWrite 105
54% 243 MB/s
4K Read 25.8
4K Write 72.3
4K Mixed 15.8
98% 38 MB/s
DQ Read 125
DQ Write 109
DQ Mixed 29.8
46% 87.9 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,850,011 SSDs tested.

Typical M4 128GB Builds (Compare 16,269 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $167

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 40% - Below average Total price: $982

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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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  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.

 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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