Crucial already expanded its product range with the P5 NVMe SSD last year. While the P2 does not come close to the limits of the interface and rather wants to convince with a low price, the P5 is a much faster SSD for the high-end sector. Crucial promises up to 3400 MB/s for reading and up to 3000 MB/s for writing. The SSD is available with capacities of 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB.
We have the Crucial P5 with 2 TB in front of us. Whether the NVMe SSD delivers what it promises, we will clarify in the following test.
|Form factor||M.2 2280|
|Flash type||Micron 96-layer 3D TLC|
|Cache||1 GB LPDDR4 (DRAM)|
|max. read/write speed (MB/s)||3400/3000|
|MTBF||1.8 million hours|
The Crucial P5 is an SSD in the compact M.2 format, which is connected via PCIe Gen3x4. The protocol is NVMe 1.3. Crucial promises read and write rates of up to 3400 MB/s and 3000 MB/s for the P5, respectively, and a DRAM cache is also available. These or very similar values have meanwhile established themselves in the high-end area of PCIe 3.0 SSDs, so the target group is clearly recognizable. Crucial addresses enthusiasts and users who need or want maximum performance here.
The SSD comes in a mostly black cardboard box that is reminiscent of a SATA SSD package in terms of size. In addition to the M.2 SSD, there is only a short manual in the box.
The look of the M.2 SSD is very plain and simple. Crucial does without a heat sink, a flashy design or even RGB. The SSD is black from the PCB to the sticker, which covers almost the entire front. The Crucial logo and the model name are the only contrast. The SSD is also only equipped on one side. On the back is another sticker with specifications for capacity, interface, voltage and current, among others.