Product on Review: Crucial P1 SSD
Street Price: 500GB - £99.99 / $109.99 - 1000GB - £199.99 / $219.99
Crucial are well established within the memory and flash storage sector, producing some of the best SSDs and RAM kits available, however, up to now, their M.2 storage options were limited to the SATA interface, bottlenecking speeds to 560MB/s read and 510MB/s write. Today we look at the latest innovation from Crucial, the P1 NVMe SSD.
This huge step forward for Crucial allows drives to go from speeds of around 500MB/s to almost four times that, mainly due to the NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) interface; a much more efficient and well-tuned way to access data within a drive. Throughput is of course important, but queueing access requests and latency is also important, which is another strong-suit of NVMe. SATA can organise a single queue, with 32 requests within that queue, whereas NVMe is capable of 65535 queues with 65535 requests in each queue. A fairly considerable difference, we’re sure you’ll agree.
The Crucial P1 arrives in three different capacities, 500GB, 1000GB and 2000GB and offers speeds up to 2000MB/s read and 1750MB/s write. We also see random 4k IOPS up to 250,000 in both directions. We’re testing out the 1000GB model today, to give a good idea of rough performance of the three models.
Longevity is also built into the drive, with wear ratings of 100TB, 200TB and 400TB respectively for the 500GB, 1000GB and 2000GB drives. This equates to around 54GB/109GB/219GB per day for 5 years. There’s also a 5-year warranty with the P1 for extra peace of mind.
We’ve looked at plenty of SSDs from Crucial in the past, so we’re excited to find out how their first NVMe offering holds up. Read on for more.
Crucial on the P1 SSD:
Whether you are trying to get in the game faster or store all your precious memories, the Crucial® P1 SSD delivers. Capacities start at 500GB and scale to 2TB. Accelerate performance with the latest NVMe™ PCIe® technology. The P1 is designed to be the only storage upgrade you need — storage, speed, and dependability. Accelerate everything.