Crucial M550 512GB SSD Review

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Real World Copy & Boot Tests

File Copy Times Via Teracopy 2.27:

One of the most common operations performed on a PC is moving/copying files. Using a free application called Teracopy, we copied large numbers of two file types from one folder to another on the same drive. Teracopy allows us to objectively measure the time of transfer and using the same drive prevents other devices from tainting the outcome. The operation requires the drive to perform both sustained read and writes simultaneously. The first set of files is a 5GB collection of JPG’s of variable size and compression levels with a few movie (.MOV) files thrown in for good measure since most cameras now take video as well as stills. The second is a collection of MP3 files of various sizes which totals 5GB collectively. These file types were chosen due to their wide use and mixture of file sizes and compression levels.

Crucial M550 512GB JPG COPY

Benchmark Results: Excellent copy times for the M550 with a slight improvement over the M500 so we definitely see a real world performance increase.

Filecopy Chart

Windows Boot Times Via BootRacer:

Windows start up/shutdown time is always something people are interested in and we haven’t done it in a while because there was little variation with the majority of the SSDs. We recently began using an application called BootRacer to objectively measure the start up times of the drives. All of the instances of Windows were identical and freshly installed with only the video driver installed.

Crucial M550 512GB Boot Racer

Benchmark Results: With Windows boot times, the variances are small for most SSDs but it’s a good test to make sure there are no hiccups in performance as there are lot of reads/writes happening during boot. Certainly no complaints here.

Boot Chart

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