You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading! Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.
The Total Score of the M500 bettered the OCZ Vector and was just behind the Samsung 840 Pro SSD. High IOPS results of 84,634 are above listed specifications and, regardless of the queue depth that we threw at this SSD, the IOPS remained the same which pretty much unheard of.
The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:
- Windows Defender In Use
- Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
- Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
- Starting the Vista Operating System
- Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
- Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
- Cataloging a music library
- Starting applications
CRUCIAL M500 960GB SSD PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
Get ready for this one! In all of our SSD evaluations, we conduct Vantage testing at the beginning, and then again, at the end of the analysis. Normally, the results are very similar or, believe it or not, they may go up just a bit. In cases where something seems a bit out of the ordinary, we also repeat the tests a few times. This is just one of those situations.
Our initial test of the Crucial M500 SSD returned a Total Score of 71957, whereas our final test returned a total score of an astounding (and SSD leading) 76569 points. Repeat tests confirmed that this SSD actually did better once ‘broken in’. Looking at the individual test results, we observed that the high transfer speed reached was 421MB/s (a bottle neck it seems as we have seen a few at this mark yet not higher) and that all eight tests were SATA 3 level, another very rare result.
Our SSD Hierarchy displays the top 25 SSDs we have tested to date, rated by their PCMark Vantage Total Score alone. The Crucial m500 SSD is now the top dog on the block!