I think it was after the introduction of SSD that I felt the speed of the PC dramatically increased. SATA-formatted SSDs provided significantly faster boot speeds than conventional HDDs, and now when configuring a PC, installing an OS on the SSD has become a matter of course. And now, there is NVMe SSD that transcends the limits of SATA method. Since it is directly mounted on the board, there is no need to use a SATA cable or power connector, and you can feel the speed increase clearly through various bench tests. These NVMe SSDs have evolved from Gen3 (PCIe 3.0) to Gen4 (PCIe 4.0).
This time, let’s take a look at Micron Crucial P5 Plus PCIe 4.0 NVMe (500GB) ASKTEC, a product that satisfies even the standard of PS5 that requires performance above a certain speed among PCIe 4.0 interfaces.
1. Product Specification
Micron is a memory semiconductor manufacturing company that mainly produces DRAM and flash memory. The Crucial brand of DDR4 spinach RAM released by Micron for consumers has a fairly large RAM over margin and a good price, so it can be easily found in major cost-effective PC quotes and SATA. Among SSDs, the MX500 is a cost-effective SSD equipped with DRAM, and anyone who builds a PC directly knows it. Among these Micron Crucial SSDs, the P5 Plus belongs to the high-end family with the highest performance.
Micron Crucial P5 Plus PCIe 4.0 NVMe (500GB) Asktec is an M.2 2280 form factor that satisfies 22mm in length and 80mm in width just like typical NVMe SSDs released these days. As it is Micron’s high-end product, it is equipped with DRAM.
500GB, 1TB, and 2TB products were released by capacity, and the higher the capacity, the faster and more durable, and this product is also the same.
The 500GB product I will be reviewing is a product that guarantees 300TB of use and 2 million hours of lifespan with 300TBW and 2 million hours of MTTF.
2. Packaging and Unboxing
The product box is the same size and design as the existing Micron SSDs, including SATA SSDs. In the upper right corner, there is a sticker for authenticity certification of Asktech, a distributor, so it is recommended to keep the box or attach it to the product for a 5-year warranty.
The product features are listed on the back of the box, and the product can be seen through a small gap. Since the P5 PLUS has a built-in QR code, you can connect it to receive support for services such as guides.
Inside the box, the P5 Plus and dedicated screws are packaged in plastic. The Crucial P5 Plus uses a black board, and considering that the PCB board of high-end NVMe SSD products is usually black, it seems like an appropriate color choice.
The accompanying manual is a guide for dedicated software.
The product I received was made in Singapore. There is nothing special about the appearance.
The system environment used for the test is as above, and it consists of a CPU and a motherboard supporting PCIe 4.0 interface.
Since it is a motherboard that provides an M.2 heatsink, it looks like the existing heatsink was removed and then installed using the provided screws.
Crucial P5 Plus is a high-performance product, so it generates quite a bit of heat. If the temperature rises above a certain level, less work is done to lower the temperature and throttling may occur. Therefore, it is recommended to use the basic heat sink provided by the motherboard, or to purchase and use a low-cost heat sink for less than 10,000 won if the motherboard does not have a heat sink. Depending on the presence or absence of a heat sink, the temperature difference is quite large.
4. Dedicated software
The test was conducted in the Windows 10 environment and the OS was also installed. The performance may be slightly lower than when using it for storage without an OS.
Link (click): https://www.crucial.kr/support/storage-executive
From the link above, you can check the status of the Crucial storage device and download the dedicated software to use various additional functions.
If you install the dedicated SW, you can use various menus.system information‘, you can check basic information, usage, temperature, etc.
‘Momentum Cache‘ function to enable RAM caching (take part of RAM resources and use them for SSD). If you run a bench test with it enabled, you can see that various measurements have increased, but there is also a disadvantage of poor stability when the RAM capacity is insufficient, so I think it should be used wisely.
In addition to this, you can take advantage of several other features.
5. Performance test
Crucial P5 Plus NVMe 500GB with OS installed. As long as the OS is installed, you may lose a little bit when bench testing.
I tested it with basic measurements and NVMe SSD settings. It can be seen that it satisfies the sequential read speed (6,600 MB/S) and sequential write speed (4,000 MB/S) as guided by the spec sheet.
What do the various numbers mean?
1)SEQ1M Q8T1 :It creates 8 consecutive batches (8MB) of 1MB-sized data, and consecutively reads or writes up to 1GB in one operation unit. In other words, this is similar to the case of reading/writing a large file in reality, and in a wordContinuous read/write speed of large datacan be considered as
2)SEQ1M Q1T1 :It makes 1 MB of data into one continuous batch (1 MB), and reads or writes continuously up to 1 GB in one operation unit. In other words, this is similar to the case of reading/writing multiple files in reality, and in a wayIt is the most similar situation to the real one, so the test number that you should refer to the mostno see.
3) RND4K Q1T1 : Makes 4KB of data into one continuous bundle (1MB), and performs random reading or writing up to 1GB in one work unit. In other words, this is a case where read/write is performed in units of 1 page, which is the smallest unit of SSD, and it is a situation that rarely occurs in practice. In other words, it is a case of randomly performing read/write of the SSD with the minimum unit of 4KB.
In AS SSD Benchmark, even after testing it several times, it was measured to be about 20% lower than other people’s bench results. It’s hard to understand.
Another bench program, ATTO Disk Benchmark, measured values similar to the benchmark results of the Crucial P5 Plus NVMe 500GB conducted by others.
Naraeon dirty test was measured except for the 34GB OS installed. test resultMaximum speed 7197 MB/s, minimum speed 83 MB/s, average speed 2153 MB/swas measured and gave very satisfactory results.
When the remaining capacity became 61.6% or less, the speed rapidly decreased and showed a jagged appearance, but it maintained a steady appearance without further performance degradation until the capacity was full. The reduced speed also exceeds the speed of the SATA SSD, so there is no need to worry about performance degradation in actual use. With DRAM, you can expect stability and steady performance.
In all the tests conducted with the main board’s main heat sink attached, the maximum temperature was 60 degrees, which wasn’t a big problem. As long as you have a basic heatsink, you shouldn’t have to worry about throttling.
This is a video of the actual bench test process.
6. Comprehensive evaluation
Micron Crucial P5 Plus PCIe 4.0 NVMe (500GB) Asktek is a top-tier product among Micron Crucial NVMe SSDs, so it shows very good performance. Of course, the heat generated is considerable, so the use of a heat sink (heat sink) is essential.
Since it is a product for gaming, you can expect satisfactory loading speed when installed on PS5. In addition, it is expected to feel comfortable not only in playing and loading high-end games, but also in high-capacity video editing as it maintains high performance with high-capacity DRAM.
However, remember that the environment you are using (CPU and mainboard) must be a product that supports the PCIe 4.0 interface.
“This user was provided with a product of Asktech Co., Ltd. and was written honestly.”