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Pros: I dropped this drive into my ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus, Ryzen 5600X, 32GB DDR4 3200 based build, running Windows 10 Pro, and had no issues with setup or detection. This drive was installed and setup to store some of the Steam and EA games I play the most. Such as Battlefield 4, ARK, Valheim, and the Borderlands games.
A quick CDM test shows the P5 Plus is not intended to be the absolute fastest Gen 4 drive currently available, as it is outperformed by other offerings, but it's no slouch either. As you can see from the numbers, it still delivers great Gen 4 NVME performance. My sequential read/write results seem to be on par with others, using CDM 8.0.4.
Q8T1 1M: ~ 6718MB/s
Q1T1 1M: ~ 4445MB/s
Q8T1 1M: ~ 4694MB/s
Q1T1 1M: ~ 4681MB/s
In all the aforementioned games, there was no noticeable difference in load times when compared to my WD Black SN850, even though the P5 Plus is an overall slower drive. Honestly, at these speeds, it's hard to notice much difference outside of benchmarks.
Crucial also offers it's own storage software package, Storage Executive, that includes a feature called "Momentum Cache" specifically for their drives. Basically, it's a DRAM caching tool similar to Samsung's "Rapid", where you utilize some of your system RAM as cache, then it dumps to the NVME drive afterwords, giving you a boost in performance. How much of a boost you see will differ based on your configuration of course and a feature worth playing with to see what you can squeeze out of it.
The Storage Executive package also contains all the features and utilities you expect, including drive monitoring and diagnostics, firmware updating, formatting and sanitizing, over-provisioning, etc.
Cons: None at the time of review.
Overall Review: Overall, I think the P5 Plus is a good drive to have on the market, even without being anything super special. It gives shoppers another choice when searching for NVME storage, and that's always a good thing in my opinion.
In closing, I could not feel any difference in performance between this drive and my WD Black after using it for several days, even though the WD drive is clearly faster. So I have no problems recommending this Crucial P5 Plus.
Pros: Great upgrade from standard ssd. No hiccups in Windows 10. Stable. Brisker feel, high throughput.
8 channel design. New Micron in-house controller DMO1B2 and memory chips. About 1.26 gb/s. Adaptive cache.
5 year warranty. Stylish look. Mid-range pricepoint.
Cons: Older motherboards need an adapter. Screws are small. Need patience to install.
Overall Review: Instead of a standard ssd, money is better spent going the m.2 2280 route. Tackles everyday task with aplomb.
Pros: I am amazed at how fast NVMe drives have come in general, but the Crucial P5 Plus has me in a bit of awe. You can see the CrystalDiskMark attached to this review to see the benchmarks with both the default test parameters as well as the NVMe SSD parameters built in to CrystalDiskMark. The biggest difference between the two tests is in the third row where in the default test parameters it uses 1 thread as opposed to 16 in the NVMe SSD parameters. The other subtle difference is in test 2 where the default is using Q1T1 and the NVMe SSD is using Q32T1.
Installation was fairly simple, but make sure you use the proper M.2 slot for the best performance, see the last section for details.
Crucial's Storage Executive software for managing the drive is also fairly well done, though a bit bulky for what it is. The software is able to provide temperature and SMART data from the drive and can confirm the driver and PCIe interface details.
For temperatures, the idle temperature for me is between 50-52 degrees, under load it peaked around 69C. Your temperatures may be lower as my M.2 slot sits directly beneath my air-cooled CPU, so while it does get some air flow, its coming from the CPU heatsink. This is without a heatsink installed on this drive, it is simply installed into the connector.
Storage Executive indicates in the SMART data the drive will hit a warning threshold if it hits 80C and transitions to a critical temperature at 82C. The SMART information also tracks how many times and for how long the temperatures have been at the warning and critical temperature thresholds. So it may be beneficial to check it periodically at first to ensure you are keeping under the temperature thresholds with some margin.
Cons: Not much to complain about. It's a storage drive, plug it in (to the right slot) and away you go.
Overall Review: The biggest performance killer on this drive is installing it into a non-optimal slot. To get the full performance, you WILL need PCI Express 4.0 and an x4 lane slot. PCI 3.0 slots will work, but you will see lower transfer speeds. Also, with motherboards that have multiple M.2 slots, you will need to read the manual to see which slot would be better to use. In my motherboard (TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)), both M.2 slots are PCIe 4.0 x4, but one if faster than the other.
In one slot, the sequential READ went from ~6800MB/s -> ~6000MB/s, a loss of around 800MB/s even though the slot had the exact same specs. Why? Because one of the M.2 slots was provided by the CPU, and the other is provided by the X570 chipset. The slot provided by the chipset (M.2_2 in the case of the TUF GAMING X570-PLUS), likely added latency between the CPU and the drive (and likely has to share the bandwidth with other CPU<->Chipset traffic) whereas the other slot (M.2_1) was a direct connection to the CPU.
If you aren't sure which slot to use, just try them and see what slots give you the better performance. Otherwise, look in the manual for your motherboard and see if it says what slots are provided by what chips.
The computer used to perform this test is based on the AMD Ryzen 5600X and the Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WiFi)
Pros: - Exceeded expectations at this price point
- Sequential read speed
- Sustained rate varied, but notable
- Doesn't run quite as hot as some other options
Cons: - Endurance is rather low (comparatively)
- Some types of workloads may not be optimal for this drive
Overall Review: Numbers can sometimes become just that - numbers. To get a good sense of real world application, one should duplicate actual. Replicated some large databases to this and performed both lightweight and intensive activities. Using a PCIe 3.0x4 enterprise (data center grade) drive for baseline database performance. Was expecting far, far worse results - was quite surprised at sustained results given a mix of operations. Considering other consumer grade offerings that were tested in this fashion - it's north of middle. The heuristic of a given workload is key to performance result. Which brings to light a couple consideration points:
- If you're not looking to hit the absolute fastest in every regard, but are looking for a very solid performer - there are options, this definitely being one of them.
- Given the array of options out there, one significant concern is endurance. This drive's, comparatively low endurance, one might argue is its Achilles heal. If you're doing far more read than write, the endurance may be of little concern.
- The drive's obvious sequential performance speaks for itself.
- Would not hesitate to purchase this one of these, especially where its predominantly read performance.
Pros: Single sided
Pretty darn fast
Cons: Not the fastest available
Overall Review: Unlike the other reviewers thus far, I didn't run hard numbers-based speed tests. I know my system isn't fast enough to keep up with this thing's potential. My test PC is a few years old with a smaller (in both physical size and storage capacity) SSD. It turns out the system that I had planned on installing this into couldn't support it, so double check before you buy.
This card is M-keyed. For those not in the know, that means the connector on this card has a slot cut into it in a specific spot that will physically prevent it from fitting into an incompatible M.2 socket. Most sockets these days are probably M-keyed, but others may be B-keyed.
To add further confusion, some M.2 M-keyed boards may not support NVMe; the drive should still work, but at reduced speed.
PCIe addon cards are available that should work with most desktops that can add a compatible socket if needed.
The drive is single sided so it should fit any board that can accommodate a 2280 size M.2
I cloned my installation over to this drive. I did notice a decreased boot time and programs loaded quicker as did my current addiction, Valheim.
Pros: great speed
Cons: Power consumption is average
older MOBOs will not take full advantage from this drive
Overall Review: This drive is fast, everyone's benchmark scores show that.
Wont bother to post those, the internet is full of them, but here is something different that might interest you; I decided to throw it into my external m.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure, the M2PV-C3. This enclosure is pretty good for NVMes. I was surprised that on regular small tests few gig files it did not get too hot, I placed the thermal pad over the controller chip, and the passive heatsink did a great job in keeping the drive cool. And despite that this ranks average in power efficiency it was not too hot to touch during testing. The P5 nvme scores a little better on power efficiency and still I believe the Intel chips are the best for low power consumption and hence lower temperatures which works great for external enclosures.
In the long run this will probably go and replace either the Samsung Evo drive or the intel one in either my laptop or desktop since this drive is far faster then both of them and is priced competitively as well as has a nice warranty.
The external enclosure is the limiting factor for speed, but this external NVMe is the best thing that anyone can build compared to any usb thumb drive these days, and I have been dailying my Corsair Voyager GTX (which is fastest usb drive but not even close to external NVMe drive), and it depends on your systems host controller if you can get the max benefit from latest USB 3.1+ speeds. Important note is that even if write and read sustained speeds are not fast due to mentioned reasons above, you will still benefit from the IOPS and the random read/write, which will blow away any usb thumb drive, and these NVMe ssds are only becoming more popular and cheaper.
Pros: Good packaging not excessive.
Includes screw did not fit my MB standoff
Great sequential read/write performance.
Improvement over other fast M.2 drives.
Cons: Runs hot, even with heatsink
Overall Review: I have several M.2 SSDs; therefore, I was able to do a good apples to apples comparison. Ill compare with my fastest drive on hand: the WD Black SN750.
The WD Black SN750 is a very fast SSD. One difference is the transfer mode. The SN750 has PCIe 3.0 x4 (NVM Express 1.3) vs the P5 Plus PCIe 4.0 x4 (NVM Express 1.4). Newer technology giving it an advantage.
One big disappointment is that the P5 Plus runs really hot. Even when idle, it clocked 43 degrees C vs. the SN750 clocking 42C under light load. Under load during gaming, the P5 Plus reached 52C, which is not critically hot, but it does leave one to worry a bit.
Sequential read performance of the P5 Plus is slightly lower (WD: 3461.657 MB/s, P5: 3418.032 MB/s)
The sequential write performance is higher though (WD: 2984.472 MB/s, P5: 3172.602 MB/s)
And, even higher, are the random reads and writes
WD Black SN750
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3124.571 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1530.260 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 761.930 MB/s [ 186018.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 163.924 MB/s [ 40020.5 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 148.347 MB/s [ 36217.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 110.373 MB/s [ 26946.5 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 20.090 MB/s [ 4904.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 63.548 MB/s [ 15514.6 IOPS]
Crucial P5 Plus
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3418.032 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3172.602 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1230.094 MB/s [ 300315.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 292.030 MB/s [ 71296.4 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 244.739 MB/s [ 59750.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 178.177 MB/s [ 43500.2 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 46.984 MB/s [ 11470.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 83.324 MB/s [ 20342.8 IOPS]
Pros: -Great sequential performance, great medium to large size file transfer and exceptional response times.
Overall Review: This drive was tested on a MSI B450 AM4 gaming board. Win10/board didn't recognize it on boot so i went to Win10 storage spaces/create a storage space which quickly formatted the drive and showed 930GB available space. Going back to devices and drives the SSD showed as 928GB available.
As i stated in the "pros" above: the seq, med/large file transfers and response times are impressive. It would have been nice to see some better performance in the smaller file transfer times and some lower temps of the unit (i saw a high temp of 32C) but those are not cons to me when factoring in the price.
Thank you for your time and thank you NewEgg for sending this drive to me for review.