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Crucial M500 Solid State Drive (960GB) Review

Crucial M500 Solid State Drive (960GB) Review

Crucial M500 SSD 960GB Review

The M500 SSD

The M500 front view The M500 rear view
The M500 metal casing

Crucial go with a full metal casing on the M500 and apply a branding sticker to one side, next to the SATA 6GB/s power and data connectors. Flipping the drive over we find an information sticker which lets us know the device certifications, model details and that it is using Firmware MU02. Dimensions wise we have a 100.5×69.85x7mm drive here with a weight of 70g.

After opening the drive we find a thermal pad applied to the casing and this makes contact with the controller and one of the DDR3 cache chips.

Crucial use a green PCB for the M500 and on the top side we can see the Marvell 88SS9187 controller alongside eight MLC NAND flash chips. These are Micron branded 20nm parts and the final component of note on this side of the PCB is a Micron branded DDR3 chip. There is a second DDR3 cache chip along with another block of eight NAND modules on the back of the PCB which give the drive a formatted capacity of 894GB in Windows 8.

Crucial rate the 960GB model (as well as the 480GB version) at 500MB/s read with write at 400MB/s and state that IOPS will hit 80,000 on read and write. This performance is then maintained by data sanitize features and TRIM in operating systems such as Windows 7 and 8. The M500 also has a key feature over previous models, adaptive thermal monitoring, which tunes drive performance when temperatures exceed 70°C in a system to safeguard the device.

In terms of power draw we have active use at 150mW and in terms of extra features we have support for power loss data protection, Self Encrypting (TCG Opal 2.0, Hardware AES 256-bit) and Security Erase as well as a reliability specification of 1.2 million hours and a warranty of 3-years.

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