Average Bench: 66.5% (625th of 1000)

Based on 7,491 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 33.5% 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 126MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 83.9MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 28.3%. 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 97.8MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 132MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,491 samples)
Min Avg Max
345 Read 406 439
120 Write 132 139
180 Mixed 194 205
41.5 SusWrite 97.8 136
45.6% 208 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.7 4K Read 22.7 27.1
37 4K Write 83.9 113
18.8 4K Mixed 30.8 37.4
118% 45.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
142 DQ Read 239 260
82.6 DQ Write 123 139
35.7 DQ Mixed 126 158
108% 162 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
11GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 35 30 31 24 25 MB/s
Read 354
Write 137
Mixed 185
SusWrite 43
40% 180 MB/s
4K Read 22.8
4K Write 119
4K Mixed 32
138% 57.8 MB/s
DQ Read 254
DQ Write 86.4
DQ Mixed 116
100% 152 MB/s
9GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 127 97 107 112 112 MB/s
Read 388
Write 138
Mixed 195
SusWrite 114
46% 209 MB/s
4K Read 17.4
4K Write 100
4K Mixed 26.8
114% 48.1 MB/s
DQ Read 256
DQ Write 134
DQ Mixed 159
128% 183 MB/s
18GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 86 83 86 86 85 MB/s
Read 427
Write 139
Mixed 204
SusWrite 90.7
47% 215 MB/s
4K Read 23.4
4K Write 66.8
4K Mixed 30.5
110% 40.2 MB/s
DQ Read 236
DQ Write 138
DQ Mixed 123
109% 166 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 14,382,721 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Mar '13
AmazonUS $15018 months
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 10,180 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 62%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $80

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $628

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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

17 months 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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