Evolution continues for Crucial and their
SSD products. The Crucial M500 is the SSD that is replacing the trusty old M4
SSD. As we can expect the M500 not only does everything that that the M4 did, it
does much better, and adds more functions to improve not only the SSD but also
the overall experience that the user gets.
Our regular users remember the review that
Myce did in the past for the Crucial RealSSD C300, and later for the Crucial
M4. Now it’s time to take closer look at the M500. As we expectedthe names
inside are the same, Micron & Marvell, but the numbers have changed, and the
M500 has the latest equipment that Micron and Marvell have to offer, so now
only one question remains to be answered.
How does the Crucial M500 perform?
Crucial was kind enough to provide me with the
M500 480GB SSD for this review. Now you can start reading this in depth review
of the Crucial M500 SSD to find out more about it’s performance.
If you're unfamiliar with Crucial, and
their products, you can visit their website to find out more about them, by
clicking the link here.
Now let’s start this review.
Crucial M500 480GB SSD
Let’s start by taking a closer look at the
package and what it comes shipped with.
The packaging of the Crucial M500 is
relatively small, and it’s very clean and good looking. The front of the box is
very appealing to the eye, and it also has all basic the information you need
to know about the drive. Moving to the back we can see that Crucial is keeping
the same approach, as it only gives you the information you need to know, such
as what’s inside the box, and where to look for your product support. Scanning
the QR code with your Smartphone will lead to http://www.crucial.com/support/ssd/
Inside the box
The Crucial M500 came in a very simple
package, which includes the document for the three year warranty, a spacer to
make the drive compatible with the 9.5mm form factor, and of course the drive
that comes in the usual anti-static bag.
A closer look at the Crucial M500
Top side of the Crucial M500 SSD
The drive as we can see continues to have
the same clean look as the previous drives had, this time the chassis isn’t
painted and it has a brighter look than the previous drives, something that I
Now let’s look at what’s inside.
the top of the Crucial M500 we will find eight NAND made by micron, the Marvell
Controller, the DDR3 memory chip, and also a lot of capacitors at the top right.
the back of the M500 we can see another set of eight 20nm Micron NAND chips.
closer look at the MLC NAND, manufactured by Micron using a 20nm technology,
picture of the Marvell 88SS9187 controller that uses a custom Crucial firmware.
DDR3 chip that is used as a cache is also manufactured by Micron.
The following specifications are taken from
the official Crucial website.
From the above table we can get a more
detailed view of the various sizes that the M500 is available in and the
performance that each size can give. As we can see the drive has MTBF of 1.2
million hours, and also a very impressive endurance of 72TB.
One final thing that it’s worth mentioning
is the wide variety of form factors that the M500 is available in, from the
standard 2.5” inch, to the widely spread mSATA, and also you can find it in the
M.2 form factor.
Adaptive Thermal Protection
One very interesting feature of the Crucial
M500 SSD is the adaptive thermal protection. Whilst the drive is designed to
work from 0C up to 70C, the adaptive thermal monitoring is able to reduce NAND
operations when the SSD’s internal temperature begins to reach the maximum
specification. The SSD will remain in this state for as long as it’s needed until
the drives temperature returns back to the specified operating temperatures.
Note that adaptive thermal protection does
not change the current negotiated speed of the SATA bus, nor does it require or
cause any new commands to be issued on the SATA bus.
More importantly, it would be very hard for
most regular users to make the M500 reach temperatures that will require the
drive to trigger this function.
the above picture we can take a look at all the info available for the M500.
Let’s head to the next page where we
take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.