Crucial M550 SSD (512GB) Review – Consistent Performance Never Looked So Good!


Anvil Storage Utilities is essentially an all-in-one tool for all of your SSD benchmarking needs. Anvil can be used for basic consumer testing, as well as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests. It displays data regarding the SSD, and even about your system.

Crucial M550 512GB SSD Anvil

ASU produces similar scores to what we have already seen through our other benchmark tests, as the Crucial M550 produces a sequential read speed of 508MB/s, and write speed of 468MB/s. The SSD also produced a total score of 4707.


Technology X uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time-consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as Xbox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications
  • Crucial M550 SSD 512GB Featured


We tested the Crucial M550 SSD using PCMark Vantage’s HDD Suite testing software, where the SSD produced a fantastic score of 72118. The SSD also produced SATA 3 speeds for six of the eight tests, as well as pushing 420 MB/s for Windows Media centre use.

Crucial M550 512GB SSD Vantage

Our report today examines Crucial's latest SATA 3 SSD release, the M550 2.5" 512GB SSD. The M550 is directed towards the personal computing market and is advertised with increased performance, expanded battery life for mobile users, a more fluid set of form factors and the standard high capacities. The Crucial M550 2.5" SSD features the SATA III (6Gbps) interface as well as Native Write Acceleration that is a significant step up on the M500 family. Additionally, the M550 is also has lower power consumption than its predecessor, the M500, with a low draw of <3mW while the device is in…

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Consistent Performance

The Crucial M550 2.5" SSD is truly a premium solid state drive that consistently provides excellent performance that will not leave you disappointed.

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  1. Why would you buy this over the Crucial MX100 Series? Is there any difference?

    • the M550 is their premium line whereas the MX100 series is the more budget-friendly line. It’s like the difference between the Samsung 840 Pro and 840 EVO.

      For most people there won’t be much of a difference, but the M550 should offer increased speed over the MX100.

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