Crucial M4 128GB SSD Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Crucial M4 128GB SSD Review


As the 6Gbp/s version of the SATA interface becomes more prevalent amongst users, so we have more and more drives taking advantage of the enormous bandwidth available to them.

Solid State Drives have had particular benefits. Whereas we once considered 150 MB/s to be a seriously quick drive, now we're in the realms of 300 MB/s and beyond. Indeed current 3Gbp/s drives seem positively sloth-like in comparison.

One of the first drives we saw with full SATA-III compatibility was the C300 from Crucial. This had serious read speeds but, like so many SSDs, had some write speeds that left something to be desired. Now the replacement for the C300 is upon us in the form of the Crucial M4.

Technical Specifications

As Crucial are owned by the Micron Technology group, so the M4 is replete with a full array of Micron chips on board. Whilst the controller isn't capable of the same enormous burst speeds of the SandForce controller, what it lacks in a little top end speed it makes up for in affordability.

Let's crack on.

Crucial M4 128GB SSD Review

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Most Recent Comments

19-08-2011, 05:08:51

Hot on the heels of the successful C300, Crucial have released the M4, a 6Gbp/s speedster.

Continue ReadingQuote

19-08-2011, 05:26:46

oh sweet mother of baby-cheeses!

where my tissues

issues fixed AND affordable!

i am lurved up with this

definitely a contender for my future mammoth-BD built, RAID'dQuote

19-08-2011, 08:15:57

i got the 64 gig for my os and i couldn't be happier........

well....i suppose it could be a hyperX.......Quote

19-08-2011, 13:16:26

Nice review!Quote

19-08-2011, 13:43:39

I'm considering getting the 64 gig version for my next buildQuote

19-08-2011, 15:31:28

Heck I love mine, 128GB ftw

Great drive, great speeds, and that's even when the drive fills up.

PS I updated mine (before I installed anything on it) to firmware 0002, and I've not had a single issue yet, and that's with RST running.Quote

19-08-2011, 15:36:17

nice review tom, great little drive ive got both a 120gb in my rig and 64gb in my dads, running well with no issues with very impressive boot times. if you know me id only by a product again if i liked it and i do.

oh and fairly well priced as you said one thing to add to the review i dont recall reading it but the usb cable and disk arent included in the normal m4 pack you have to pay 10 quid extra or so for it. however i couldnt use it to sucseffuly clone my old os / programs. but its also useful if you want to copy some data old an old drive/ broken pc ectQuote

20-08-2011, 23:01:53

Thinking off getting this or the Corsair Force 3 120GB.Quote

31-08-2011, 06:04:37

Worth nothing to all that Crucial has released some new firmware which improves this drives performance.

Any chance of a quick retest with this firmware in place? Would be very interested to see how it fairs.Quote

31-08-2011, 06:28:26

Originally Posted by Ljs View Post

Worth nothing to all that Crucial has released some new firmware which improves this drives performance.

Any chance of a quick retest with this firmware in place? Would be very interested to see how it fairs.
I posted that in the News section, along with my own results/improvement.Quote

31-08-2011, 08:51:34

Apologies, I didn't look there - that was more for people who may come across the review in google rather than frequent visitors...Quote

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