Excerpt: Crucial has been selling SSDs to consumers for longer than almost anyone, and it's evidently got the art of producing good-value drives finely honed. The 128GB version of its M4 drive costs just £83, which works out at a low 64p per gigabyte. The M4’s design breaks free of the status quo. Instead of the standard SandForce controller, the M4 uses the Marvell 88SS9174, which is the same controller that powers our Ultimate-award-winning Corsair Performance Series Pro .
Excerpt: 2 Flares 2 Flares × When Crucial released the C300 series of Solid State Drives last year they outperformed anything else available at the time. With read speeds around 340MB/s the Sandforce drives had a serious performance disadvantage, only offering around 280MB/s. The market today is in a very different state and the new SATA 6bps Crucial M4 has to compete against the stunningly good Sandforce 2281 controller featuring in OCZ, Corsair and ADATA drives.