Crucial M500 SSD Review – A continuing evolution

 

Anvil’s Storage Utilities

As well as performing SSD endurance tests.
Anvil’s Storage Utilities has a very nice SSD benchmarking application. The SSD
benchmark tests many different aspects of SSD performance, including 4K random
at different queue depths, and also sequential performance, but more importantly
than this, all using real test data.

Another very nice feature of Anvil’s SSD
benchmark is the fact that you can change the compression levels of the test
data. The compression levels of the data sets used for the tests can be varied
from 0% compression right up to 100% compressed data, and there are even a few
data profiles already included, such as database (8%) compression, and also an
application profile (46%) compression, which is designed to simulate real
application data being read and written to the SSD.

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Anvil’s Storage Utilities is still in beta
at the moment, but the application is currently solid enough to use in this
article, and I have already verified the results obtained using an SATA
analyser.

I will include a screenshot of the review
drive, and all comparison results will be presented in the form of graphs. If
you would like to see screenshots of the test results obtained on the other
SSDs in this article, you can do so by following the link here.

I will also be testing three different
compression profiles, which are as follows.

  • 0 fill (100% compressible data)
  • Application simulation profile (46%
    compressed)
  • 100% (non compressible data)

 So let’s begin the tests.

0 fill

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution
Crucial M500 480GB SSD (0 fill)

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Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution

Results
are based on the total highest score.

The M500 gives a very impressive result, as
we can see from the graph the M500 is among the top performing drives.


Application profile

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution
Crucial M500 480GB SSD (application profile)

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution
Results are based on the total highest score.

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Again we can see that the Crucial M500 is
giving an excellent performance.


100% incompressible

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution
Crucial M500 480GB SSD (100% incompressible)

Crucial M500 SSD Review - A continuing evolution
Results are based on the total highest score.

Closing this part of our tests we see the
same outstanding performance, the M500 gives a top performance even with
compressible data, there’s not much more to ask for.

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Summary

With consistent, rock solid performance, the Crucial M500 simply refuses to give a total lower result than
4637,38. We can clearly see the work that Crucial has done to this drive, starting
with the NAND that they’ve chosen, and finishing with the custom firmware that
is used in the Marvel controller.

 

Now let’s head to the next page for some
real world tests….

 

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