Crucial P3 Plus 4TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-07-23

The P3 Plus 4TB drive from Crucial is a good product to consider when aiming mostly at high-capacity and less on the speed, performing well as a mainstream drive. We noted that it does not get as hot as its 2TB counterpart but does still require placement in a well-ventilated chassis and covered by a heatsink provided by the computer motherboard. Using such drive in a laptop will surely max out the temperatures and besides a shorter lifespan, the drive will also perform less than desired, due to throttling.

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At first we would like to thank Crucial for sending a sample of their P3 Plus 4TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 SSD for testing and reviewing.



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Comment from jmke @ 2023/07/26
hey Stefan,

during Amazon sales I bought a Crucial P3 (none plus) 4TB NVMe drive
installed in a machine with PCI NVMe slot, have a few other SSD SATA and NVMe Samsung drives also around.

What you experienced here:

is exactly what I saw too; also take a look at the drive activity in task manager when you see this sharp drop in performance.

like you had here

Thi is because Crucial is using: Micron 176 Layer 3D QLC NAND – Quadruple-Level-Cell ;
in order of performance , SSD Cells

the P3 and P3 Plus have NO dedicated DRAM cache, they will first write data first level SLC, once that is filled , will start going in the QLC and this is where you see the huge performance drop AND a huge increase in response times (3000ms+) and the disk I/O is at 100%. And this during a simple sequential write action.

My 10 year old SATA150 HDD has higher sequential write speeds than this NVMe SSD!

and once that I/O is at 100%, FULL system hang.
This drive should never be used as an OS Disk; and even as a scratch/data disk, seeing the performance drop; cannot really recommend it.

the 2TB Crucial P3 Plus is at €99 at
Samsung 970 Evo 2TB NVMe is at €98 at same shop

and that is a complete no brainer; the Samsung EVO 970 hold consistent NVMe PCI express levels of performance, not seeing ANY drops in performance as stellar as this Crucial one and I/O activity remains lower and latency is at <1ms, instead of 2000-3000ms I see with the Crucial NVMe

this is one drive to avoid imho
Comment from jmke @ 2023/07/26
here is somebody with the exact same experience with Crucial P3 Plus

A quarter of the storage volume – that’s 250 GB in the case of my test sample – can be written with 1 bit in the fast, single-level cell mode (SLC). Once these are used up, the disk switches back to QLC mode. SSDs use a trick here. Namely, if SLC mode is exhausted and no large write operations are pending, they shovel the data into the QLC memory. This should free up a quarter of the available memory for SLC mode. As my test shows, this only works to a limited extent on the Crucial P3 Plus.

Here, too, the P3 Plus falls short. When the SSD is empty, the transfer speed is 1.5 GB/s on average, and it doesn’t throttle at any point. This is a decent value.

However, my further tests reveal a big problem with the P3 Plus. I delete all data from the SSD and repeat the test with twice the amount of data, i.e. 138 GB, by creating copies of the movies on the system drive. I repeat the latter step until the P3 Plus starts throttling. Shortly after the start of the third round – with around 250 GB of total data written so far – the SSD throttles to an average of 70 MB/s.
Comment from jmke @ 2023/07/26
my experience in one picture:

80Mb/s max write speeds;
Latency spikes, activity at 100%