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I was pondering about getting a Crucial SSD. I did see they have different lineup of their SSD. One particular line that intrigues me is the M500 series. Are they any good? I plan to use the SSD as a OS drive with a few progs/games in it. Would this be good?

I also do know that the Crucial M4 series is the most loved series of the Crucial line. But what about the M500? Is it good as in say, the Samung 840 EVO to the Samsung 840 PRO comparison?
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/6884/crucial-micron-m500-review-960gb-480gb-240gb-120gb

It's not a bad drive, but it is slower than the non Pro Samsung 840. It has more endurance than the non Pro though, it was a design trade-off. It behaves better than the 840 Pro if it is almost full too.

Don't get the 120 GB version though as it only uses 8 NAND chips and thus sacrifices even more performance.

240 / 256 GB is the sweet spot in terms of price / storage space / performance nowadays for most drives anyway, you'll soon want to install a game or two on the SSD and the 120 GB model will just barely do it, especially with newer games taking up more and more space (Titanfall will use 48 GB, for example), so if you go for the M500, get the 240 GB model at least.
Edited by tpi2007 - 3/3/14 at 10:08am
 
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My M4 has been rock solid for over 2 years (feels a little bit small now though).

I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another Crucial drive and the Samsungs are mighty tempting too.
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I have an M4...works great. It *was* the golden boy but now it seems peeps are reaching for the samsungs...for good reason.

Get the TB evo or the 512GB pro.
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I'm running a 960GB M500 that I won from SSD Review and have zero complaints. It may not be the fastest but it's very affordable and has power protection as well....very few non-enterprise drive offer this.
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Thanks for all the tip guys! I probably keep this tip for future reference. I'll hold off in getting a SSD from Crucial though. thumb.gif
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I have owned an 840 pro and M4 both are great. No complaints anywhere from me. Contemplated the M500 at one time but then the 840 came out before I did. 

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I have the Crucial M500 on my laptop. I did extensive research between the M500 and the 840 Evo.
I found that the 840 Evo is faster, but the M500 has some enterprise features to prevent data loss/corruption in the event of a power failure, and better encryption and all that.
Have a look at this article:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crucial-m500-1tb-ssd,3551-14.html

It seems what the 840 lacks in, the M500 makes up for with other features, and vice versa. I don't think you'll see a difference in the real world though.
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Greatest differences(as far as I can tell) are price (lately the Crucial has been selling for less) and Samsung has lower power consumption (though the actual minutes involved in everyday use are probably not many). fwiw I own a 240GB Crucial M500, and a 120GB Samsung 840 EVO, both purchased on sale.
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Originally Posted by brasslad View Post

Greatest differences(as far as I can tell) are price (lately the Crucial has been selling for less) and Samsung has lower power consumption (though the actual minutes involved in everyday use are probably not many). fwiw I own a 240GB Crucial M500, and a 120GB Samsung 840 EVO, both purchased on sale.

Could you tell me your experience from the Crucial M500? LIke what are the write/read times? Did it make any noise? Did you have problems with set-up? How did it compare to your EVO? Stuff like that would really help. Thanks! thumb.gif
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