Crucial m4 128GB SSD Review

Today the Crucial m4 128 GB SSD CT128M4SSD2 with the latest firmware 000F is tested at and is compared against the bigger Crucial m4 256 GB SSD and a lot of more SSDs from other manufacturers. We have also tested the SSD copy software and the USB-to-SATA cable from the Crucial CT128M4SSD2CCA data transfer kit in this review for copying a hard drive or SSD partial or complete to the SSD. In this review we also check if it is worth to pay additional 10-15 Euros for the transfer kit and we see how fast the SSD is at SATA3 IDE, SATA3 AHCI and the USB SATA adapter. Let us see if the Crucial m4 128 GB can keep up with the leading Crucial m4 256 GB SSD.

Thanks for the support …

Many thanks for the support with the Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD by the manufacturer Crucial.

The Crucial m4 128GB SATA3 2.5″ SSD CT128M4SSD2 has at present a price of approx. 125 Euro (06/2012) and the Crucial CT128M4SSD2CCA hard drive replacement kit with cloning software has at present a price of approx. 135 Euro (06/2012).

The Crucial RealSSD m4 2.5-inch series contains at present the following types: 64GB CT064M4SSD2 for approx. 70 Euro (06/2012) 128GB CT128M4SSD2 for approx. 110 Euro (06/2012) 256GB CT256M4SSD2 for approx. 185 Euro (06/2012) 512GB CT512M4SSD2 for approx. 360 Euro (06/2012) Whereby the performance of this Crucial m4 SSD Series alters depending on the capacity. A higher capacity of this Crucial m4 SSD has a higher write performance up to the fastest Crucial m4 256GB SSD !

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The supply of the Crucial m4 128GB SATA3 SSD …

In this cardboard box comes the Crucial m4 SSD Hard Drive Replacement Kit:

That is contained in the delivery …

Crucial delivered the m4 2,5″ SSD CT128M4SSD2 well padded with a quick installation guide. The CT128M4SSD2CCA Upgrade Kit additionally contained an USB to SATA cable (USB 2.0), a Cloning Software and a guide for the Crucial Data Transfer Suite Software in different languages:

The following picture shows the front of the 2.5″ Crucial m4 128GB SSD, where one can see the SATA3 connections for data and power on the right side. These connections are identical to conventional SATA3 hard disks and this SATA3 SSD can also operate with a slower speed at an SATA2 interface:

On the flipside one can see the label of the Crucial m4 SSD with some technical data:

Here one can see a picture of the 8-Channel Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 Controller ICs which is also used on Micron C400 / Crucial m4 SSDs. And one can see the four of altogether eight 25nm Micron NAND components of the SATA3 SSD with 128GB capacity:

Here you can see the other four 25nm Micron NAND components and the 256MB DDR3 cache chip:

Here is another more detailed picture of the 8-Channel Marwell 88SS9174-BLD2 Controller IC: