Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review :: Test Setup and Software

12-20-2009 · Category: Hardware - Hard Drives

By Benjamin Sun

Our test platform for Hard Disks and SSDs has by necessity changed to reflect the times. I decided to use our Video Card test platform. The tests we use include the AS SSD test and Copy test that take forever to complete on a regular HDD and therefore not tested on a regular HDD, ATTO, CrystalDiskMark, PCMark Vantage’s HDD test, Sisoft Sandra’s Disk benchmark, HD Tach Read performance under Windows XP SP2 Compatibility mode and HD Tune.

In terms of performance the Crucial SSD drive is faster than the Samsung drive in several areas and slower in other areas. But looking at the actual benchmarks we used it is clear that the Crucial drive has less dips in performance across the entirety of the tests compared to the Samsung drive. Sustained performance across a longer period of time with minimal dips is more important than faster burst speed especially on a SSD drive.


Test System


  • Intel X58SO Motherboard running latest drivers and BIOS
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Video card running Catalyst 9.11 drivers
  • 6GB Kingston KHX1600 DDR3-1600MHz memory running at 1333MHz
  • Windows 7 64-bit Premium
  • 256GB Crucial M225 SSD

Test software


  • AS SSD Test
  • AS SSD Copy test
  • ATTO
  • CrystalDiskMark
  • HD Tach
  • HD Tune
  • Sisoft Sandra Disk benchmark
  • PCMark Vantage

Test Results


Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Crucial AS SSD

Crucial AS SSD

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Samsung AS SSD

Samsung AS SSD

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Crucial AS SSD Copy

Crucial AS SSD Copy

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Samsung AS SSD Copy

Samsung AS SSD Copy

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Crucial ATTO

Crucial ATTO

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Samsung ATTO

Samsung ATTO

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Crucial CrystalDiskMark

Crucial CrystalDiskMark

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Samsung CrystalDiskMark

Samsung CrystalDiskMark

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Crucial HD Tach

Crucial HD Tach

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Samsung HD Tach

Samsung HD Tach

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Crucial HD Tune

Crucial HD Tune

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Samsung HD Tune

Samsung HD Tune

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Crucial Sandra HDD test

Crucial Sandra HDD test

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Samsung Sandra HDD test

Samsung Sandra HDD test

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Crucial PCMark Vantage

Crucial PCMark Vantage

Crucial M225 2.5” 256GB Solid-State Drive Review Samsung PCMark Vantage

Samsung PCMark Vantage