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Review of the 2TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD from Crucial P5 Plus with heatsink


The highly rated P5 model’s replacement, the Crucial P5 Plus SSD, appears set to occupy a comparable market space by providing both value and performance. The 1TB model is the subject of this review. The storage device uses Micron’s most recent 176 Layer TLC NAND technology. As a Micron affiliate, Crucial has direct access to this premium 176-Layer (RG NAND Gen 2) flash memory, allowing them to provide their goods at low prices without compromising on quality. For the P5 Plus series, the company uses an in-house controller and NAND to offer performance metrics close to 6.5 GB/sec, a major gain over earlier generations.

Although many different SSD alternatives are available in 2021, the performance numbers still provide a rough idea of the total device performance. Compared to prior models, the most recent NVMe M.2 SSD provides quicker PCI-Express 4.0 (x4) connectivity. There are three storage options for the P5 Plus: 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. ACCORDING TO CRUCIAL, the P5 Plus 1TB model can achieve peak read and write rates of 6,600 MB/s and 5,000 MB/s, respectively. These numbers are still amazingly high even though they somewhat lag behind the quickest PCIe Gen 4 SSDs. The SSD supports 3D TLC NAND and has PCI-Express 4.0 and random read and write speeds of 630K–700K IOPS.

When using random access, SSDs at this performance level (X4) offer extraordinarily fast processing speeds. Additionally, the SSD is constructed with high-density 3D TLC NAND and provides up to 600 TB. written for the five-year warranty-backed, 1TB device used in this test. Prices have fallen so drastically that a 2TB model can be purchased for as little as $129, or 6-7 cents per GB, which is getting close to and surpassing HDD pricing. The Crucial series SSD, well-known for its excellent performance and frequently outstanding value, is an M.2 NVMe SSD that supports the PCI-Express 4.0 interface, updating the P5 PLUS series.

It is an M.2 form factor SSD that supports NVMe 1.4 and is loaded with special Vertically stacked TLC written (3-bits per cell) NAND. The performance figures offered by a high-quality SATA3 SSD are still exceptional in the modern era. However, 10-fold performance is now possible with the more specialized NVMe SSDs, leading to amazing results. The device will work with most ATX motherboards supporting M.2 thanks to its 8cm M.2 2280 form factor.