Average Bench: 65.5% (650th of 1009)

Based on 7,153 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 34.5% 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 129MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 79.7MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 120GB is 29.8%. 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 96.9MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 133MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,153 samples)
Min Avg Max
326 Read 404 437
123 Write 133 140
179 Mixed 195 206
41.3 SusWrite 96.9 136
45.5% 207 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.4 4K Read 22.3 26.9
31.7 4K Write 79.7 111
18.4 4K Mixed 30.3 37.2
115% 44.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
176 DQ Read 241 260
86.1 DQ Write 125 140
65.8 DQ Mixed 129 158
110% 165 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
61GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 127 127 128 130 129 130 MB/s
Read 441
Write 140
Mixed 206
SusWrite 129
50% 229 MB/s
4K Read 26.2
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 36.1
141% 55.2 MB/s
DQ Read 254
DQ Write 137
DQ Mixed 157
127% 183 MB/s
10GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 126 54 52 52 52 46 MB/s
Read 410
Write 139
Mixed 197
SusWrite 63.8
44% 202 MB/s
4K Read 24.2
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 36.9
142% 57 MB/s
DQ Read 260
DQ Write 119
DQ Mixed 117
106% 165 MB/s
67GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 133 133 133 133 133 MB/s
Read 387
Write 134
Mixed 193
SusWrite 133
47% 212 MB/s
4K Read 18.5
4K Write 86.7
4K Mixed 23.6
104% 42.9 MB/s
DQ Read 252
DQ Write 137
DQ Mixed 158
127% 182 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,995,802 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Mar '13
AmazonUS $15020 months
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Typical M500 120GB Builds (Compare 10,938 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 58%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 56% - Above average Total price: $1,191

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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

19 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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