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Crucial v4 SSD review: very cheap 128 / 256GB SSDs, very low performance

Inexpensive SSDs, but how do they perform?

The Crucial v4s are pretty much the cheapest SSDs you can currently find, so it's not fair to expect the best performance. That said, the v4s are a lot slower than all other current SSDs, even the already slow OCZ Petrols. You get what you pay for, and in this case it's not a whole lot. It's almost an inevitable result of the price war that's been going on in the world of SSDs. There are better options out there for affordable SSDs. See all storage reviews.

Solid State Drives are the best way of adding a noticeable performance boost to your computer. More and more very affordable SSDs are being released, so the question is how cheap is too cheap? Where should you draw the line? See also: Install an SSD in your PC.

Crucial is known for selling affordable SSDs. The manufacturer made many consumers happy by frequently lowering the price of its popular m4 SSDs, keeping them more affordable than comparable models from the competition. It will probably be difficult for Crucial to keep the m4 as the cheapest SSD around, especially now that Samsung is attacking the market with very low prices as well. In order to remain competitive, Crucial has released a line of budget SSDs called the v4. Hardware.Info tested the 128 GB and 256 GB models.

The Crucial v4 SSD uses a budget controller, which is apparent from the SATA 300 interface instead of the faster SATA 600. Judging from the specs from Crucial we shouldn't expect too much in terms of performance. It is actually reminiscent of the specifications of the very first SSDs from years back, it feels like a 2009 SSD in a 2012 coat.

The Crucial v4s are pretty much the cheapest SSDs you can currently find, so it's not fair to expect the best performance. To find out how the new Crucial SSD compares to other affordable SSDs, read the full review on Hardware.Info.

Crucial v4s

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