Crucia M4 SSD

jkeekij

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Oct 17, 2011
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I have an M4 in my MBP and in my Mini and everything is great. I have not had any issues at all. I just picked up the 512GB M4 from Amazon the other day for ~$350. It was at that price for about 2 hours and then went back up to over $400, and now it is right at $400 again.
 

TexasChemE

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Oct 28, 2011
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I have a 128Gb Crucial M4 in my 15'' Early 2011 MBP. Haven't had any issues with it so far, I love it.
 

thespazz

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Sweet. I've heard good things about the M4, just trying to make sure before I buy it.
 

Irock619

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Sep 16, 2011
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Nice. Its a good drive none the less but its WRITE speeds are pathetic compared to the Samsung 830, OCZ Vertex 4 and Corsair Force GT/GS Series.

I just did these test the other day with a 2012 13" MBP.
I knew this was coming lol! Every time somebody mentions the M4 somebody tops it with a screen shot of their samsung 830 :rolleyes:
 

Irock619

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I'm wondering how the performance difference would parlay in real world usage. Would it be possible to tell a noticeable difference between the two drives?
I doubt it. There are other things to consider when choosing drives. Like needing boot camp or a windows computer to update the 830's firmware.
 

spoonie1972

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Aug 17, 2012
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i just picked up a 512gb version for $400cdn... hard to argue w/ the price.

i run some pretty heavy logic audio sessions with lots of kontakt instruments and various other cpu hogs... this 'slow' ssd has changed my life.

i haven't done any tracking with it yet - but i imagine the 200-240mg/sec write ability wont be an issue when i had no issues before with common hard drives during recording.

while i have no doubt the samsung and current ocz drives are faster in every way, just wanted to point out that this thing, so far, has me pretty happy.

YMMV.
 

Krazy Bill

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Dec 21, 2011
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Lol sorry. I just think the M4 is overpriced for its slow speeds. It should be priced lower imo.
Even at that, it's fast becoming the poor-man's ticket to an SSD with really decent storage capacity. Honestly, what's a 100 MB/s in real life usage anyway...

Besides, Crucial may have a slight impact in what other SSD makers charge. Or at the very least, keep those greedy bastards in check.

The Samsung 830 and OCZ Vertex 4 are amazing SSDs.
Can't argue this!
 

CausticPuppy

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May 1, 2012
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I'm wondering how the performance difference would parlay in real world usage. Would it be possible to tell a noticeable difference between the two drives?
It doesn't make a difference in real world usage. Buy the 830 if your primary usage will be to show off benchmarks.

Stay away from OCZ no matter the price.
 

671417

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Feb 22, 2012
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Anyone been looking at the Crucial M4 drive for their MBPs? Seems like a pretty good price right now. Any input?[/QUOTE] Buy direct from Crucial. Amazon sells a lot of returned products. My M4 is working fine and is damn speedy. 4X faster than the stock hard drive...
 

Orlandoech

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Jun 2, 2011
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Buy direct from Crucial. Amazon sells a lot of returned products.

My M4 is working fine and is damn speedy.

4X faster than the stock hard drive...
I've never heard of amazon selling returned products as new, this is also illegal. Amazon has amazing service and policies.
 

drambuie

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Feb 16, 2010
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I'm wondering how the performance difference would parlay in real world usage. Would it be possible to tell a noticeable difference between the two drives?
I guess that would depend on how much writing you do to the drive, compared to reading. The m4 beats the Samsung and OCZ in read speeds. For most users read speed is likely the most important parameter. If you're heavily into video editing, write speeds will have more importance, but large videos will probably be stored on external drives, so the speed difference will be of less overall importance.
 

Arizor

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Aug 24, 2012
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My crucial m4 512gb is running great.

The write speeds are slower, no doubt, but I don't have to write many enormous files very often.

I do however, have to employ the read function much more often (as I'm sure is common for most), and in this the m4 actually has the edge.

But honestly, you're going to be hard pressed to notice much of a difference either way.

It's a solid, reliable, speedy SSD for a good price.
 

FuNGi

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Feb 26, 2010
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+1 on M4

Going a week strong now and no issues. Write speeds are slower than the 830 but who cares. Got mine for $400 from Newegg.