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Crucial M4 256GB SATA III SSD Review

Crucial M4 256GB SATA III SSD Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this review PCSTATS will be testing the 256GB Crucial M4 SSD, a 6Gb/s SATA III drive rated by the manufacturer for read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of 260MB/s (sequential).
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SSD vs HDD Benchmarks: HD Tune Pro 4.01

HD Tune Pro 4.6 Benchmark - READ Tests Source: HD TUNE

HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark. The benchmark measures raw performance in a couple different ways to measure a hard drive for Read and Write tests, which are conducted separately. To read the results below consider that highest minimum/maximum/average transfer rates are better, while lower (quicker) access times are best. Lastly, highest burst rates are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportHD Tune 4.6 - Read Tests
Read Average Transfer Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD 111.8
Western Digital 1TB WD1001FALS HDD 86.1
Crucial M4 256GB SSD 371.8
SanDisk Etreme 240GB SSD 381.4
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD 375.1
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 233.1
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 100.1
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 117.5
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 110.2
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 90.7
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 84
Read Access Time: (ms) Points Ranking
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD 12
Western Digital 1TB WD1001FALS HDD 12.2
Crucial M4 256GB SSD 0.046
SanDisk Etreme 240GB SSD 0.054
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD 0.132
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 0.056
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 0.3
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 26.8
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 16.6
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 0.615
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 16.9
Read Burst Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD 176.5
Western Digital 1TB WD1001FALS HDD 134.4
Crucial M4 256GB SSD 124.8
SanDisk Etreme 240GB SSD 257.6
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD 347
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 216.8
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 101
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 367.6
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 312.4
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 155.9
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 183.5

Crucial's M4 SSD weighs in with a very good Average Read Transfer Rate of 371.8MB/s, placing it just behind the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD. Access time is a good 0.046ms. Hard drive results illustrate how SSDs stack up.

Next up, HD Tune Write results.

HD Tune Pro 4.01 Benchmark - WRITE Tests Source: HD TUNE

HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark. The benchmark measures raw performance in a couple different ways to measure a hard drive for Read and Write tests, which are conducted separately. To read the results below consider that highest minimum/maximum/average transfer rates are better, while lower (quicker) access times are best. Lastly, highest burst rates are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportHD Tune 4.6 - Write Tests
Write Average Transfer Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD 108.9
Western Digital 1TB WD1001FALS HDD 85.4
Crucial M4 256GB SSD 282.6
SanDisk Etreme 240GB SSD 350.8
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD 312.9
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 215.4
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 73.4
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 112.5
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 105.1
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 86.5
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 80.9
Write Access Time: (ms) Points Ranking
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD 4.4
Crucial M4 256GB SSD 0.344
SanDisk Etreme 240GB SSD 0.109
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD 0.146
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 17.9
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 8.03
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 15.8
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 9.05
Write Burst Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD 157.1
Crucial M4 256GB SSD 166.7
SanDisk Etreme 240GB SSD 318.8
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD 335
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 339.3
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 189
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 250
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 177.4

In the HD Tune Write test, Crucial's M4 SSD achieves a relatively sluggish Access Time of 0.344ms and a good Average Write Transfer Rate of 282.6MB/s -- though slower than the SD Extreme and OCZ Vertex 3.

Write Burst Rate falls behind with a result of 166.7MB/s. HD Tach is up next.

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Contents of Article: Crucial CT256M4SSD2
 Pg 1.  Crucial M4 256GB SATA III SSD Review
 Pg 2.  SSD Benchmarks: CrystalDiskMark 3, AS SSD
 Pg 3.  — SSD vs HDD Benchmarks: HD Tune Pro 4.01
 Pg 4.  SSD vs HDD Benchmarks: HD Tach 3.0.4, Sandra 2012
 Pg 5.  HDD Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  Conclusions: Weighing your SSD Options with SanDisk

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