Model: Crucial P5 1TB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Crucial
Provided By: Crucial

Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc., one of the largest memory and flash storage manufacturers in the world. The company's product lineup includes award-winning solid state drives (SSDs) and computer memory upgrades (DRAM) for more than 50,000 systems. These products have been qualified and approved by major original equipment manufacturers and every single module has been rigorously tested at the component and module level. Each SSD also undergoes over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing and hundreds of qualification tests to ensure optimal reliability and performance.

Earlier this year, Crucial introduced two new PCIe SSDs. Along with the affordable, entry-level P2, the company launched the P5, its fastest and most innovative SSD to date. Engineered for serious gamers and creative professionals, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Micron's own DM01B2 controller and is available with up to 2TB of their 3D TLC NAND flash. The P5 also includes advanced features like dynamic write acceleration, error correction, full hardware-based encryption and adaptive thermal protection to keep your data safe while enhancing system reliability. To top it all off, the drive is equipped with an ultra-fast PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface and is capable of 3,400 MB/s read and 3,000 MB/s write speeds.

The P5 is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. For this review, Crucial sent us the 1TB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 3,400 MB/s sequential read and 3,000 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 390,000 random read and 500,000 random write IOPS.

   Crucial P5 1TB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number CT1000P5SSD8
Capacity 1TB
Flash Type Micron 96-layer 3D TLC NAND
Controller Micron DM01B2
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3

Sequential Read 3,400 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 3,000 MB/s Max
Random Read 390,000 IOPS
Random Write 500,000 IOPS

MTTF 1.8 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 600TB

Temperature (Operating) 0 ºC to 70 ºC

Other Features
Dynamic Write Acceleration
Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN)
Multistep Data Integrity Algorithms
Adaptive Thermal Protection
Integrated Power Loss Immunity
Active Garbage Collection
TRIM Support
NVMe standard Self-Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART)
Error Correction Code (ECC)
NVMe Autonomous Power State Transition (APST)
Hardware-based Encryption
Acronis True Image for Crucial cloning software
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the P5 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Crucial's new PCIe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the P5 have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Crucial?  Keep reading as we find out.

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