Crucial P5 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Specifications and Closer Look

 

Crucial P2 Specifications:

Interface PCIe G3 1×4 / NVMe
Capacities 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
Sequential read/write 250GB: up to 3400/1400MB/s;
500GB, 1TB, 2TB up to 3400/3000MB/s
Warranty/support Limited 5-year warranty

 

The specification of the P5 SSD already looks significantly better than that of the P2 SSD. The bandwidth of the tested 500GB version is up to 3400MB/s what is about the maximum for PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.

The drive arrived with a 0 hours counter and a perfect condition. CrystalDiskMark already reads the temperature correctly as we remember it had some problems with the previously reviewed P2 SSD. The temperature is also a couple of degrees higher what can be related to a more robust specification.

Below is also a table with the SMART values from Crucial Storage Executive software. Everything looks perfect.

The drive arrived with the latest firmware, which we can also check and upgrade using Crucial software.

 

 

Package and its Contents

In the package, we are receiving the P5 drive and the multilingual quick-start guide. Additionally, we can receive data migration software from the Crucial website. Some brands are adding software keys, but in this case, it’s not required.

The package is really small and similar to that of the P2 SSD. It has all the information we need, including the general specification, additional features, and contact with support.

The drive itself is in the M.2 2280 format and will fit into every popular laptop and desktop PC with an M.2 PCIe socket. I’m glad to see there is no heatsink as then it would be a problem with installation on notebooks.

The drive has a black PCB and a black label that has a minimalistic design but presents well and should match every kind of PC. On the other hand, most modern gaming series motherboards have M.2 heatsinks, and on laptops, we can’t see the SSD, so the design doesn’t matter much. Either way, the P5 looks like a high-end product, and that’s important.

Above there are additional photos with installed P5 SSD in the ASUS TUF A15 laptop. Installation is quick and easy, so any upgrade shouldn’t cause issues.

The most important for many users is performance, so let’s move to the next page to take a look at our test results.

 

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Bartosz Waluk aka Woomack is from Poland. He's been interested in computer hardware and extreme overclocking for over 15 years. Bartosz has also over 12 years experience in IT what includes sales, technical support and computer building ... but not only. He joined the Funky Kit team in January 2013.