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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For trace based testing, we are replacing the outdated PCMark 05 results with a pair of newer versions of the same.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.

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