With the vast majority of systems still running a SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface, Crucial has released its new v4 SSDs to deliver substantial yet affordable performance gains to SATA 3.0 Gb/s systems.
Are you looking to upgrade to a SSD on your older system and are wondering if should you get a SATA 6.0 Gb/s drive? Crucial believes "Why pay for performance you can't use?" With this thought process in mind, Crucial has developed the v4 SSD to deliver a high level of SSD performance to complement your mainstream systems. According to Crucial, the v4 SSD doesn't include "pricey features" that cater to advanced-bandwidth systems, which allows them to offer a high-quality product at an affordable price.
The v4 SSD is available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB on a 2.5 form factor SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface. It uses 25nm Micron Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. The v4 SSDs are priced at $49.99 (32 GB), $69.99 (64 GB), $99.99 (128 GB), and $189.99 (256 GB) respectively. This sets the v4 SSD at the $0.74 / GB price range for the 256 GB version. This makes it one of the most affordable SSDs on the market and a great option for a boot drive on a SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface or as a secondary SSD on any system.
|Sustained Sequential Read * up to (128k transfer)||200 MB/s||230 MB/s||230 MB/s||230 MB/s|
|Sustained Sequential Write * up to (128k transfer)||60 MB/s||100 MB/s||175 MB/s||190 MB/s|
|Random Read up to ** (4k transfer)||10,000 IOPS||10,000 IOPS||10,000 IOPS||10,000 IOPS|
|Random Write up to ** (4k transfer)||1,200 IOPS||2,400 IOPS||4,000 IOPS||4,000 IOPS|
|* Performance measured using IOMeter* with Queue Depth 32.|
|** Performance measured using IOMeter* with Queue Depth 32. Measurements are performed on 8GB of LBA range on a full SSD.|
"The Crucial v4 SSD boils down to two things: performance and value," said Robert Wheadon, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial. "Most consumers realize that SSDs help their computers start quicker and run faster, and are a more durable alternative to hard drives, but many don't realize that most SSDs outperform the data transfer capabilities of their SATA II machines. With the Crucial v4 SSD, we've come up with a product that's designed to bring the most value out of a SATA II system without paying for extra performance that can't be used."
The Crucial v4 SSD is backed by a three-year limited warranty, and is compatible with both PC and Mac systems. To learn more about the v4 SSD, please visit Crucial's website.