Setup and test results …
Let us now come to the benchmark results. The test results for SATA3 drives are compared with an ASRock 890GX Extreme3 motherboard and the test results for M.2 modules are compared with an ASRock Z270 Taichi motherboard. Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition and Windows 10 Enterprise Edition 64-bit are currently used as operating system.
The SSD drive speed was examined and compared with the following benchmark software:
AS SSD Benchmark – Download
ATTO Disk Benchmark – Download
CrystalDiskMark – Download
HD Tach – Download
SiSoftware Sandra – Download
The AS SSD benchmark values provide a very good indication of the maximum possible read and write speed, the speed for smaller files and their respective access time. By the way, 4K means that small 4K blocks are read or written and with 4K 64Thrd this is distributed to 64 threads at the same time. For example, the benchmark program simulates a typical program start.
With the 1000GB Crucial M.2 P1 drive, an extremely high sequential read and write speed could be achieved, which of course is significantly higher than conventional SATA SSDs.
By the way, the usable capacity of the Crucial P1 M.2 is 931.51 GB without over provisioning. With the Crucial Storage Executive Tool you can adjust the Over Provisioning range as mentioned before and thus determine yourself how high you want to set the SSD durability vs. performance.
The Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe achieves 1055 points after all, but can’t quite keep up with the Samsung SSD 860 Evo’s 1206 points and the Samsung SSD 860 Pro’s 1203 points.
The comparison of the AS SSD benchmark results is extended with every new HDD/SSD test. You can already see some SSDs compared to the Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD, with graphics regularly updated with new SSD drives. At the time of testing, the top of the AS SSD overall score is led by the Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 NMVe SSD, followed by a few more SSDs, and in the middle range the new P1 M.2 SSD with 1TB capacity then joins the ranks despite high sequential data transfers.
The ATTO disk benchmark results gives a very good overview about the write and read rate on different file sizes. These values are maximum ratings, which are different to the previously continuous transfer rate benchmarks, as this benchmark can be higher even with SSDs with a slower overall performance.
With the Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD the reading speed (green) is already above the writing speed (red) from a transfer size of about 0.5KB and reaches the maximum reading values of 1998278KB with a transfer size of 2048KB.
These ATTO disk benchmark values are now compared for a small transfer of 32KB and a large transfer of 8192KB. The bar chart already contains a comparison to some SSDs and hard disks, whereby the Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD is placed directly behind the Intel SSD 750 NVMe at ATTO.
CrystalDiskMark also provides a balanced measurement of performance with different transfer sizes.
Here the P1 1000GB reaches, as before, in addition to the 4K-64threads values, very good sequential read values of 1517 MB/s and write values of 1571 MB/s.
The following diagram shows the CrystalDiskMark results again in comparison to the other SSDs and hard drives, which will be expanded step by step. In the CrystalDiskMark comparison one can see significant differences between the to-date tested of the Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives.
With HD Tach one can measure the gradient of the performance, but the SSD transfer is not comparable with a conventional HDD. New logical NAND cell access of the SSD controller results like some other equal designed SSDs in varying values with the latest HD Tach Version 188.8.131.52 version, which is designed for hard disk drives.
HD Tach shows with the Crucial P1 1000GB M.2 SSD in AHCI mode a usual continuous transfer image with the low access time of 0.1ms. With the write operations you can see clear peaks.
For easy comparison, the values of the previous SSD tests can be selected and viewed via a drop-down field.
Of course, SiSoftware Sandra benchmark should not be missing in this test series. SiSoftware offers with their SiSoft Sandra program a very comprehensive tool, which contains a lot of tools to get very reliable test results of all hardware components.
The average access time of the Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD at SiSoftware Sandra was extremely low at 19us and the drive index of 3089.06 MB/s is a top value!
In the SiSoftware Sandra write performance measurement, the average access time of the Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD was also at an extremely low 19us and the drive index reached an excellent 1596.79 MB/s.
Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe Result and general impression …