Crucial P5 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. The specification is exactly the same as in the recent P2 SSD review.

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

As far as on the Crucial P2, results in ATTO were much higher than expected, then on the P5, results are a bit lower than expected but still significantly higher than on the P2 SSD. The maximum read bandwidth is 3.3GBs, while the write is 2.92GB/s. Both results are pretty good if we compare them to other higher series M.2 PCIe SSD.

In CrystalDiskMark, our results are higher than expected, with the maximum read bandwidth of 3540MB/s and the maximum write of 3141MB/s. This is significantly more than specified.

Random operations bandwidth is also high what gives us hopes on high performance during mixed workloads or more professional tasks, including work on larger databases.

Below we can see results based on PCMark 8 and PCMark 10. Both benchmarks are showing high results, which are clearly higher than those of P2 SSD. Even though both SSD are fast, then if we count on the best performance, then it’s clear that we should pick the P5 SSD.


Above is a screenshot from the PCMark 8 while below from the PCMark 10. If we compare both results to some other high-end SSD, then we could count on a bit higher bandwidth in the PCMark 8 while the PCMark 10 results are pretty much on top of the list.


In the end, one more popular benchmark – Anvil’s Storage Utilities. This benchmark is usually showing lower results than the ATTO or the CrystalDiskMark. It doesn’t change the fact that the results are pretty high.


The P5 SSD performs well and should satisfy all users. There will still be those who will say it could be faster, so for them, I have one answer – Momentum Cache. Crucial is offering an additional feature about which I will tell you some more on the next page of this review.


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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.