- SATA III
This will only become a buyer's remorse. 01/01/2014
This review is from: Crucial M4 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT512M4SSD2
I picked this up at a time when it was listed at a fairer price of 78 cents per gigabyte. It technically offers everything an SSD is expected to offer*. *But see below.
The longevity of this drive (512GB 070H firmware) is terrible. I was naive and wrote a positive review before I had enough time to learn how poorly the M4 performs.
My first M4 continually slowed down (full I/O usage according to task manager while I was doing nothing) causing my system to stutter. It eventually died after only a month of usage.
My second M4 replacement from RMA still is slow to respond and feels overall like a downgrade in performance from my old mechanical 7200 RPM drive. It's throughput is still good but I often find myself waiting on simple things like the Context Menu (mouse right click) or opening of folder contents. But this one hasn't died... yet.
If you buy this, it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY that you keep regular backups of your data. These drives will die without warning. I regret ever buying an M4 and I'm completely appalled that Newegg thinks these are deserving of a price hike. If anything, they should be cheaper considering the above.
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