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Crucial M550 2.5" SATA SSD Full Capacity Roundup

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PCMark Vantage and 7

For trace based testing, we are replacing the outdated PCMark 05 results with a pair of newer versions of the same. PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 results will be included moving forward. We are also running PCMark 8 on samples as we receive them, however we do not yet have sufficient comparative data to make a useful chart. Vantage results tend to be higher as they show more of a raw / peak type of result measured during the trace, while 7 shows more of an averaged value over the time duration of the trace. Translation: Vantage shows max throughput while 7 shows how that throughput impacts overall system performance. You can easily tell the difference by looking at the results of the HDD (VelociRaptor), which scores higher under 7 since the overall system is usually doing other things in addition to accessing storage.

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Cramming all of the actual numbers onto these charts is overwhelming, but it's easy to see relative differences between the compared units. PCMark Vantage and 7 both consider overall system performance (in addition to the storage device), which explains why the majority of SSDs come in very closely on these tests.


August 2, 2014 | 09:15 PM - Posted by Dr_Rob (not verified)

You were all impressed with performance vs price for these 550 SSDs greater than 128Gb, and I tend to agree. The Samsung EVOs seem to be an additional $20-30, but the Samsung Magician software especially for firmware update notification is excellent. Does Crucial have software similar to Magician ? Because firmware updates are a pain.

December 23, 2014 | 12:48 AM - Posted by Jeanmark (not verified)

Hey guys I just saw your video and I was wondering, I want to buy a M550 128gb SSD because its very affordable compared to the same one with 256gb. Write now my Acer Aspire has a 250gb HDD, its to slow, that's why I am changing to SSD, but the question is: is their a difference in speed between those two? I use my laptop for recording music and stuff like that and the speed is very important to me.

December 23, 2014 | 12:50 AM - Posted by Jeanmark (not verified)

Is their a speed difference between the M550 128GB and the M550 256GB?

February 17, 2015 | 06:09 PM - Posted by 25 (not verified)

I agree, but it's not just the cost - it is also the capacity, power, and suitability for video recording. Low-power, video/surveillance 3.5" drives are available up to 6TB now, while 2.5" drives tend to max out at 2TB. If you are building a DVR which can record 6 or more programs at once, supporting 1 or 2 3.5" hard drives (as the reviewer showed) makes a lot more sense than using four 2.5" drives.

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