Average Bench: 65.9% (660th of 1012)

Based on 10,126 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]

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Above average average bench

The Crucial M500 120GB averaged 34.0% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 128MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 82.3MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 29.5%. 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 96.1MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 133MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,126 samples)
Min Avg Max
329 Read 403 438
114 Write 133 140
178 Mixed 194 206
45.2 SusWrite 96.1 136
45.4% 206 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.5 4K Read 22.5 26.8
31.8 4K Write 82.3 113
19 4K Mixed 30.9 37.3
117% 45.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
102 DQ Read 234 260
88.8 DQ Write 124 140
56.7 DQ Mixed 128 159
109% 162 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
12GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 100 95 87 79 70 MB/s
Read 437
Write 141
Mixed 208
SusWrite 90.9
48% 219 MB/s
4K Read 25.3
4K Write 90.7
4K Mixed 34.4
130% 50.1 MB/s
DQ Read 235
DQ Write 136
DQ Mixed 136
115% 169 MB/s
87GB free
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 140 139 140 140 141 139 MB/s
Read 391
Write 141
Mixed 198
SusWrite 140
48% 217 MB/s
4K Read 20.6
4K Write 94.2
4K Mixed 33.7
124% 49.5 MB/s
DQ Read 254
DQ Write 142
DQ Mixed 156
127% 184 MB/s
67GB free
Firmware: MU02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 131 131 132 132 132 MB/s
Read 420
Write 131
Mixed 198
SusWrite 131
48% 220 MB/s
4K Read 19.5
4K Write 45.3
4K Mixed 24.4
85% 29.7 MB/s
DQ Read 215
DQ Write 131
DQ Mixed 131
109% 159 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,095,342 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Mar '13
AmazonUS $1502 years
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 12,977 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 52%
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Desktop
Desktop 55%
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Workstation
Workstation 33%
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Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $80

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 42% - Average Total price: $704

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 Comments

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

Transformative performance...

Added 5 years ago.

Poor

5 years ago.


Good

2 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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