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Crucial m4 mSATA 256GB SSD Review

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Features

  •  Award-winning performance. Tiny form factor: Measuring in at about one-third the size of a standard business card (3cm x 5cm), the Crucial m4 mSATA is designed primarily for ultrathin laptop users who want to dramatically increase their system’s performance. Featuring the same advanced controller technology, Micron custom firmware and high-speed synchronous MLC NAND that have made the Crucial m4 SSD a mainstay on the market, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD is engineered to deliver the same blazing-fast performance as our award-winning 2.5-inch SSD – in a smaller mSATA form factor
  • Ultrathin form factor means flexibility: Because of its tiny mSATA form factor, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD can do things that hard drives and other SSDs often can’t. With the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD, save valuable system space by mounting it directly to the mSATA socket on your motherboard – and free up a hard drive bay in the process. Or just keep your existing hard drive and use the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD as a cache to accelerate the system’s performance. Validated for Intel® Smart Response Technology and NVELO Dataplex™ caching software, it’s designed to work as a cache or as a standalone SSD for ultrathin laptops.
  • Consistently fast speeds. No exceptions and no fine print: Unlike other SSDs on the market, Crucial SSDs treat all files the same, regardless of whether they’re compressed or uncompressed. This is important because the files most people use everyday – videos, mp3s, advanced graphics files and zip files – are compressed files and thus unable to be compressed any further. While many SSDs on the market achieve faster speeds by using file compression, many of the most common file types can’t be compressed, resulting in SSDs that often deliver drastically slower speeds than originally advertised. With the advanced technology of a Crucial SSD, however, our advertised speeds are tied to real world use.
  • Crucial – quality you can depend on: Crucial is a trusted name when it comes to SSDs, and that’s no coincidence. As a brand of Micron, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of SSDs, Crucial engineers work tirelessly to design, refine, and support a powerful line of SSDs.

Specifications

Capacity (Unformatted) 256GB
Memory Type Micron MLC NAND Flash memory
Form Factor mSATA
Interface SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III)
Controller Marvell with Micron Custom Firmware
Sequential Read 500MB/s
Sequential Write 260MB/s
4KB Random Read 45,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write 50,000 IOPS
MTBF 1.2 million hours
Endurance 72TB Total Bytes Written (TBW), equal to 40GB per day for 5 years
Compliance RoHS, CE, FCC, UL, BSMI, C-TICK, KCC RRL, W.E.E.E., TUV, VCCI, IC

 

Closer Look

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The m4 mSATA drive came to us in very basic packaging with just a little bit of drive information on the front sticker.
The drive itself is not wrapped in any sort of aluminum case like a regular SSD, rather it is just the bare chips on PCB.

Crucial m4 mSATA

To give you an idea of exactly how tiny this drive is, we put it next to a standard 2.5″ SSD. The mSATA drive take up about a quarter as much area and is about half as thick as the regular SSD.

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