Page 11 - Conclusion
While today's launch of the latest game in the Smash franchise is exciting for me, the Crucial P1 500GB is not a surprising entry. This is partly due to the fact we just saw the larger P1 1TB last week. Without exception, the smaller Crucial P1 500GB follows a lot of the same traits and performance characteristics we saw with the 1TB, albeit at different magnitudes. We can see the possibilities and shortcomings of the QLC NAND and how important having a larger SLC cache is with quad-level cells. For the most part, the 1TB version had better numbers, which is as we would have expected from the beginning. However, this 500GB was not too far behind, and generally kept pace in all of our tests. It even performed better in our PCMark Vantage test. As we also saw in our consistency tests, sustained workloads reflecting that of server loads were very taxing on these drives, negatively affecting performance. Once again, the same conclusions can be drawn in the sense that QLC NAND is not targeted for users with heavy write sessions. Furthermore, its lower write endurance should be taken into consideration when you look at the Crucial P1 series. If you are deciding between the 500GB and 1TB version, I think it is safe to say they will perform similarly, but the larger variant will still have the edge overall. At a retail price of $110 USD, the Crucial P1 500GB maintains the same price per gigabyte as its larger brother, so really it is just dependent on your own usage and how much you can spend at the moment. However, this drive is a great value-pick for most consumer workloads that can peak at high speeds without hurting the wallet too much.
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The Crucial P1 500GB is a formidable option to its larger 1TB brother, delivering great performance in general consumer workloads, especially if you are tighter for immediate cash.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 6.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 18.104.22.168
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8