A breakthrough in innovation, the Crucial M550 SSD is over 20 times faster than a typical hard drive* and consumes significantly less power. It enables your computer to boot up almost immediately, load files and programs almost instantly, accelerate demanding applications, and manage power so that your battery lasts up to 50 minutes longer.
Every manufacturer has ideas about how to deliver better performance. Some use file compression schemes, but those don’t help video, audio, or graphic files that are already compressed. Some steal system memory to improve a slow drive. The Crucial M550 treats all files the same, regardless of whether they’re compressed or uncompressed, so the specs we advertise are the same ones you’ll see in real world use: true 550 MB/s sequential reads across all file types.
Our engineers are relentless and passionate about the products they create. To deliver consistently fast write performance, they developed a more efficient and dependable way to write data called Native Write Acceleration. This technology spreads the drive’s workload across several elements, and links the controller, custom firmware, and flash storage components together, enabling you to achieve inherently faster downloads, saves, and file transfers.
Run your system longer than ever before - and use less power. Based on published specs, a common laptop hard drive uses 2.5 watts of power on an average workload, compared to 0.15 watts on the Crucial M550 (which is up to 94% more energy efficient).
If one of your videos, photos, or files happened to get corrupted, there’s a good chance it would no longer be usable. That’s why we’ve taken additional safeguards to ensure the integrity of your data. As a leading manufacturer of the flash storage components that go into SSDs, our exclusive multi-step data integrity algorithm is built into the components we use, arming them with four layers of defense against data corruption.
You probably save lots of sensitive and personal information on your computer - encrypt it and keep it safe. As a self-encrypting drive, the Crucial M550 incorporates the highest level of hardware encryption into the controller, allowing the drive to operate at full speed without the performance loss associated with software-based encryption.
Push your drive to the limit and avoid overheating, even in ultra-small, thermally constrained systems. The Crucial M550 includes Adaptive Thermal Protection technology, which enables the drive to dynamically adjust NAND activity based on usage demands. With this technology, the drive is able to maintain optimal operating temperatures, even when you overwork it.
I see on crucial website and some other sellers the following product reference: CT512M550SSD1 and on some other websites, I find CT512M550SSD3.
What does the "3" means versus the "1"? is it 100% the same or is it a newer version?
Got an Aspire S7 there but it comes with no hard drive. I'm looking at replacements and the one the S7 comes with is the
CMT-256L3M from Lite-On but i can only find them from China and don't want to wait that long. Would there by any compatibility issues if i just bought the M550 mSATA drive from Crucial?
Of course it cannot be done. There is no MX550 drive from Crucial There is one called M550 but for that model there is no update at the moment. Most likely you refer to M500's firmware update guide but M500 is a different model.
I have an MX100 512GB SSD drive installed in my system. For some unknown to me reason, the drive is not running at the advertized speed:
What I get in arround 450MB/s Read and about 480MB/s Write for some reason. I have checked all the settings in my BIOS I heve reinstalled my OS, but there is no change...
When I purchased the MX100, it replaced my old SSD (Kingston V300 120GB) which was too small for me. the old one was working fine and the read speed was going up to 550MB/s so my configuration is ok.
My configuration is:
MB: AsRock Z77 Extreme4
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1240-V2
RAM: 2x4GB Kingston Hyper-X 1600 DDR3
HDD: MX100 512GB + 2x500GB (Maxtor SATA HDDs running in RAID)
VGA: GTX 570
Ideas or maybe an updated firmware?