Crucial M500 480GB SSD Review – A New Benchmark For Incredible Affordability And Performance


The printed circuit board is quite interesting as it has a few subtle changes between the various storage sizes of the Crucial M500. In this case, the 480GB version has eight Micron 20nm MLC NAND chips (MT29F256G08CECABH6-6Q:A) on the top-side at 32GB per module:

Crucial M500 480GB SSD

The underside has an additional eight at the same capacity bringing the total NAND to 512GB, but with a user capacity of 480GB. The Marvell FPU and 256MB Micron DDR3 SDRAM cache (MT41K256M16HA-125 M:E) are also found nestled here:

Crucial M500 480GB SSD

Of course the defining factor of the M500 is the Marvell 88SS9187 controller, which made quite a name for itself recently via Plextor’s M5 Pro SSD line. The third-generation 88SS9187 FPU makes an encore appearance in the M500 this time around, but unlike the PCB layout of the M5 Pro, the processor is not excluded from the rest of the components:

Crucial M500 480GB SSD

The Marvell 88SS9187 6 Gb/s SATA controller supports high-speed NAND flash interfaces up to 200 MB/s per channel. The 88SS9187 integrates a dual-core  Marvell 88FR102 V5 CPU with shared DTCM and ITCM SRAM. The 88SS9187 also includes a high-performance ECC  engine, as well as low power consumption at a high performance level.

The aforementioned 256MB Micron DDR3 cache has a clock rate of 800MHz and 16x width: 

Crucial M500 480GB SSD


  1. Amazing review Deepak. Must be good as you got linked by Engadget whereas…well…TSSDR never. eheheh.

  2. Can’t blame you two for the cheery mood! Both reviews are great, and I am very cheerful as well! 60 Cents/GB for a 3rd gen Marvel SSD, and at 960 GB capacity, means -for the first time- high-end rigs can be built without mechanical drives!

  3. What is it about SMART attributesAA and C4, new drive failing?!

  4. I like this review of that powerful Crucial M500 480GB SSD

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