There are tons of companies today that aim for the top spot in the SSD market, but we all know that Crucial has been one of the biggest in the industry when it comes to SSDs. It’s because the company knows how to take advantage of their ability to utilize their own NAND chips manufactured by Micron – Crucial’s parent company.
NVMe is the prevailing type of solid state state storage; and to cater to everyone’s needs, the prices of these devices are becoming more affordable. Today, we’ll be looking into Crucial’s very first NVMe drive, the P1 NVMe M.2 solid state drive.
This year, we’ve seen Crucial stepping up their game further, but will their P1 SSD continue this trend? Let’s find out and learn more about the device, its features, how it performs, and if it’s something worth purchasing. First up, let’s check out what’s included in the package of this SSS device.
Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 SSD Review – What’s in the Box?
Just like what Crucial usually does with their packages, they didn’t make this one look over the top. They made use of their usual blue and white theme with hints of green that we really find appealing. The front portion of the box doesn’t have much there.
It’s all clean except for the mention of its capacity, form factor, and interface. The reverse portion of the package is pretty much the same, though you’ll find a few details written in different languages.
The P1 NVMe M.2 packaging is quite as similar as their SATA SSD’s packaging. It features a white strip on the front portion that features a list of the capacity size, as well as the NVMe M.2 interface that can be found at the bottom right corner of the box.
The company adds the Acronis True Image HD software that is necessary for transferring data and files from your old drive to your brand new P1 SSD. Inside the box, you will find an instructional manual with the SSD.
The back of the box also displays similar details such as the device’s serial number, model, and capacity; it also includes the warranty information that is written in other languages.
Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 SSD Review
Just like most SSDs, the P1 NVMe M.2 SSD from Crucial utilizes a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. You won’t see any of the PCBs here and you’ll only get a nice and sleek plain black color with a couple of gold hints. It’s generally basic but we know that a lot of people will prefer this style and layout.
The P1 NVMe M.2’s reverse side is empty which shows that the device is single-sided. It should make the drive more convenient to cool while simultaneously retaining its performance.
On the PCB, you’ll find two flash chips and an SSD controller; you’ll also find one DDR-3 DRAM chip that gives the controller operating memory that is needed for mapping tables. The present Silicon Motion SM-2263-ENG is a brand new controller that supports the QLC NAND flash.
Each of the two available flash chips come with a 512GB capacity. One MIcron 1GB DDR-3 chip provides quick DRAM storage for the controller that will help keep mapping tables in.
This new NVMe PCIe technology will help accelerate the performance that you need since it is designed to be the sole storage upgrade you’d need. This NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) is a SSD specific for drives that are linked directly to the PCI Express bus.
It works just like your regular SSD but makes use of PCIe’s low latency parallelism while allowing the SSDs to transfer files fast. This is done by splitting the transfer process via different paths.
The P1 NVME M.2 from Crucial offers you leading real-world performance, and its PCMark benchmarks display that this drive is efficient enough to handle combined throughput modes that can go up to 565 MB/s, plus a composite score of 5084. This outperforms similar devices within the same price category.
With its sequential read / write speeds of up to 2000 / 1700 MB/s, the P1 NVMe M.2 gives you continued performance using the hybrid dynamic write acceleration, and a distinct SLC cache implementation. The drive provides an MTTF of 1.8 millions hours, as well as solid endurance that goes up to 200 Terabytes with total power usage at an active average of 100 mW.
The P1 NVMe M.2 utilizes Crucial’s latest 64-layer QLC NAND flash which is new to the storage market. It gives you better densities compared TLC, SLC, or MLC, plus it also stacks data, allowing the device to rapidly read using just a small amount of energy.
As a rule, the QLC NAND gives you quick reads compared to writes, representing most of the use cases for PC enthusiasts and mainstream gamers today. Also, the P1 NVMe M.2 is backed with a good five-year limited warranty.
Space and Vital Performance
Get to load and store up to a total of 2 Terabytes of important data on the Micron NAND that comes in a little M.2 form factor. The NVMe PCIe technology gives you sequential read / write speed of up to 2000 / 1750 MB/s, allowing you to finish work faster than before.
Longer Lasting Value
The P1 NVMe M.2 SSD is designed to be the only storage upgrade needed with an affordable combination of capacity and performance. It also comes with a five-year limited warranty that backs a number of validation hours, a ton of qualification tests, as well as a culture of award-winning SSDs.
Support from the Biggest Storage Manufacturers jn the World
Crucial is supported by the expert engineering innovation and quality of Micron. They’ve produced a plethora of the world’s most advanced storage and memory technologies for over 40 years.
2 Type 2280
1TB M.2 SSD
PCIe NVMe Gen 3
2,000 MB/s Read, 1,700 MB/s Write
NVMe/PCIe Gen3 x4
Internal Solid State Drive
22mm x 80mm
2 SSD PCIe NVMe Gen 3, Acronis® True Image™ for Crucial cloning software and installation instructions
Using the Product
The Crucial P1 SSD provides excellent read and write results. We noticed that Crucial included the pseudo SLC caching to the P1 NVMe M.2 to further improve the writing performance of QLC.
We’re really pleased to see a large pSLC cache present on the P1 NVMe M.2, and it’s actually bigger compared to most of the SSD’s that we have previously tried. This means that the cache can easily soak up all the largest write bursts; plus, it’s also very unlikely for anyone to write that much data and information anyway.
The only time it’s possible is during the process of a disk image restore, and even during this instance, the source is unlikely to give 1.5 GB/s. When your drive becomes idle, the SLC buffer is flushed to the QLC to instantly restore the full write performance.
If you’re a gamer or enthusiast of competitive gaming, then you’d want a drive that is responsive and doesn’t spend most of its time with unnecessary loading. Compared to the other NVMe drives that we’ve tested, the P1 NVMe M.2 works great and it operates efficiently as well.
The unit is quick and we didn’t really expect this from QLC writes and the write performance is generally based on the two buffers that Micron added – the SDRAM buffer and SLC written provisioned cache.
Just remember that if it ever does kick in, the performance and card can drop to maybe around 100 MB/s in such settings. But since the caches are in place, we think that this is a very trivial concern since the chances that you’ll actually run into such a situation is really thin. This SSD can write and read a good number of files in a very quick fashion.
Overall, this P1 NVMe M.2 from Crucial is really fast, and its linear and sustained performance is great. Its IOPS performance was highly notable as well.
Thing is, this SSD ranks high within this specific aspect; the trace tests that we made also display outstanding performance levels that can be considered as enthusiast-class NVMe. Overall, the P1 NVMe M.2 is highly impressive and we’re sure that you’d want to have this in your system as well.
To get the Crucial Storage Executive software, you can download and use it for further improving the performance of your SSD. This is by letting you update over provisions, firmware, secure erase, as well as track your SSD’s health; it will also let you see how much storage you’ve already used up.
To configure your operating system to work efficiently with the SSD, you can simply disable the index searching, superfetch, and prefetch feature since these aren’t really necessary if you’re utilizing an SSD. We’d usually also set the power options to the highest performance for Windows.
Crucial’s SSDs have always been priced competitively compared to the other similar products in the market, and when it comes to the P1 NVMe M.2, it’s no exception.
First, aesthetics matters a lot today, especially when it comes to RGB lighting and tempered glass panels. Though while this may not be the most attractive drive out in the market, this black PCB and its basic label will easily blend and match into almost all builds in an unnoticed manner.
Another plus of this P1 NVMe M.2’s form factor is its lack or wires, so you’ll just need to pop it right into the slot then attach the single screw to give you a cleaner and nicer build.
If you’re searching for an NVMe drive with a large capacity and convenient price while simultaneously delivering excellent performance, then the P1 NVMe M.2 from Crucial is definitely something that you should consider.
Overall, the Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 did not disappoint so we’re giving it a solid thumbs up, and we’d recommend this to anyone who’s on a budget yet wants an SSD that performs excellently. Another notable thing about this SSD is that it features the image software Acronis True HD. This can be really useful especially if you want to clone your drive.
We’re quite a big fan of the Storage Executive software from Crucial since it’s really easy to use; plus, it also optimizes the performance of your Crucial SSD. So to top it off, we’d highly recommend the Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 to you.