Reviews and Problems with Crucial m4 Series (CT064M4SSD2/CT128M4SSD2/CT256M4SSD2/CT512M4SSD2)
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Crucial M4 SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive
28 July 2014
Excerpt: Crucial hit the pavement running when they released the C300 series of solid state drives, the first available for the (then) new SATA III 6Gb/s interface. Capable of reaching read/write speeds of 355MB/sec and 140MB/sec respectfully, the C300 was no slouch. Then at the beginning of 2011, when Intel finally launched a chipset with an integrated SATA III controller in their Cougar Point chipsets, many manufacturers felt it was time to let the new bus really stretch its...
Conclusion: Finishing the review of the Crucial M4 SSD we can say that this drive has only given us positive feedback. "Starting with the out of the box performance and finishing with the latest firmware update that adds 70MB/S to the read speed. Also another impressive factor is the low price." We therefore give this drive the "Outstanding" and "Editor choice" awards. You may comment on this review below.
Pros: SATA 6Gbps, Excellent read/write performance, Firmware support appears to be very good, Excellent at multitasking, 3 Years Warranty, Low price for a SATA 6Gbps, Excellent access times
Cons: Sequential write speeds could have been faster.
Excerpt: As our technology advances, consumers continually demand more from manufactures. Make it faster, make it lighter, make it smaller, and of course do it all at the same time. You would think that we would have hit a limit by now, or at least slowed down, but new cutting edge products keep hitting the market and blowing us away.
Excerpt: It's long been suggested that solid state drives represent the most important upgrade you can give a modern computer for boosting its overall performance. Today that remains true by a considerable margin, where even budget-oriented SSDs wipe the floor with the fastest 3.5" hard drives, providing users with nearly instantaneous access times compared to the 10ms-plus delay associated with faster 7200RPM HDDs.
Summary: The Crucial M4 64GB is arranged with only one NAND chip connected to each of the eight channels provided by its Marvell controller, preventing each channel from reaching its full write potential. The obvious alternative to this strategy is to use only four channels with two NAND chips each but this would have decreased overall performance, not just writes.
Excerpt: SSDs have gone down in price a lot in recent months. It's now possible to find 64 GB SSDs for less than £50. That means that the cheapest SSDs are now on the same level as the most affordable hard drives, in theory taking away any arguments for not including an SSD in your (new) PC.
Summary: Final Thoughts
Crucial is a name we always know for reliability and quality-made products and the M4 drive is no exception. It is very well made and besides the controller everything else inside is made by Crucial (Micron). Crucial does offer their standard 3 year warranty with the drive, but I would expect it to last much longer than that.
If you look at many of our comparison graphs you may be saying to yourself wait those other drives perform faster.
Pros: – Exceptional speed, – Does not rely on realtime file compression to achieve highest levels of performance, – 3 year warranty, – Available in up to 512GB capacities
Crucial M4 Adrenaline 50GB Cache SSD Review – Watch Your Hard Drive Perform Like an SSD
25 March 2012
Conclusion: The most visible performance upgrade we can see in any computer today is that seen when upgrading from a hard drive to an SSD but there have been serious speed bumps in the transition, at least until now. SSDs can be very costly in comparison to a hard drive, they cannot match the capacity of a hard drive and, for the most part, movement to an SSD has been a relatively difficult process as we could not avoid a fresh OS installation or migration through other software to...
Summary: The great thing about revisiting the Crucial m4 is that we now have a great deal of experience with these drives. When I first looked at the m4 back in May of 2011 some 9 months ago a lot was unknown about the product, most importantly reliability.