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Crucial m4


$500.00 Released April, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Upgradable firmware - for reliability and performance improvements. Uses the latest 25nm NAND for price savings. All the perks of a solid state drive - extremely fast, physically resilient, low power consumption, doesn't get hot, silent.

The Cons:25nm NAND is rated for 3000 cycles vs Intel's 5000 cycles - essentially the same NAND? Late garbage collection leads to slowdowns over time - only if TRIM is not enabled / implemented. All the cons of a solid state drive - high price per GB, unrecoverable data in the event of a problem.

The Crucial m4 solid state drives (SSD) are advertised to be Crucial's top of the line SSDs with read and write speeds of up to 415MB/s and 260MB/s respectively. The m4 line's capacities range from 64GB to 512GB, all compatible with SATA 6Gb/s.

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Product Shot 2 Crucial have managed to keep the performance of these SSDs whilst decreasing their prices, making them some of the most affordable SATA 6Gb/s compatible SSD. These SSDs use MLC NAND and are backward compatible with 3Gb/s SATA connections. They have a MTB life time of 1.2 million hours and are backed by a 3 year limited warranty. The Curcial m4 series solid state drives are good options for buyers looking for capable performance at a manageable price.

Features / Specifications

  • 64GB to 512GB Capacities (their performance will vary based on capacities)
  • Micron MLC NAND memory modules
  • SATA 6Gb/s
  • SMART
  • Up to 415MB/s read, 260MB/s write
  • Weight: 75g
  • Active avg power: 150-280mW
  • Idle avg power: 65-100mW
  • MTB: 1.2 Million hours
  • Built-in EDC/ECC
  • 3 year warranty

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  • 3

    upgradable firmware - for reliability and performance improvements

  • 2

    uses the latest 25nm NAND for price savings

  • 2

    all the perks of a solid state drive - extremely fast, physically resilient, low power consumption, doesn't get hot, silent

  • 2

    2.5" design - fits in laptops and desktops alike

  • 1

    SATA 6Gbps capable - makes use of the higher bandwidth throughput of the latest SATA standard

  • 1

    RAID, SMART, and TRIM support

  • 1

    extremely fast - runs in the same league as the Intel 510 series, OCZ Vertex 3

  • 1

    available in a wide range of sizes - 64, 128, 256 and 512GB

  • 1

    3-year warranty - long enough to ensure you'll be covered until a cheaper, larger, better performing drive is available

Cons
  • 1

    25nm NAND is rated for 3000 cycles vs Intel's 5000 cycles - essentially the same NAND?

  • 1

    late garbage collection leads to slowdowns over time - only if TRIM is not enabled / implemented

  • 0

    all the cons of a solid state drive - high price per GB, unrecoverable data in the event of a problem

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