Average Bench: 65.7% (711th of 1057)

Based on 14,387 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]

Above average average bench

The Crucial M500 120GB averaged 34.2% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 131MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 79.1MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 29.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Crucial M500 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 103MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 132MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 14,387 samples)
Min Avg Max
333 Read 403 438
119 Write 132 141
177 Mixed 196 207
44.1 SusWrite 103 137
45.8% 208 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.4 4K Read 22.4 26.6
29.9 4K Write 79.1 110
17.9 4K Mixed 30.3 36.6
115% 43.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
181 DQ Read 241 259
86.2 DQ Write 125 140
69.8 DQ Mixed 131 160
111% 166 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
31GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 125 63 59 60 60 59 MB/s
Read 426
Write 138
Mixed 205
SusWrite 70.8
46% 210 MB/s
4K Read 26.1
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 36.6
145% 58 MB/s
DQ Read 259
DQ Write 118
DQ Mixed 93.8
95% 157 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 44,075,775 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $79 @ launch in Mar '13
AmazonUS $1503 years
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 6,506 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 GAMING (MS-7821) - $242

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 50% - Above average Total price: $1,192

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 Comments

Controller: Marvell 88SS9187. Flash Memory: Micron Synchronous 20nm MLC

Transformative performance...

Added 7 years ago.

Poor

7 years ago.


Good

3 years ago.

It's absolutley good enough of an SSD if you mainly just want your operating system on it. Haven't had any problems with it during my 3 years with it.


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