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Crucial M500 Solid State Drive (960GB) Review

Crucial M500 Solid State Drive (960GB) Review

Crucial M500 SSD 960GB Review

Test System / Methodology

Crucial M500 960GB Firmware MU02
SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB Firmware 211
PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB Firmware 5.0.2
Samsung 840 Pro 512GB Firmware DXM02B0Q
OCZ Vector 256GB Firmware 1020

Intel Core i7-3960X
ASRock X79 Extreme9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690
4x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600

ASUS VG278 Screen
Corsair AX1200 PSU
D-Link Wireless N Dual Band USB stick
1x OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS (OS)
Intel 2011 Liquid Cooler
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
Roccat Kone[+] Mouse

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
Forceware 314.21

Crystal DiskMark
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
ATTO Benchmark
Skyrim: Dragonborn / Steam
PCMark

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drives was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 8 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the chipset and video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, where appropriate, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated) and each drive was Sanitary/secure Erased between tests.

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

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Stuart Davidson

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