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Crucial P5 Plus NVMe SSD review

A latest generation NVMe SSD from a reputable memory and flash storage manufacturer.

The Crucial P5 Plus NVMe is the first Gen4 SSD Crucial by Micron has to offer, aimed at creative enthusiasts, music producers and gamers alike. With competitive pricing and a 5 year guarantee, is this a drive to consider?

Specifications

The P5 Plus on paper doesn’t have the best specifications. Crucial claims sequential read speeds of up to 6,600MB/s, but they’re catering towards creative professionals working from home, or gamers who have more time on their hands, and need a reliable drive that can access files and applications faster.

The P5 Plus comes in three different sizes – 500GB, 1TB and 2TB, which should be sufficient for most users. It’s likely you’ll have additional internal or external drives if necessary. It can also withstand up to 1,200TB of writes for the 2TB drive – using some nifty algorithms.

In order to get proper use of the Crucial P5 Plus, you will need a motherboard chipset that supports PCI Express 4.0. A small selection of new AMD Ryzen motherboards and Intel Z590-based boards for 10th/11th generation should do the trick. It’s best to check your motherboard specifications beforehand.

If you’re a laptop user, sadly a very limited amount of laptops support PCI Express 4.0 – and if you have a new high-spec machine, it’s likely you have an NVMe SSD already kitted out.

For the security conscious, the Crucial P5 Plus features AES 256-bit full-disk encryption based on the TCG OPAL 2.0 specification. It’s also got TRIM, S.M.A.R.T. data reporting and secure erase capability, which are all almost becoming the norm these days in terms of SSD storage.

Installing the Crucial Storage Executive software was simple, which allows you to monitor any Crucial SSD installed in your PC. You can also update your drives firmware as it becomes available.

Crucial P5 Plus NVMe SSD

Tests

We used the Crucial P5 Plus in a test rig alongside a Samsung 980 Pro, another Gen4 drive that I love. In all tests (including game loading times, data transfer and file zip) the Crucial P5 Plus lagged behind the Samsung 980 Pro, however it was still respectable in all categories. It’s comparable to some of the better Gen3 drives available.

Conclusion

For the price, the Crucial P5 Plus should be an option if you’re looking for a decent PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe SSD. At the time of writing, the Samsung 980 Pro 1TB has a $70 premium over the Crucial P5 Plus 1TB SSD.

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