Crucial M550 512GB 2.5inch SATAIII SSD - £194.99 - eBuyer - HotUKDeals
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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.

Consistently fast speeds. No exceptions.

Every manufacturer has ideas about how to deliver better performance. Some use file compression schemes, but those don’t help video, audio, or graphic files that are already compressed. Some steal system memory to improve a slow drive. The Crucial M550 treats all files the same, regardless of whether they’re compressed or uncompressed, so the specs we advertise are the same ones you’ll see in real world use: true 550 MB/s sequential reads across all file types.

Save on power costs and enjoy longer battery life.

Run your system longer than ever before – and use less power. Based on published specs, a common laptop hard drive uses 2.5 watts of power on an average workload, compared to 0.15 watts on the Crucial M550 (which is up to 94% more energy efficient).** In everyday terms, this means significantly more battery life and substantial savings on power costs.

Secure and protect your data – with no loss in performance.

You probably save lots of sensitive and personal information on your computer – encrypt it and keep it safe. As a self-encrypting drive, the Crucial M550 incorporates the highest level of hardware encryption into the controller, allowing the drive to operate at full speed without the performance loss associated with software-based encryption. The Crucial M550 is one of the only drives on the market to meet the rigorous requirements of TCG Opal 2.0, IEEE-1667, and Microsoft® eDrive®.

Micron quality – a higher level of reliability.

As a brand of Micron, one of the largest flash storage manufacturers in the world, the Crucial M550 is backed by the same quality and innovation that has produced some of the world’s most advanced memory and storage technologies. With over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing and hundreds of SSD qualification tests, the Crucial M550 has been thoroughly tried, tested, and proven for the most demanding applications.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Load files and programs almost instantly
Boot up almost immediately
Accelerate demanding applications
Download massive files in seconds rather than minutes
Manage power so your battery lasts longer
Encrypt and protect personal data against loss or theft
Achieve top speeds without sacrificing reliability
Store lots of data – available in capacities up to 1TB

Specifications

Capacity - 512GB
Sequential Read MB/s - 550
Sequential Read MB/s - 500
Random Read IOPS - 95K
Random Write IOPS - 85k
SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3Gb/s compatible)
2.5-inch (7mm) with 7mm-9.5mm adapter
20nm Micron MLC NAND Flash
Controller - Marvell 88SS9189 with Micron Custom Firmware
Life Expectancy (MTTF) - 1.5 million hours
Endurance - 72TB total bytes written (TBW), Equal to 40GB per day for 5 years
Operating Temperature - 0°C to 70°C
Firmware - User upgradeable firmware
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#1
The Seagate 600 is a better drive and cheaper at eBuyer: http://www.ebuyer.com/516960-seagate-600-series-480gb-2-5inch-sata-iii-ssd-st480hm000
#2
Most of the reviews I've seen put this and the MX100 quite close together in performance. It begs the question of what you get for the extra £50 with the M550...?
#3
What more does it do comparing to the cheaper Mx100. There is probably not much difference to warrant the extra £50.

weiran
The Seagate 600 is a better drive and cheaper at eBuyer: http://www.ebuyer.com/516960-seagate-600-series-480gb-2-5inch-sata-iii-ssd-st480hm000

What do you mean by better? Better looking? Smaller size? Or what specifically.
#4
roycom
Most of the reviews I've seen put this and the MX100 quite close together in performance. It begs the question of what you get for the extra £50 with the M550...?

Exactly. You were just a little faster than me :)
1 Like #5
Good drive but voted cold as there is no real justification in paying £50 more for this over the MX100...
#6
naodai_mmx
What do you mean by better? Better looking? Smaller size? Or what specifically.

The Seagate has much more consistent performance than any other SSD in its price range, which mean the worst case performance is far better than this Crucial. You have to get something like the new Sandisk Extreme Pro or Samsung 850 Pro to beat it.

Review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6935/seagate-600-ssd-review
1 Like #7
weiran
The Seagate 600 is a better drive and cheaper at eBuyer: http://www.ebuyer.com/516960-seagate-600-series-480gb-2-5inch-sata-iii-ssd-st480hm000

I've got a 128 Crucial, 256 Samsung and the Seagate 600, and you know what, I can't tell the difference between them, despite the paper specifications being so different. Though I don't run benchmarks as they're largely irrelevant to the average user.

Wouldn't spend a significant premium on the supposed slight performance improvement over cheaper alternatives, certainly wouldn't spend a 22% premium for this particular drive.

mike

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