I find it a bit amusing that some 13 years since our first SSD review, flash technology is still at a point that we are trying to move the consumer from hard drive to SSD. Knowing what we know about the difference between the two, It simply doesn’t make sense to me that PCs, especially laptops, are still selling with hard drive based storage. After all, the SSD is completely silent, cooler, much faster, provides a longer battery life, and most importantly, your data security jumps leaps and bounds. Reasoning, for the most part of course, is simply that the manufacturer will always settle for the cheaper of the two as it translates to a good chunk of profit when thousands and tens of thousands of that PC or laptop are being sold worldwide. So… we reviewers do our part to hopefully educate the consumer that making that transition themselves really isn’t that hard.
Our evaluation today is on one of crucial’s newest releases, the Crucial P2 NVMe SSD, which is also one of the last releases we might be seeing for an entry level SSD with TLC NAND flash memory as it just so happens. Available in capacities of 250GB and 500GB only, Crucial has marketed (and priced) the P2 specifically for those typical PC users moving over from a hard drive.
The Crucial P2 is a PCIe 3.0 four channel (x4) SSD that utilizes the latest NVMe 1.3 protocol. It’s performance is listed by Crucial to be 2100MB/s read and 940MB/s write, but we think the write speed might just be a low-ball as the memory in use is TLC. Lifespan for this SSD is listed at 150TBW and it comes with a 5-year limited warranty. If I may, we have tested pretty much every SSD released (and just as many not released) over the last 13 years and, with this background, we can be pretty confident in the fact that one never need to worry about an SSD reaching end life through normal use.
The Crucial P2 is a one sided M.2 SSD of the 2280 (80mm) form factor and it is powered by the Phison E13 (PS5013) NVMe controller which is a DRAM-less controller. There are also four chips of Micron’s 96-layer TLC NAND flash memory, each having a RAW value of 128GB, for a grand total of 500GB as listed after firmware and over provisioning are factored in. Formatted, this SSD will hold 466GB of your data.
Checking out pricing on Amazon, we can see the 250GB version for $49.99 and the 500GB version we are testing today listed at $64.99. It is actually gaining a great reputation and is rated as the #1 new release with a customer 4.5/5 rating.