Crucial P1 1TB, the manufacturer’s first NVMe SSD! Config Board |Specs | Price

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Crucial P1 1TB, the manufacturer’s first NVMe SSD! Config Board
| Specs | Price

Introduction

Hi all!

It’s been a while since we last had an SSD to test in the editorial office, and it’s not just any that we’re going to present to you today. Crucial, which is not at its first attempt in the SSD market, offers us its very first M.2 model in PCI-E version, the P1! This SSD is intended above all for “classic” users, by that mean anyone with office use, games or anything that is not akin to a database server and / or heavy processing. made. It is available in several models, ranging from 500 GB to 2 TB, we are going to offer you an overview of the 1 TB version.
Offered at around 230 €, it is the cheapest NVMe SSD, let’s see what it has in its belly!

Characteristics

Model name Crucial MX500 1 To
Capacity 1 To
Format M.2
Dimensions 8 x 2,2 cm
Interface PCI-E
Nand Micron QLC
Sequential Read Up to 2000 MB / s
Sequential Write Up to 1700 MB / s
Random read IOPS Up to 170,000 IOPS
IOPS Random Write Up to 240,000 IOPS
Endurance 200 TB (i.e. 109 GB per day for 5 years)
MTBF 1,800,000 hours
Guarantee 5 years
Price ~ 230€ TTC
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The Crucial P1 1TB is therefore an SSD in M.2 format, 8 cm long by 2.2 cm wide and operating via a PCI-E (NVMe) interface. The theoretical performances go up to 2 Gb / s in drive for 1700 Mb / s in writing, we already see in the assembly of people decrying these figures by saying that the Samsuing 970 Evo for example arrives at much more than that, but like d Usually, theory and practice are two completely different things. For example, and before we even try the beast, we can tell you (barring a hardware issue) that there will be no difference in everyday use. The number of IOPS is also high, with 170,000 read versus 240,000 write. Compared to a Sata SSD this data is clearly enormous, the latter hardly reaching 560 MB / s of maximum speed for less than 100,000 IOPS.
At the beginning, the first SSDs were equipped with SLC memory, one bit was stored per cell, the MLC which arrived later stored two bits, followed by TLC (three bits per cell) and now QLC, four bits per cell! This has the effect of being able to store a lot more information on the same chip, thus saving room for the same capacity and lowering the prices, which is part of the reason why SSD prices are plummeting. recently. The consequence however being a lower endurance, but is it really that bad?
Indeed, the Crucial P1 1TB is given for an endurance of 200TB, or 109GB per day for 5 years. Even if this again falls short of some competitive models, if you write so much data every day then it goes well beyond the scope of typical desktop PC use.

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Unpacking and presentation

The box is tiny, not that it changes much you will tell us! We can not say that the extravagance is characteristic of the P1, with on the front face the logo of the brand, the name of the model, the mention of the PCI-E NVMe interface as well as its capacity, only the main one! At the back, we learn that data transfer software is available on the manufacturer’s internet support. There is also mention of the 5 year warranty, we can even see the beast inside through a small square that acts as a window.

Inside we come across a quick installation guide as well as the SSD in a plastic mold, Crucial only does in practice!


Here is the beast! There isn’t much to say about the SSD itself. Indeed, all M.2 SSDs are very similar, we find here two memory chips of 512 GB to make the 1 TB for which the Crucial P1 is sold. On the back we see that there are two empty slots, the 2TB model will definitely be full.

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