Crucial M500 SSD Review – A continuing evolution

Reading Benchmarks


HD Tune

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution
HD Tune – Sequential reading test

I present the graph below for comparison
with other recently tested drives.

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution

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The result of this test is good for a
modern SATA3 drive.


ATTO disk benchmark

ATTO has become a standard tool for
measuring the data throughput of HDD and SSD. It measures the reading and
writing performance, using different file sizes and block sizes.

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution

The performance of the Crucial M500 is
simply outstanding, the drive can easily reach write speeds of 428MB/Sec and
also read speeds of 539MB/Sec. There’s not much more to say about the
performance of the M500.


CrystalDiskMark 3.0

Crystal Disk Mark is quite a handy
benchmarking application, as it focuses on the file sizes that can cause a
problem on a system drive.

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Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution

The default setting on CrystalDiskMark uses
random data, and that gives a more realistic view on the performance of any
drive. Again the Crucial M500 continues to impress, and the numbers are
outstanding.


AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD benchmark is a benchmarking tool
specifically designed to test SSDs. The application tests sequential reading
and writing performance, 4K random reading and writing performance.

AS SSD benchmark also tests 4K threaded
performance. This is very exciting, as this test is the first available test
that I am aware of, that simulates how a PC operating system actually works. A
modern PC and OS, such as Windows Vista/7 does not just run a single thread at
a time, it runs many threads. The AS SSD benchmark "4K 64Thrd" tests
run 64 threads simultaneously throughout the test. If this result is good, then
you can be pretty sure the drive will perform extremely well as a system drive.

After the tests complete, AS SSD benchmark
derives a total score for the drive being tested. This is based on all aspects
of the test results, and gives an indication of how the drive is performing
overall.

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Now let’s look at the results for the Crucial
M500 SSD in the form of a screenshot. All our other comparison drives’ results
are presented in the form of a graph.

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution

The Crucial M500 is continues to deliver
top performance and it is able to achieve an amazing score of 1034.

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PCMark Vantage – HDD Suite


For these tests we will be using
FutureMark’s PCMark Vantage. This suite of real world test applications is
highly regarded, as one of the most comprehensive ways of testing a computer’s
performance in the real world. The PCMark Vantage test application also
includes an HDD/SSD/USB Flash suite of testing procedures, designed to fully
test out the performance of an HDD/SSD to its limits.

PCMark Vantage HDD suite results

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution

Here
are the results for the Crucial M500 480GB SSD.

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution

As it was expected the Crucial M500 shows a
very impressive result.

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Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution

Summary:

‘Outstanding’, this is the only word that I can use to describe the performance
of the Crucial M500. It’s clear that Crucial made a big step forward compared
to the M4, but also at the same time the M500 can easily compete with drives
that are considerably faster.

Let’s head to the next page for our
IOMeter test results…..

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