M.2 TRANSFER SPEED AND IOPS COMPARISON
We have been very fortunate to get a number of M.2 SSD, SSD adapters, and even SSD contained systems to report on ahead of the crowd and we are very appreciative of the manufacturers for that. We are in a position now that we can provide hierarchy charts for both M.2 SSD transfer speeds and IOPS:
M.2 SSD TRANSFER SPEED COMPARISON
M.2 SSD 4K IOPS PERFORMANCE COMPARISON
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
As much as we want the unbelievable performance that we see in PCIe M.2 SSDs, the name of the game today is capacity and the number of e-mails received from people looking for higher capacity SSDs is amazing. As much as we see those that already have M.2 SSD contained systems, there are several who, like we have previously, realize that great savings can be achieved in buying a M.2 SSD notebook or ultra with the lowest capacity SSD, and upgrading on availability. Quite frankly, it is a bit disturbing when we see just how much some retailers make from their premium high-capacity configurations.
If our guess is right, we just may be seeing Crucial M.2 SSD availability very soon and this will provide opportunities for those seeking the higher capacity that this 480GB SSD provides. Having been around SSDs for some time and reviewed all Crucial SSDs from their first release, we are certain that the highlight of this release will be the price. It’s a price point that will once again annoy competitors as they check out Crucial pricing in order to set their own M.2 SSD price point.
Performance is probably the weakest point of the M500 family but it doesn’t drop so low as to really become a noticeable difference when compared to other SSDs; it is simply low enough to be seen in specifications. On the other hand, Crucial will be one of the first to market a retail M.2 SSD, they have power loss data protection which isn’t seen in any other consumer SSD, much less any SSD as small as the M.2, they are capable of endurance of 40GB written daily for a period of five years, and they have the Crucial/Micron reputation of just being an amazing product. We are awarding the Crucial M500 M.2 SSD our Innovation Award for its power loss data protection.
Just after publising we received this response from Crucial regarding M.2 SSD availability, “Working with OEMs on platform designs we see a trend toward adoption of M.2 for the smaller and smaller devices like Ultrabooks and tablets. As demand increases for upgrades for these devices we expect to see availability increase in the channel. Current availability in the channel is a function of demand, not supply.”