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Crucial M550 512GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 24, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Crucial

Crucial M550 512GB SSD

 

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Crucial only released 'drive only' product SKUs for the M550, so don't expect an elaborate accessory package. This should keep the cost down though.

 

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Inside, we found the drive and a 7mm to 9.5mm bracket.

 

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Here we get our first look at the drive.

 

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The information label is on the top cover. The cover is exactly that in this case, just a thin sliver to protect the PCB. The other side of the case is a one-piece design that also doubles as a heat sink.

 

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The 7mm design allows you to install the drive in a new Ultrabook. Crucial includes a 7mm to 9.5mm adapter ring for systems with drive sleds that require the full height.

 

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Inside the drive, we found sixteen NAND flash packages, a Marvell controller, a Micron DRAM package, and capacitors for host power fail protection.

 

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The Crucial M550 is the first SSD on the market to use the new Marvell 88SS9189 controller.

 

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