by Mark Kidd

Crucial v4 SSD Targets Existing SATA 2 Systems with Low-Cost Performance

Crucial has introduced its v4 Solid State Drive (SSD), designed to upgrade the storage performance of SATA 2 (3Gb/s) systems. SATA 2 is the predominant interface for systems manufactured before 2011, and the v4 SSD focuses on maximizing the transfer capabilities of such mainstream desktops and laptops.

The Crucial v4 SSD leverages Micron Technology’s design and manufacturing capabilities to bring a product to market that is intended to maximize the performance of older systems at competitive consumer price points. The v4 SSD joins the m4 SSD and Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution to round out Crucial’s SSD portfolio.


  • Interface: SATA 2
  • Sustained Sequential Read (128k transfer):
    • 32GB: 200MB/s
    • 64GB: 230MB/s
    • 128GB: 230MB/s
    • 256GB: 230MB/s
  • Sustained Sequential Write (128k transfer):
    • 32GB: 60MB/s
    • 64GB: 100MB/s
    • 128GB: 175MB/s
    • 256GB: 190MB/s
  • Random Read (4k transfer): 10,000 IOPS
  • Random Write (4k transfer):
    • 32GB: 1,200 IOPS
    • 64GB: 2,400 IOPS
    • 128GB: 4,000 IOPS
    • 256GB: 4,000 IOPS
  • Form Factor: 2.5-inch 9.5mm
  • NAND Flash Memory: 25nm Micron NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell (MLC) SSD-Quality Components
  • Life Expectancy: 1.2 million hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
  • Warranty: Limited three year warranty
  • Endurance: 36TB Total Bytes Written (TBW), equal to 20GB written per day for 5 years
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C
  • Compliance: CE, FCC, BSMI, C-Tick, VCCI, KCC, RoHS, China RoHS, WEEE
  • Firmware: Field Upgradeable Firmware
  • Product Health Monitoring: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) commands

Crucial v4 SSDs are available now through Crucial channel partners or at v4 SSDs are offered with MSRPs of $49.99 (32GB), $69.99 (64GB), $99.99 (128GB), and $189.99 (256GB)

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