Crucial CT512M550SSD4 512GB M550 M.2 Type 2280 Internal SSD
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- Secure and protect your data with no loss in performance
- Native write acceleration
- Adaptive thermal protection, power loss protection and data path protection
- Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART) and Error Correction Code (ECC)
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A breakthrough in innovation, the Crucial M550 SSD is over 20 times faster than a typical hard drive and consumes significantly less power. It enables your computer to boot up almost immediately, load files and programs almost instantly, accelerate demanding applications, and manage power more efficiently so your battery lasts longer. Backed by the most advanced feature set available - Native Write Acceleration, RAIN technology, Adaptive Thermal Protection, hardware-based encryption, and our exclusive data integrity algorithm - the Crucial M550 delivers a complete performance gain that's measured by far more than just specs.
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The drive came in an anti-static bag without any instructions. That's okay for me as I knew (roughly) what to do, but it's clearly not being sold as a consumer drive yet. It's simple enough though: locate the M.2 socket on the motherboard (near the front of the case with the SATA ports, check your motherboard instructions), remove the screw a few inches to the left, clip the drive into the socket (it will only go in one way) then use the screw to fix the other end into place (don't tighten it too much).
I've had no problems with the drive. But one thing to note is that these can get VERY HOT. They have no heatsinks, unlike PCI-E SSDs.Read more ›
Down side: this product is using SATA route which means its nothing different than SATA version, both them get the AS SSD Benchmark score around 970-1000. So it is not playing all the power of M.2, and also not working well like other SSD using PCIE route. Waiting for the PCIE version if you are looking for higher performance SSD.
This is the OEM version, despite its high price (almost 2x 2.5" SATA) it came in a transparent box with nothing else - and in a standard Amazon untraceable envelope! Not really value for money - but at this time Crucial's own website does not sell them so not much choice!
The M550 is the "high-end" update of the M500 that uses newer flash (still MLC not TLC) but restores the "old sizes" (aka 512 vs. 480, 256 vs 240). It should also provide better performance but whether you need it is debatable - at this size (512GB+) the write speeds are not that different as on smaller sizes.
Performance wise it scores pretty much the same as SATA600 or mSATA, saturating the bus for reads (~510MB/s) and very high writes (~480MB/s) thus you're really paying for the smaller size.
Unlike other SSDs this one has a temperature sensor via SMART and this reports pretty high temperatures, e.g. during Windows Update installation of many patches it reached 55C! In "normal" use it runs at more normal 35C. However many SSDs do not report their temperatures (unlike HDDs) thus they may run hot but you don't know it!
It naturally support "Device Sleep" / DIPM like most modern mSATA and M.2/NGFF SSDs to reduce power.
NOTE that even Windows 8.1, 8, 7 don't have DIPM (device initiated power management) enabled by default for "Balanced" plans.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
usual very fast M2 drive, using it as USB 3 'pen drive'Published 13 months ago by Dr S Ijzaal H Zaidi
Fastest hard drive I've ever used. Setup experience was same as a regular hard disk, so don't worry about M.2 being different if you're used to SATA.Published 21 months ago by M. MacCana