Crucial Launches New M4 SSD Lineup Boasting Faster Write Speeds



Crucial has just launched its new M4 lineup of 2.5-inch solid-state drives, which are the successors to the RealSSD C300 range, and boast faster read and write speeds. The M4 uses 25nm technology NAND flash created by its parent company Micron, and is available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models.

Crucial claim the new M4 SSDs reach read speeds of up to 415MBps – a 17% increase over its predecessor – while write speeds are up 20% with speeds of up to 260MBps.

As with all SSDs, however, this technology doesn’t come cheap. The 64GB M4 will cost you $130, which rises to $250 for the 128GB, $500 for the 256GB and $1000 for the 512GB. All can be purchased directly from Crucial and include a three-year warranty.

While the M4s are pretty pricey, solid-state drives are a great way of improving the speed of your Mac. Traditional hard drives are famous for being the bottleneck in modern-day Macs, and since the release of the incredibly nippy second-generation MacBook Air, many users have realized the difference an SSD can make and have adopted the new technology. Recent tests have proven that MacBook Pros equipped with SSD drives are significantly faster than those with traditional HDDs.

[via Macworld]

  • dannypolicarpo

    It’s a real shame that this kind of technology is still so pricey considering how far advanced we have come with it now. I think once more major PC manufacturers such as Apple fully switch over there product line ups to this new standard and consumers see the real significant difference the SSD makes on a Mac hopefully prices will start to decrease.

    After purchasing an 11″ MBA several months ago and completely writing it off before using it, i was astonished by all the reviews saying how nippy this low spec machine was. After testing it myself and using it for the first 24-48 hours the differences where so clear to see in real life situations, it is amazing how it really does make such a huge difference using an SSD.