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Crucial P1 M.2 NVMe SSD 1TB and 500GB Review – Budget NVMe Is It Worth It?

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Crucial P1 M.2 NVME SSD PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark Results

Last but not the least is the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark. It tests the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. It can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. Below are the results I got with the Crucial P1 NVMe 1TB and 500GB capacities:

Overall it’s looking good for the Crucila P1 NVMe SSD series. It is faster than the best SATA SSDs around, and faster than its competition in the same price range.

Pricing and Availability

The Crucial P1 NVMe SSD 1TB and 500GB capacities are now available. The 2TB capacity is not available at the time this review was published and according to the company it will become available in the near future. Crucial is offering a limited 5 year warranty for their P1 series. The 1TB capacity currently comes with a manufacturer’s suggest retail price of $149.99 USD, while the 500GB comes with an MSRP of $79.99 USD. Prices are subjected to change, you can check out the latest pricing and availability from the links below.

Crucial P1 M.2 NVMe SSD latest pricing and availability:
Crucial P1 500GB available on here
Crucial P1 1TB available on here

Crucial P1 M.2 NVMe SSD Review: Conclusion

The Crucial P1 M.2 NVMe SSDs looks like a good option for those who want to jump in the NVMe bandwagon. It offers significantly faster read and write speed compared to any SATA based SSD and HDD. It would make for a good upgrade not only for desktop but for laptop users as well, provided that your motherboard or laptop does have an M.2 slot that supports NVMe / PCIe Gen3 x4.

As you can see from the benchmark results from the previous pages, the Crucial P1 NVMe SSD is better than Kingston’s A1000. However as expected it false behind from the much faster WD Black 3D and Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD. I do have to note that both the WD Black 3D and Samsung 970 EVO are higher-end NVMe SSDs and they are (significantly) more expensive compared to the Crucial P1.

Also, at the time I wrote this review, the Samsung 860 EVO 500GB and 1TB capacities are priced similarly with the Crucial P1 500GB and 1TB capacity respectively. But with the Crucial P1 offering a much faster read / write speeds. When it comes to pure performance alone, it’s obvious that the Crucial P1 wins considering that they are priced similarly at this time. However, the Samsung 860 EVO is a 2.5″ SATA SSD, making it more advantageous when it comes to system compatibility.

Although the 500GB is not a bad choice, I would more likely to recommend the 1TB capacity since it offers a better write performance compared to the 500GB capacity. Also, it offers much better price/capacity ratio compared to the 500GB. Either way, the Crucial P1 M.2 NVMe SSD would make for a good upgrade, especially if you are looking for something faster than what a SATA-SSD could offer while not spending too much for an M.2 NVMe SSD. I think it’s a good choice and you might want to consider this as an OS drive or for your work / game drive.

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