Average Bench: 65.2% (695th of 1037)

Based on 11,595 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 34.7% 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 130MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 78.4MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 27.3%. 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 97.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 133MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 11,595 samples)
Min Avg Max
339 Read 403 436
118 Write 133 140
179 Mixed 195 206
46 SusWrite 97.7 137
45.6% 207 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.5 4K Read 22.4 26.3
29.1 4K Write 78.4 109
18.7 4K Mixed 30.1 36.5
114% 43.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
207 DQ Read 242 259
91.1 DQ Write 124 140
73.9 DQ Mixed 130 159
111% 166 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
15GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 75 79 75 66 107 MB/s
Read 430
Write 140
Mixed 208
SusWrite 82.2
47% 215 MB/s
4K Read 25.8
4K Write 99.2
4K Mixed 35.4
137% 53.5 MB/s
DQ Read 254
DQ Write 112
DQ Mixed 133
112% 166 MB/s
65GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 103 107 104 104 105 MB/s
Read 387
Write 101
Mixed 200
SusWrite 106
44% 198 MB/s
4K Read 21.1
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 29.7
127% 52.9 MB/s
DQ Read 260
DQ Write 131
DQ Mixed 143
120% 178 MB/s
89GB free
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 124 129 136 136 133 MB/s
Read 386
Write 108
Mixed 172
SusWrite 128
44% 199 MB/s
4K Read 18.9
4K Write 72
4K Mixed 30.7
106% 40.5 MB/s
DQ Read 230
DQ Write 129
DQ Mixed 153
121% 171 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 31,729,148 SSDs tested.


Approx. $79 @ launch in Mar '13
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 3,471 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 47%
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 37%
Jet ski

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $859

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

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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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