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"The Crucial M500 solid state drive is fast - but not the fastest, and powerful - but not the most powerful. That doesn't mean it doesn't hold up well to the competition, most of which lacking the hardware features and value. A smaller 20nm NAND Flash component frees up PCB real-estate and enable higher density (128MB) ICs to fit, reducing manufacturing material costs and thereby reducing product prices. An advanced 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption engine secures data, while 'Hold-Up' capacitors ensure that data's integrity in the event of power loss. An adaptive thermal monitoring system with on-board thermistor and microcontroller is certainly a useful feature for ultrathin and embedded designs, but the device sleep (DEVSLP) function that draws less than 5-milliwatts of power while in sleep mode is a 93% power improvement over previous-generation SSDs. Collectively these features and functions add to the already noteworthy performance, and earn the Crucial M500 SSD our Golden Tachometer Award for excellence."
"Bottom line, the dawn of the 1TB SSD is here and with a very well thought through choice of components including a new 128Gbit die that offers up cheaper cost per GB, the M500 is not only worth the large cost, but its got the performance to match too."
"Fortunately, while there are faster drives available, there are few which are as well balanced as the M500 480GB. Unless blistering speed is your only priority, the its unique blend of characteristics will make this an excellent choice for a broad range of consumers. If you are in the market for a mega-sized SSD which has neither a budget-busting price tag nor is lacking in performance, the Crucial M500 480GB deserves serious consideration."
"The Crucial M500 gave an impressively solid performance, and the drive was able to maintain very high overall performance even when it was pushed for more than two hours of continuous read/writes."
"If you need a very large capacity SSD and don't want to break the bank, then the Crucial M500 960GB is your best bet."