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Crucial M500 Solid State Drive (960GB) Review

Crucial M500 Solid State Drive (960GB) Review

Crucial M500 SSD 960GB Review

Conclusion and Rating

One of the things we always like to see on a SSD is a good solid casing and Crucial don’t disappoint here. We appreciate that a drive tucked away in a system isn’t likely to get damaged but the metal gives a feel of quality and shows that the manufacturer isn’t trying to cut every cost they can. We also like that Crucial have gone with a casing that is suitable for both 7mm and 9.5mm drive locations which makes it an ideal upgrade for mobile systems as well as desktops.

In terms of performance the M500 scores well, often exceeding the advertised 500/400MB/s read and write speeds by some way. In synthetic tests it does fall a little behind the Vector and 840 Pro however in real world use the Crucial drive offers an experience which is essentially identical to those other two drives. This very competitive level of performance isn’t the best aspect of the M500 though… for that we need to look at the pricing.

Shopping prices

With a RRP of £499/$649 (though already on offer for less) the M500 960GB offers nearly double the capacity of the 512GB 840 Pro and Vector for a minimal price increase… this is exceptional value for an SSD and very clearly offers a capacity which is much more suited to OS, gaming and media use.

Crucial M500 SSD
Build Quality rating 10/10
Design rating 10/10
Performance rating 9/10
Value rating 10/10
Overall rating

10/10

Recommended Award

Where to buy…
UK Store Overclockers.co.uk – £499.99 (960GB)
UK Store Amazon.co.uk – £455.53 (960GB)
USA Store NewEgg.com – $649.99 (960GB)

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Stuart Davidson

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