Model: Crucial T700 2TB PCIe Gen5 NVMe 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 unveiled its first Gen5 NVMe SSD, the T700. Designed for enthusiasts, gamers, creators, and professionals who need next generation storage, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Phison's new PS5026-E26 controller and is available with up to 4TB of Micron's industry-leading 232-layer 3D TLC NAND flash. The T700 is also available with or without a custom-designed premium heatsink and is equipped with an ultra-fast PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 NVMe 2.0 interface to deliver up to 12,400 MB/s read and 11,800 MB/s write speeds. To top it all off, the drive is optimized for Microsoft’s DirectStorage API software technology, which allows games to load much faster by leveraging the full speed of NVMe SSDs.

The T700 is available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities. For this review, Crucial sent us the 2TB version of the drive, which is capable of delivering up to 12,400 MB/s sequential read and 11,800 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 1,500K random read and write IOPS.

   Crucial T700 2TB PCIe Gen5 NVMe Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Numbers CT2000T700SSD3
CT2000T700SSD5 (Heatsink)
Capacity 2TB
Flash Type Micron 232-Layer (B58R) 3D TLC NAND
Controller PS5026-E26
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe Gen 5.0 x4, NVMe 2.0

Sequential Read 12,400 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 11,800 MB/s Max
Random Read 630,000 IOPS
Random Write 700,000 IOPS

MTTF 2 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 1200TB

Temperature (Operating) 0 ºC to 70 ºC

Other Features
Microsoft DirectStorage optimized with Phison I/O+ technology
Dynamic SLC caching
Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN)
Multi-layer data integrity algorithms
Adaptive thermal protection
Data protection for power loss events
Active garbage collection
TRIM support
Self-Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART)
Error Correction Code (ECC)
Built-in security with AES256 encryption, TCG OPAL 2.01 support, and digitally signed firmware
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the T700 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Crucial's new PCIe Gen5 SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the T700 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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