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"Just Get It" - By WStevenson (Maine, North America)
I was using a Corsair Force 3, which is very good, but I wanted to clone it "just in case". The Corsair Neutron GTX with 128M cache and Toggle NAND just Screams! My Win7/64_Pro Experience Quotient even went up from a 7.8 to a 7.9 Used in conjunction with "Macrium Reflect" backup software and integrated cloning tool, the whole operation took 17 minutes. Corsair Rules!
"Freezes and other issues--drive replaced" - By Amazon Customer (Herndon, VA)
SAVE YOUR PACKAGING--you might want to return it.
So this drive is blazingly fast when it works for me--which is most, but not all, of the time. Sometimes (once or twice a day) it just randomly freezes for a couple of minutes; sometimes I give up and reboot. Apparently (according to Google) this just happens with some SSDs and there doesn't seems to be a clear fix. The most recommended solution is a clean install of Windows--which is a lot to ask if you're not putting it in a brand new system.
The other issue, common to SSDs, apparently, is that they really don't like whole disk encryption. Subjectively, it cut the improvement in drive performance over my conventional disk in half. Mind you, it's still faster, just not as wonderfully fast.
My system was IO bound before, even with the hit for ... full review
Note that with 62% free space remaining, performance is substantially below manufacturer's specifications. I'm fairly confident that more recent SSDs on the market would retain more performance at this capacity.
"Decent SSD but not perfect (Maybe newer firmware will help)" - By J. Wollens
The installation of this 250GB EVO SSD into my laptop was a breeze. I installed windows from scratch and did not migrate anything. The Windows 7 64 bit install disk recognized it just fine and it functioned like any other disk (Just faster).
Since I have 16GB of ram I enabled the RAPID Caching mode. After running all of the performance optimization features in the Magician software here are my numbers. Three of them are good one of the four isn't great.
Date 8/30/13: System is a Second Gen I7 Laptop with 16GB of DDR3 Ram, AHCI turned on and a Full 6GB/s capable Sata bus:
Sequential Read: 875 out of 540 max (Higher because of RAPID mode) Sequential Write: 1091 out of 520 Max (Higher because of RAPID mode) Random Read IOPS: 70117 out of 97000 max (Multiple tests range from ... full review
"Great SSD from a trustworthy brand" - By C. Burnum (Idaho, USA)
We have been using Crucial SSDs in hundreds of client computers since the M4 model several years ago, including the M500 that this model replaces. As other reviewers have mentioned, the price vs. performance is very hard to beat. Add that to the enterprise class features like built in encryption and a 3 year warranty and you have a great deal. We rarely use anything else!
Also note that Crucial uses Micron Technology memory. Support an American based company and buy Crucial over other brands like Samsung.
"Just a word of warning about this particular SSD" - By W. Sumner
Kingston seems to have pulled a Samsung and entered this device into the infamous hardware lottery. if you have version 5.05 of this device, then you are good to go and will achieve all rated speeds, power consumption, etc for it. This version of the device is manufactured in Taiwan.
As of version 5.06, it is a total crapshoot if you will get a good drive manufactured in Taiwan or one from their other manufacturing sites in China. The mainland Chinese versions to put it nicely, don't even come close to the rated read/write speeds for this particular device, with write speeds falling from the advertised rate to a max of 240 mb/s on SATA III (device is officially rated at over 500 mb/s write speeds and the 5.05 version regularly achieves 540 mb/s).
There are similar warnings and whatnot about this issue about the drive on other ... full review
There's nothing I can really say that hasn't been said by other reviewers, but I feel Crucial really needs to promote more heavily the fact the m500 has ceramic capacitors (ceramic caps).
The m500 isn't the fastest SSD on the block, but for me it has one big feature going for it. It has ceramic caps, a similar feature that's common in enterprise-class drives with super capacitors. In layman's terms, a ceramic capacitor is essentially a rechargeable battery with a very small current capacity. What's useful about those? When the power goes out, the SSD will use the charge from the ceramic caps to finish what it was doing and power off. It doesn't happen very often, but a SSD can have issues (can even brick) if the power goes out while it's in the middle of doing something critical. I know of ... full review