Crucial CT128M4SSD2 Solid State Drive (SSD)

We are only as fast as our slowest component. This becomes more apparent when we look at our HDDs, (Hard Disk Drives). This one simple little computer component will either make us or break us. The major areas that HDDs have a great influence on is the load up time of our Operating Systems, and application load times. If you happen to running on a slow HDD, then you are going to be there for while. One of the many ways we computer users can help alleviate our HDD bottlenecks is by running a RAID Array, basically hook up multiple HDDs in one seemingly large HDD to increase the performance. But this little tactic will only get you so far, and it does not matter how many HDDs you hook up in a RAID Array you are still at the mercy of a single little old HDD.

SSDs on the other hand do not have the limitations of their HDDs counterparts do. So it is only natural that SSDs operate faster, and this in turns reduces the amount of time it takes our Operating System to load up, as well as decrease the time it takes our programs to load. The only true limitation when it comes to SSDs is us the user.

We just so happen to have a SSD from Crucial here at the DGC. That SSD is none other than a CT128M4SSD2 that fully supports the SATA 6Gb/s interfacing. Now does this SSD have what it takes to keep up with a RAID 0 Array of Seagate Momentus 320 HDDs? There is only one way to find out, and that is hook it up and see what it can do.

Packaging

Lets see how Crucial packaged up the CT128M4SSD2.

Crucial does give us plenty of information about this SSD, and that this SSD uses a SATA 6Gb/s interfacing, and that this SSD is also backward compatible to the SATA 3Gb/s interfacing. All of this information is located on the backside of the packaging.

Opening up the box we are greeted with a the SSD in a plastic holder while the SSD itself is in a anti-static bag. Nothing great, but it is enough to ensure this SSD will not get harmed during the rigors of shipping.

A quick comparison of the Crucial CT128M4SSD2 to a standard 3.5″ HDD.

Crucial kept the overall presentation of their SSD rather simple, the one thing that got me is that what I thought would be the top is the bottom. I am referring to the graphic that Crucial uses on this SSD is on the bottom of the drive and not on the top. Nothing worth docking points off just something I thought that should be shared.

Specifications

  • Model CT128M4SSD2
  • Physical Form Factor 2.5″
  • Capacity 128GB
  • Memory Components MLC
  • Interface SATA III backwards Compatible SATA II
  • Width 3.95″
  • Depth 2.75″ x 0.37″
  • Weight 0.17 lbs.
  • Sustained Sequential Read to 415 MB/s (SATA 6Gb/s)
  • Sustained Sequential Write to 175 MB/s (SATA 6Gb/s)
  • MTBF 1,200,000 hours
  • Random 4k Read: 40,000 IOPS
  • Random 4k Write: 35,000 IOPS
  • Integrated 8-channel single chip Controller
  • Self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART) command set
  • RAID Support
  • Average Access Time < 0.1 ms
  • Power Consumption (Idle) < 85 mW
  • Power Consumption (Active) 0.15W
  • Max Shock Resistance 1500G
  • Manufacturer Warranty
  • Parts 3 years limited
  • Labor 3 years limited

Testing methodology

Test Bed

CPU Core i7 970
Motherboard MSI X58A-GD65
Case Case, what case?
Memory Crucial Ballistx
Video Card Sapphire 5870, MSI 6970
Hard Drives 1 Crucial 128 Gig SSD, 4 x Seagate Momentus 320 HDD in RAID 0, 1 Western Digital 1 TB HDD
CDROM Drive Lite-On Blu-ray
Power Supply Power Cooling 950 Watt
CPU Speeds Used 4.2GHz
Operating System Used Microsoft Windows 7
Video Card Cooler
2 times 6970 Koolance 697 Water Cooling
CPU Cooler
Heatkiller

For testing purposes, I will run each benchmark 3 times and take worst results of those runs. I will be comparing the Crucial CT128M4SSD2 up against my Seagates Momentus HDDs in RAID 0 (This RAID Array has four 320 Gig HDDs), and also be using a single 320 Gig HDD. The HDD tests will be using a SATA 3 Gb/s interface. The CT128M4SSD2 Will be ran on both SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s interfacing, the reason for this is because the Marvell SATA 6Gb/s controller does not work properly on my MSI X58A-GD65 motherboard. There have been reports of other motherboards having issues using the Marvel SATA 6Gb/s controller. So I will have to use my Laptops SATA 6Gb/s interfacing for the SATA 6Gb/s runs, That Laptop is none other then my HP Pavillion DVB6-6135DX (Review can be found HERE). So the results may be slightly off from what a desktop computer performance levels.

I will be posting the actual Screen Shots of the benchmark runs I performed on this review, except one and that one is TeraCopy. I forgot to get the SS of these runs. With out further ado, lets see how the Crucial CT128M4SSD2 performs.

The Benchmarks

  • ATTO
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 64 bit
  • HD Tune Pro
  • AS SSD Benchmark
  • TeraCopy

The Results

ATTO

 RAID 0 Seagate

4 X 320 Momentus

Single Seagate

320 Momentus

 Crucial 128 Gig SSD

SATA 3Gb/s

 Crucial 128 Gig SSD

SATA 6Gb/s

ATTO is always a good starting point for any HDD/SSD testing. Looking at the chart, we can see that during the 0.5 Read, 128 Write, and the 8192 Write testing the RAID’ Seagate Momentus’ out performed the Crucial CT128M4SSD2. But during the 0.5 Write, 128 Read, 8192 Read testing, the Crucial CT128M4SSD2  clearly smokes the RAID’ Seagate Momentus’ HDDs, while on both interfaces of SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 64 bit

RAID 0 Seagate

4 X 320 Momentus

Single Seagate

320 Momentus

Crucial 128 Gig SSD

SATA 3Gb/s

Crucial 128 Gig SSD

SATA 6Gb/s

Time to move onto another popular HDD/SSD benchmark CrystalDiskMark 3. The only time the RAID’ Seagate Momentus HDDs even stood a chance was during the Sequential testing. SSDs have always shown exceptional performance when it pertains to the smaller 4K file sizes.

Turing our attenion over to the Write portion of testing, once again the only time the RAID’ drives had a chance was during the Sequential testing, But this time the RTAID’ drives showed the SSD who is the boss. Turning our attention to the 512K and the 4K testing, no HDDs will be able to keep up with this SSD.

HD Tune Pro Benchmark

RAID 0 Seagate

4 X 320 Momentus

Single Seagate

320 Momentus

Crucial 128 Gig SSD

SATA 3Gb/s

Crucial 128 Gig SSD

SATA 6Gb/s

By looking at both of the charts and the SS up above, we can see that the Crucial CT128M4SSD2  is capable of giving us a consistent performance (Flat line) vs then having the performance start to dip the longer we work the HDDs.  I had to put the Burst rate of the RAID’ Seagate Momentus HDDs to 0 becausefor some reason the burst rate I was getting with HD Tune did not seem quite right, I realize that having a 4 RAID’ HDDs is fast, but they are not that damn fast.

Can we say the Crucial CT128M4SSD2  is quick.

AS SSD

RAID 0 Seagate

4 X 320 Momentus

Single Seagate

320 Momentus

Crucial 128 Gig SSD

SATA 3Gb/s

Crucial 128 Gig SSD

SATA 6Gb/s

On the AS SSD testing the Crucial CT128M4SSD2  shows it superiority during the Read portion of testing. Word of warning, you do not want to perform this test on standard HDDs, because the 4K testing will take forever.

Now this time on the Sequential Write part of testing on AS SSD the RAID’ Seagate HDDs clearly pulled out a win. But in the 4K tests, the Crucial CT128M4SSD2  CLearly decimates the competition. Now keep in mind, the Crucial SSD on the SATA 6Gb/s interfacing is being tested on a Laptop, if I was able to properly test this SSD on a desktop SATA 6Gb/s interface the performance numbers will be different.

I can barely see the little bars on the Crucial CT128M4SSD2, the compared HDDs make them look like little slivers.

TeraCopy

This is my realworld testing. TeraCopy gives me the ability of being able to see how long it takes to copy a set of files from one place on the HDD/SSD, and move it to another spot on the HDD/SSD. In this case, I took my entire collection of MP3’s that comes in at a semi hefty size of 11.21 Gigabytes in size. I then moved these MP3s from my Music folder in my User profile folder, then moved the entire contents to the primary Directory of the C: Drive. As we can see that the Crucail SSD does quite well on being to move a large file from spot to another fairly quickly. The RAID’ Seagates also did quite well and as able to keep up with the Crucial CT128M4SSD2 while it was on the SATA 3Gb/s interface.

Since I was able to test this SSD out on another laptop that has a bit better SATA 6Gb/s controller, I will list those performance numbers below. These numbers are directly from my Review of the HP 8560w Workstation HERE.

As we can see by putting this SSD on a better SATA 6Gb/s controller our performance numbers get a bit more of a boost.

Final Thoughts

What are my thoughts of the Crucial CT128M4SSD2? My personal opinion is that this SSD performs quite well, and was able to keep up with the times 4 RAID Seagate Momentus HDDs I have been running for quite some time, while I was using this SSD on the SATA 3Gb/s interface. When I put this on the somewhat limited SATA 6Gb/s controller on the Laptop, the compared HDDs did not stand a chance. Which brings me to another point, that we have the flexability of being able to use this SSD on both types of interfaces of SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s.

Also a SSD will help ou ton in performance area, is boot up time with our Laptop and desktop computers. Because there is no moving parts on the SSD, the SSD can access the information a lot quicker. Therefore, decreasing our boot up times. I been using this SSD on my Laptop for the time being and I notice a significant reduction on boot up time vs the Seagate Momentus HDD I am/was using in it. It will not be in there for much longer, as it will be put on my main computer soon enough.

I give the Crucial CT128M4SSD2 an overall rating of 9 out of Ten and the

Golden Dragon Award

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5 responses to “Crucial CT128M4SSD2 Solid State Drive (SSD)

  1. I have the same HP DV6-6135dx Laptop that I have just bought. I am curious if the internal SATA controller support only SATA2 or SATA 3 6GB Because I will upgrade the stock HDD too a SSD soon? Thanks for the review 🙂
    Jay

      • Thanks, That’s good news. I have a SATA 2 SSD Corsair Force series in my older DV4 & it is real fast, a lot faster than my Momentous XT in the same system. I know they (SATA2)is not quite as fast as SATA3, So I will look forward too upgrading the new system. I think there are 2nd HDD Bays That replace the Disk-Drive avail as well. I have one in my DV4 I got from http://www.newmodeus.com/ & it works great with my SSD. I have SSD as primary “for os & boot “, & the Momentous XT in the adapter bay”for storage”. So best of both there, Killer fast on Linux & Gaming.
        Thanks Again.

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