Crucial P2 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review


The performance has been tested on the ASUS TUF A15 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 8-core processor, 64GB DDR4-3200, and Kingston KC2500 M.2 SSD with installed Win10 Pro x64. This is a popular laptop, and all other components are readily available in stores.

Let’s begin as usual with the ATTO Disk Benchmark.

I was quite surprised by the results in the ATTO benchmark. Our drive was able to reach 3.10GB/s read bandwidth, and 2.97GB/s write bandwidth while the specification says its maximum is 2.3GB/s read and 940MB/s write. This is a huge difference, which I wasn’t expecting at all.


In CrystalDiskMark, our results are also better than expected but not as much as in the ATTO. Sequential write bandwidth is twice as high as that declared by Crucial, and also random bandwidth results are relatively high, even for more expensive M.2 SSD.

Sequential bandwidth is less important in daily work, while random bandwidth is what causes SSD so fast. The P2 SSD performs great in mixed load tests that simulate popular applications like PCMark series benchmarks.

Below we can see results based on PCMark 8 and PCMark 10. Both benchmarks are showing maybe not the best but relatively high results for a budget SSD. Definitely, the P2 is a good option for an upgrade. If we compare the Kingston SSD, which was initially installed in the ASUS TUF A15 laptop, then we can see up to 40% performance gain on the P2 SSD. This is already a lot, and Crucial has in its offer a faster option – the P5 SSD.


Above is a screenshot from the PCMark 8 while below from the PCMark 10. Both results, as I already said, are maybe not the best but quite respectable.


In the end, one more popular benchmark – Anvil’s Storage Utilities. Our result is slightly worse than what we could see in CrystalDiskMark, but we are used to seeing similar differences in other storage devices.


The P2 SSD performs well, but it’s not the end. Crucial is offering an additional feature to speed-up the storage called Momentum Cache. A short description can be that the drive uses RAM to cache the data and boost the performance of the most commonly used files. On the next page, we will show some results with the Momentum Cache.


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