Crucial M4 128GB SSD review -
The following images were taken at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a 12 megapixel Canon 450D.
Right then, above packaging. Crucial's latest and greatest comes in 64, 128, 256 and 512GB packages. Performance is listed at 415MB/s read and 175MB/s write with 35,000 IOPS at 4k random write aligned disk access with our tested 128GB model.
Now as stated the results will be much better thanks to the latest firmware. Also keep in mind that the write performance of the 256 GB and larger products is higher, you may expect numbers in the 300 MB/sec marker for such models.
And there it is, this is the 2.5" SATA III 128 GB version. You should easily be able to place it somewhere in your chassis. Small and light-weight. The SSD supports TRIM making sure your SSD will retain it's speed once in idle.
Obviously you do need to connect it to a proper SATA 3 (6G) controller though, the best ones can be found on the Intel series 6 chipset based products (H67/P67/Z68/X79).
The new SKU also comes with a USB adapter cable, plug it into the USB port and the SSD will be fed and delivered data over that USB port. Handy if you carry it around and need quick access to your data.
When we look at the connectors, we spot the standard power and Serial ATA connectors. This drive is SATA3 (6G).
A proper SATA 6G cable is recommended and should be delivered with your motherboard. We never ever had issues with a standard SATA2 cable either.
We finally test the Crucial M4 128GB SSD and will check out the performance of this very popular SSD. Obviously the M4 series is nothing other then a success story, and with a lot of people not trusting SandForce anymore we'll have a peek, after which we'll dive into the technology behind it and obviously we'll present you a nice phat performance overview.
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