Crucial P5 Plus PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD Review

TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

SSD testing at TSSDR differs slightly, depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise storage media. For our Crucial P5 Plus 1TB Gen 4 NVMe M.2 SSD testing today, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized and will reach top speeds possible.

We are using our ASRock X570 Creator Test Bench which is AMD based and contains the AMD Ryzen 3700x Gen 4 CPU. Our PC has been overclocked from 3600Mhz to 4300MHz and memory has been set at a XMP profile of 2667MHz,


SYSTEM COMPONENTS

The components of this Test Bench are detailed below. All hardware is linked for purchase and product sales may be reached by a simple click on the individual item. As well, the title is linked back to the individual build article where performance testing can be validated. Tons of credit to this Cougar Blazer Gaming Case paired with Corsair fans and Corsair iCue RGB software which make this our most attractive case to date.

TSSDR ASROCK CREATOR GEN 4 X570 TEST BENCH (link)

PC CHASSIS: Cougar Blazer Open Frame Gaming Mid-Tower Case
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock X570 Creator PCIe 4.0
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3700x
CPU COOLER: Corsair Hydro H150i Pro RGB 360mm Liquid Cooling
POWER SUPPLY: Corsair RM850x 80Plus
GRAPHICS: MSI Armor Mk 2 Radeon RX570 OC
MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600MHz
STORAGE: Intel Optane 905P 1.5TB SSD
KEYBOARD: Corsair K57 Wireless Gaming
MOUSE: Corsair Dark Core RGB SE Wireless BT Gaming
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software in use for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of Crystal Disk Info, ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, AJA, TxBench, PCMark 10, and we will be conducting true testing data transfer comparisons. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SSD COMPATIBILITY ISSUES

Our initial intentions were to test the Crucial P5 Plus on our newest Intel Gen 4 Test Bench shown here, however we ran into some issues on installation…lots of issues actually.   The P5 Plus continued to crash our system on SSD installation and, although we were able to identify a possible cause, we could never solve the problem.  The identified crash reasoning was KERNEL_MODE_HEAP_CORRUPTION and KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE. There are actually several exact instances of same on the internet and it appears to be a conflict between the Crucial P5 series SSDs and ASUS motherboards with its Aura RGB software installed.  Some have had success simply removing the software and we spent over a day and half removing, reinstalling and trying to get the P5 Plus running to no avail.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER. 8.8.9 X64

Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.

Crystal Disk Info validates that our SSD is running in PCIe 4.0 x4 (four lane), and also that NVMe 1.4 protocol is in use with features to include SMART, TRIM and VWC.

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