Crucial Announces its v4 SSD for Budget Conscious Users

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.

Capacity 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB
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.

 

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  • sylvez
    Great idea, but they need to make the prices go much lower than that. They are targetting a group of people who are unwilling to pay that much. I say 3/4 it and it will fly off the shelves like hotcakes.
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  • drwho1
    A little too late.
    There already are SATA III at lower prices than this on similar sizes.
    Plus they will work on SATA II.

    If the price range for this were substantially lower (to bear the "budget" gimmick)
    then it would have a real chance. But like this, this aren't "budget conscious" at all.
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  • JDFan
    lokii_0Everyone bitching about the price of these drives is forgetting one important thing: the list price of all of the SSDs which are now being sold cheaply is far higher than their sale price. Most of the time, the MSRP of an item is higher than the price at which it is actually sold. If these items have a MSRP which is the sale price of other items, once these SSDs are available for sale, they will likely cost even less than their suggested price, thus making them quite budget friendly.


    That is Why I went and looked at Newegg --- and this drive is the same exact price for the bare drive as the Same companies M4 version ( REGULAR PRICE no sale involved !!) which is a faster (SATA III drive) and comes with a transfer kit -- so why would anyone go with this and pay more for less just because thy say it is a budget friendly drive ??
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  • wiinippongamer
    No thanks, there are already a few 128g SSD's on the market that are SATA III with much higher transfers at $99 or less.
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  • sylvez
    Great idea, but they need to make the prices go much lower than that. They are targetting a group of people who are unwilling to pay that much. I say 3/4 it and it will fly off the shelves like hotcakes.
    19
  • drwho1
    A little too late.
    There already are SATA III at lower prices than this on similar sizes.
    Plus they will work on SATA II.

    If the price range for this were substantially lower (to bear the "budget" gimmick)
    then it would have a real chance. But like this, this aren't "budget conscious" at all.
    10