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Crucial m4 128GB SATA 6G Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 27, 2011 8:27 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Crucial

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing


For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article - full instructions are included.



Brief Methodology


SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.


Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.




HDD1 - Windows Defender

HDD2 - Gaming

HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery

HDD4 - Vista Startup

HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker

HDD6 - Windows Media Center

HDD7 - Windows Media Player

HDD8 - Application Loading


In 2010 we used PCMark's Vantage Suite for our definitive real world test, but in 2011 we stepped it up a notch in order to achieve a greater level of realism.


In this chart I included the OCZ Technology Agility 3, a direct competitor to the Crucial m4 128GB. This comparison comes from the two being priced very close to each other, much closer than the Vertex 3.


In these tests where data is placed on the drive prior to the benchmark run, the m4 is slower than the Vertex 3 120GB by a small margin. On the other hand, when comparing drives that are priced closer together, the Crucial m4 128GB is faster than the Agility 3 240GB.

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