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It’s been some time since Crucial introduced the M500 Series SSD and, as it was when first released, the M500 remains to be a top value premium SSD offering. At $439 for a 960GB M500, this translates to .43/GB which is still lower than some premium SSDs of half that capacity. Not so much a difficulty with respect their target market, performance of the M500 family was a bit lower than the competition, although Crucial seemed hit a bulls eye when considering capacity and value.

Today’s introduction of the Crucial M550 SSD family is intended to cross that speed hurdle, offering the consumer the perfect combination of performance, capacity and value. Crucial has accomplished this, not only through introduction of a new Marvell SATA 3 controller, but also by effectively using both 128Gb NAND, as well as 64Gb NAND, to tackle the performance numbers we saw in the M500. Will the Crucial M550 have what it takes to conquer the SSD triangle of speed, capacity and value?

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Well, this is news to me! Never knew this was in the works actually. This looks a bit like Samsung's 840 to EVO. Not a real new upgrade but rather a midway refresh.


EDIT: Didn't actually have time to check the full review before leaving. Check post 8.


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Originally Posted by sherlock View Post

Might want to add this to the OP, from Anandtech :
Crucial M550 Review: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB Models Tested
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There are so many reasons why the M550 could be one of the best SSDs in the market. It has the best-in-class encryption support (along with Samsung 840 EVO) and it's also one of the only consumer-grade drives with power loss protection. Heck, it even supports DevSleep to enable low-power states in mobile platforms. Basically it has all the bells and whistles one could hope from a client drive. But there is one big "but": the performance. The M550 is supposed to be Crucial's high performance offering but compared to other high-end drives in the market, the performance is average at best. It's an upgrade over the M500, that's for sure, but that's not enough to make it to the medals podium.

and Techreport as well
Crucial's M550 solid-state drive reviewed


Edited by CynicalUnicorn - 3/18/14 at 5:17pm
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Looks like slightly under EVO performance, with a slightly higher than EVO price. $530 for the 1TB on Amazon at the moment. I was never really impressed with the M500, so it's nice to see Crucial giving Samsung's SSDs a run. I feel the EVO is still the better buy though, maybe after the launch prices go down this will be more appealing.
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Like the M500 family, the M550 contains power capacitors that ensure your data is safely stored should a power failure occur. Even with the M500 having been released just under a year ago, this remains to be a feature not seen in the consumer SSD arena.

Even though it's very rare a power loss happens, the potential to prevent data loss is worth the minor loss in speed. At this point you wouldn't be able to feel any differences in speed anyways.
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I hope this drives down the price of M500 1TB =P
    
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Its not only about power loss protection, its about MCL nand as well, this drive is better then EVO.
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Yeah the drive is not using nasty tricks like turbo write to achieve such speeds
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and I bought an m500 240gb last week which I have yet to install frown.gif
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Even though it's very rare a power loss happens, the potential to prevent data loss is worth the minor loss in speed. At this point you wouldn't be able to feel any differences in speed anyways.

Agreed. I would rather have protection than speed. SSDs are fast enough generally, especially the larger ones.

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I hope this drives down the price of M500 1TB =P

If there's a clearance sale, then I might just postpone my plans to get a GPU. 480GB Seagate 600s went on a regular sale on Amazon. $230. M500s go for similarly low prices. Clearance? I see sub-$350 for 960GB a very real possibility.

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Its not only about power loss protection, its about MCL nand as well, this drive is better then EVO.

*MLC, and that's not inherently true. Samsung has done an excellent job with the EVO. Its buffer allows it to act like an SLC drive, and even when it fills up it still writes fast, albeit not quite as well as an MLC equivalent. This thing? Realistically, there is no difference. Actually, this has somewhat faster 4k speeds than the EVO.


Prices for these look amazing. Despite being the "premium" drive and a new release, these are actually competitively priced for SSDs in general, not just among premium drives. This is really promising. Hopefully the Samsung 850 series launches with 1.5TB drives in response and high capacity drives in general lower in price. I'm surprised that Intel hasn't responded with their own tebibyte drives; they are partnered with Micron, Crucial's parent company, after all.
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Buffer means in-consistent performance, and lower quality Nand generally, there is a reason why TLC is cheaper.
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Buffer means in-consistent performance, and lower quality Nand generally, there is a reason why TLC is cheaper.

That in-consistent performance is really just apparent in benchmarks; and even then it's just the difference between "1 of the best, to the very best" in certain circumstances. It's not its selling point; the EVO's price point is.

Also, unless you're writing 200+ Terabytes to your SSD, TLC vs MLC argument is pretty much useless. In all most cases, we'll all be dead before the TLC in these drives fail.

Just adding to the discussion tongue.gif
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