Summary: I've been looking forward to trying out the Crucial M500 for a while now. While I have been using a smaller one in a different production machine, there is something about a "terabyte class" SSD that makes most computer enthusiasts hearts beat a bit faster. The 960GB M500 from Crucial does exactly what they say it will do - the biggest question is how long it will last.
Pros: Exceeds rated read and write speeds, 7mm low profile fits in many Ultrabooks and thinner laptops, Excellent compatibility, Decent 3 year warranty, Massive storage (for an SSD), Very affordable for a terabyte-class SSD.
Cons: No desktop drive bracket included, No software bundle included in the box for migration
Crucial M500 M.2 NGFF SATA 3 SSD Review (480GB) – High Capacity and Power Loss Data Protection
19 December 2013
Conclusion: As much as we want the unbelievable performance that we see in PCIe M.2 SSDs, the name of the game today is capacity and the number of e-mails received from people looking for higher capacity SSDs is amazing. As much as we see those that already have M.2 SSD contained systems, there are several who, like we have previously, realize that great savings can be achieved in buying a M.2 SSD notebook or ultra with the lowest capacity SSD, and upgrading on availability.
Clash of the terabyte titans: Crucial M500 960GB vs. Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
18 December 2013
Summary: We've waded through a lot of performance data, and we'll indulge a couple more graphs before weighing in with our final verdict. The following scatter plots use an overall performance score derived by comparing how each drive stacks up against a common baseline. This score is based on a subset of our performance data , and we've mashed it up with per-gigabyte prices from Neweegg.