Average Bench: 59.2% (793rd of 1058)

Based on 34,457 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]

Average average bench

The Crucial M4 128GB averaged 40.7% 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 71.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 23.8MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M4 128GB is 32.8%. 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 183MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 34,457 samples)
Min Avg Max
340 Read 429 479
148 Write 183 195
182 Mixed 218 235
64.9 SusWrite 147 194
54% 244 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.6 4K Read 23.8 28.8
26.1 4K Write 71.2 105
10.6 4K Mixed 14.9 18.3
92.8% 36.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
27.3 DQ Read 156 297
84.9 DQ Write 124 175
16 DQ Mixed 34.5 58.4
54.6% 105 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
119GB free
Firmware: 070H
SusWrite @10s intervals: 186 188 198 189 199 198 MB/s
Read 438
Write 188
Mixed 223
SusWrite 193
58% 261 MB/s
4K Read 26.1
4K Write 83
4K Mixed 13.1
100% 40.7 MB/s
DQ Read 286
DQ Write 172
DQ Mixed 29.4
76% 162 MB/s
31GB free
Firmware: 040H
SusWrite @10s intervals: 158 175 184 178 143 122 MB/s
Read 441
Write 177
Mixed 218
SusWrite 160
55% 249 MB/s
4K Read 25.1
4K Write 77.1
4K Mixed 15
98% 39.1 MB/s
DQ Read 130
DQ Write 112
DQ Mixed 28.7
47% 90.1 MB/s
24GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 040H
SusWrite @10s intervals: 180 109 98 140 85 83 MB/s
Read 436
Write 190
Mixed 226
SusWrite 116
53% 242 MB/s
4K Read 23.8
4K Write 88.3
4K Mixed 10.6
96% 40.9 MB/s
DQ Read 126
DQ Write 110
DQ Mixed 29.5
46% 88.5 MB/s
18GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 070H
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 103 45 90 107 67 MB/s
Read 347
Write 179
Mixed 202
SusWrite 85
45% 203 MB/s
4K Read 20.8
4K Write 47.7
4K Mixed 13.4
74% 27.3 MB/s
DQ Read 27.3
DQ Write 107
DQ Mixed 16.1
27% 50 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 47,208,176 SSDs tested.

Typical M4 128GB Builds (Compare 8,200 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $183

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 41% - Average Total price: $754

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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 7 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

4 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

5 years ago.

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


Good

4 years ago.

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


Very poor

7 years ago.


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