Average Bench: 66.6% (568th of 964)

Based on 5,586 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 33.3% 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 85.4MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 29.7%. 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 94.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 131MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,586 samples)
Min Avg Max
332 Read 405 438
102 Write 131 140
172 Mixed 194 206
41.8 SusWrite 94.7 135
45.3% 206 MB/s
Min Avg Max
16 4K Read 22.8 27
34.6 4K Write 85.4 112
19.4 4K Mixed 31.1 37.3
120% 46.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
138 DQ Read 240 260
88.3 DQ Write 122 139
36.8 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%
38GB free
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 137 129 125 135 135 MB/s
Read 434
Write 139
Mixed 202
SusWrite 133
50% 227 MB/s
4K Read 26.4
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 36.1
142% 55.9 MB/s
DQ Read 258
DQ Write 138
DQ Mixed 154
126% 183 MB/s
22GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 58 58 58 57 50 MB/s
Read 400
Write 139
Mixed 197
SusWrite 64.4
44% 200 MB/s
4K Read 22.6
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 31.6
133% 54.9 MB/s
DQ Read 260
DQ Write 99.3
DQ Mixed 88.4
89% 149 MB/s
93GB free
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 42 42 43 43 43 43 MB/s
Read 420
Write 42.7
Mixed 75.7
SusWrite 42.5
31% 145 MB/s
4K Read 26.6
4K Write 42.6
4K Mixed 27.6
98% 32.3 MB/s
DQ Read 260
DQ Write 42.6
DQ Mixed 68.4
71% 124 MB/s
61GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 120 120 127 127 128 122 MB/s
Read 337
Write 120
Mixed 67
SusWrite 124
36% 162 MB/s
4K Read 13.9
4K Write 39.2
4K Mixed 16.5
63% 23.2 MB/s
DQ Read 232
DQ Write 127
DQ Mixed 151
120% 170 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,664,924 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Mar '13
AmazonUS $15012 months
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 7,050 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 62%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 55%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 35%
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Motherboard: Asus B85M-G - $80

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $654

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 Comments

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

Transformative performance...

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Poor

4 years ago.


Good

11 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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