Crucial M500 480GB SSD
Crucial put together an attractive package for the M500.
On the back, we found a list of package contents. You get the drive and he 7mm to 9.5mm adapter.
Crucial flips the label sides to the opposite sides from what other companies do. The information label is on the top of the drive and the full color label is on the bottom. Here we see the information label with the model number, serial number and so on.
The bottom of the drive has the full color label.
The Crucial M500 is a 7mm z-height drive, so it works in many of the new ultrabooks on the market. Crucial includes a .5mm adapter that you may need in some notebooks, but very few.
The SATA power and data connectors are also in the same location so you won't have an issue using this product in your notebook ultrabook or desktop.
Here we get our first look at the inside of the drive. One of the first things you'll notice is the array of capacitors that works to flush the data in the buffer to the flash if a host power failure event occurs.
There are 16 NAND packages on the 480GB M500. There are three dies per package.
The same Marvell 88SS9187 controller was chosen for the full M500 series.
Flashtastic - 400MB/s claimed sequential write performance, exactly what we need. Let's see exactly what the 480GB model actually does over the next few pages.