Average Bench: 65.8% (716th of 1058)

Based on 14,774 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 34.1% 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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 135MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 78.3MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 27.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Crucial M500 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 105MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 133MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 14,774 samples)
Min Avg Max
339 Read 404 438
120 Write 133 140
179 Mixed 195 206
49.5 SusWrite 105 136
46% 209 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.6 4K Read 22.5 26.5
28.4 4K Write 78.3 108
18.6 4K Mixed 30.2 36.4
114% 43.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
201 DQ Read 243 259
91.8 DQ Write 127 140
67.9 DQ Mixed 135 159
114% 168 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
42GB free
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 133 131 132 130 132 MB/s
Read 419
Write 137
Mixed 200
SusWrite 129
49% 221 MB/s
4K Read 26.1
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 35.8
140% 55.1 MB/s
DQ Read 258
DQ Write 137
DQ Mixed 160
129% 185 MB/s
111GB free
Firmware: MU02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 130 132 131 132 132 132 MB/s
Read 435
Write 134
Mixed 200
SusWrite 132
50% 225 MB/s
4K Read 24.6
4K Write 89.4
4K Mixed 33.5
128% 49.2 MB/s
DQ Read 253
DQ Write 134
DQ Mixed 154
125% 180 MB/s
49GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 124 120 120 120 119 118 MB/s
Read 404
Write 136
Mixed 198
SusWrite 120
47% 215 MB/s
4K Read 22.3
4K Write 90.1
4K Mixed 33.9
125% 48.8 MB/s
DQ Read 253
DQ Write 122
DQ Mixed 151
122% 175 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 47,208,176 SSDs tested.


MSRP ≈ $79 @ launch in Mar '13
AmazonUS $1503 years
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 7,110 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 63%
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 49%

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 49% - Average Total price: $997

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

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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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