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Quote :The Crucial P2 is an entry-level drive designed for end-users who want to leverage the NVMe technology in a very affordable way, specifically those building a new system or upgrading their old SATA-based one. Compared to the new P5 model (which focuses more on the graphic designer and gamer demo), the P2 is more in line with daily computing needs. Moreover, while its predecessor shipped with QLC, Micron decided to go more on a performance-focused route by equipping the P2 with TLC 3D NAND technology. Currently, it only comes in capacities of 250GB and 500GB.
There were no surprises with its performance results during our tests, showing very weak write activity across the board. Highlights include: 228,048 IOPS in 4K read, 58,355 IOPS in 4K write, 1.34GB/s in 64K read, and 311MB/s in 64K write. In our VDI Clone, we saw 51,084 IOPS in boot, 13,937 IOPS in initial login, and 16,700 IOPS in Monday login.
Though the P2 is one of the more weak-performing TLC-based consumer SSDs we've seen, in the end, Crucial achieved exactly what it set out to do: create an ultra-affordable NVMe drive that is priced at the expense of write performance. In any case, you will certainly see an overall improvement in system performance compared to a SATA SSD or an HDD if you install your OS on the Crucial P2 NVMe SSD. If you value cost over everything else or if you're on a strict budget, the P2 is definitely a viable option as a starter drive.