- SATA III
Amazing hard drive! 03/08/2012
This review is from: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
This hard drive is blazing fast!
- From push-power-button to desktop in exactly 30 seconds on Win7 Home Premium 64-bit. A huge step up from my WD Caviar Green 640GB.
- Upon start-up, I can start Auslogics, Web Browser, Catalyst Control Center, and iTunes immediately.
- Exact advertised speeds according to "AS SSD Benchmark":
Seq: Read 493.19MB/s; Write 196.46 MB/s
4k: Read 25.11 MB/s; Write 57.01 MB/s
4k-64Thrd:Read 243.27 MB/s; Write 85.99 MB/s
Acc. Time: Read N/A ; Write 0.228 ms
- weight: upon receiving the hard drive through Newegg's blazing fast shipping, my first thought was that they forgot to include the actual drive in the box, it felt so light! I was stunned by how much SSDs actually weigh. Technology nowadays...
- Roughness: I simply connected the standard power and SATA cable, and threw the SSD on top of my HDD. They both sit in my drive bay, since I removed the HD-cage for better airflow. HDD securely fastened, SSD loosely on to
none so far!
I am using this space to share my computer specs:
Crucial M4 128GB
WD Cavier Green 640GB
Intel i5 2500k @ 4.2GHz
Patriot Memory 8GB Viper Xtreme DDR3-1600
XFX Radeon HD6870 1GB Double Dissipation
Cooler Master SilentPro 700W
Cooler Master V8
Cooler Master Storm Sniper
A huge thank you goes out to the entire tech community and their help on countless forums. It was through those guys, and the splendid Newegg reviews that I found out about enabling AHCI and other necessary "SSD-checklists".
Here are a few additional tips I found to speed up boot time even further (I used them all, and they increased write speed on this SSD to the advertised 500MB/s, up from 250 MB/s):
- unplug as many USB devices from your motherboard as you can afford. For example, I only plug in the Apple USB charger when I need it. Same goes for my webcam and printer cable
- disable all boot devices except for the hard drive. For instance, disabling the optical drive as a boot drive helps a lot I think
- this may apply to a few people only: use the correct SATA 6Gb/s ports. My Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 has two white and two grey SATA 6Gb/s ports, and apparently the white ones are powered by the Z68 chipset, the two other ones are Marvell.
- and of course the AHCI thingy =)
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