Crucial has always been known for releasing good performing solid state drives at very competitive prices so it is no surprise their first consumer NVMe drive is one such drive. The mainstream NVMe market is probably the largest as most people are not dropping a lot of money on high-performance NVMe drives, especially if they are coming from a traditional solid state drive. The Crucial P1 is a solid contender in this market with sequential read and write speeds of 2000 MB/s and 1700 MB/s respectively.
In our testing the drive performed up to or pretty close to those rated numbers. In CrystalDiskMark we achieved scores of 2008.9 MB/s read and 1658.7 MB/s write. In ATTO Disk Benchmark our scores were 1880 MB/s read and 1560 MB/s write. Overall the performance of the P1 was quite good, and it beat out the Toshiba OCZ RC100, which is also marketed as a “value” NVMe solid state drive. The only place where the P1 takes a hit is in its sustained write performance. Since this drive uses SLC caching you will notice a pretty significant drop in write performance if you are doing sustained writes. However most people will never notice this as in most cases systems are more read intensive, and if you know you are going to be doing sustained writes this is not the drive you are going to be looking at anyways.
Crucial also backs this drive up with a 5-year warranty so you’ll have piece of mind. The 1TB version of the drive that we reviewed today is only $219.99 at our favorite online retailer, while the 500GB version is only $109.99. With these prices Crucial is making NVMe solid state drives is more accessible! Overall ThinkComputers gives the Crucial P1 1TB Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Good overall performance
– Does not overheat
– 5 year warranty
– Dramatic drop in write performance with sustained writes