Crucial P5 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review


SPECworkstation 3 Benchmark

The SPECworkstation 3 was introduced in 2018 and features 30 workloads containing nearly 140 tests. The developer updated the storage workloads that are based on traces of nearly two-dozen applications. We ran the storage workload (WPCstorge) and are using the results from just three of the tests to show the performance difference between the SSDs that we are testing. Individual scores are generated for each test and a composite score for each category is calculated based on a reference machine, yielding a “bigger is better” result. We are using the actual ‘raw score’ result in three tests that we want to show actual transfer rates rather than a composite score.

The first workload that we will be showing is a trace that uses Microsoft Visual Studio to compile a build of Mozilla Firefox browser. The Crucial P5 1T NVMe SSD finished this workload with a read speed of 956.7 MB/s. This result was actually behind the value oriented Crucial P2 500GB DRAM-less drive, which was interesting to say the least.

The next trace involves a Handbrake transcode and the Crucial P5 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD finished with 514.1 MB/s read and 194.0 MB/s write speeds, which was way better than the Crucial P2 500GB drive as it scored 346.8 MB/s read and 130.8 MB/s write.

In the 7zip workload the Crucial P5 1TB drive finished with a read speed of 2,611.7 MB/s and 110.2 MB/s write.