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Crucial M500 480GB SSD Review - Benchmarks - Power and Thermal Testing

Crucial M500 480GB SSD Review
Three down, one to go. Today we look at the final capacity size in the Crucial M500 product family, the 480GB model. (NASDAQ:MU)
| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 4:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Crucial

Bapco MobileMark 2012 1.5

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2012 1.5

Developer Homepage: http://www.bapco.com

Test Homepage: http://www.bapco.com

 

MobileMark 2012 1.5 is an application-based benchmark that reflects usage patterns of business users in the areas of office productivity, media creation and media consumption. Unlike benchmarks that only measure battery life, MobileMark 2012 measures battery life and performance simultaneously, showing how well a system design addresses the inherent tradeoffs between performance and power management.

 

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Of the drives on the notebook battery life test chart, the M500 480GB delivers the least amount of battery life in our Lenovo W530. This chart only shows other 512GB class SSDs.

 

 

PCMark Vantage HDD Test - Power Draw

 

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As with the other M500 drives we've tested, the 480GB model never drops down into a lower power state during our PCMark Vantage run.

 

 

Thermal Test - BETA

 

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This is another next generation benchmark that we're sliding into this review. At this time, it's still beta and needs a little work, mainly a mount and platform for consistent images.

 

The Marvell controller temp is just over 45C at idle, but increases to nearly 65C at load. Crucial uses a thermal pad to transfer heat to the case so it doesn't build up inside the case and transfer to the flash. As we move deeper into process nodes of the flash, the temperature of the NAND becomes a bigger issue.

 

Look for an in-depth article with tests in the coming weeks at TweakTown.

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