2. Closer look, installation, software
Below you see the package of the 1TB Crucial P1 SSD.
The Crucial P1 is an NVMe 1.3 compliant SSD that communicates over a PCIe 3.1 x4 connection. It comes in an M.2 2280 form factor and and the 1TB model we have in our hands is single-sided, meaning all the components are on one side of the PCB. The SSD comes with a blacked-out PCB. Make sure not to remove the white sticker on top since that would void the drive's warranty.
As we peviously mentioned, the Crucial P1 comes equipped with the four-channel Silicon Motion SM2263EN controller that limits it to a maximum of 2GB/s of throughput.
The 1TB model comes with two NAND packages filled with 128GiB dies and has 931GB of usable capacity after formatting in Windows. The drive also uses a DDR3 buffer to accelerate the Flash Translation Layer (FTL). All models have 1MB of DRAM per 1GB of NAND.
Software and Accessories
- Crucial Storage Executive
- True Image Account
- True Image Backup
- True Image Support
- True Image Tools
Crucial offers Acronis True Image HD software, which you can use to clone over your OS from your old drive or for backing up your data, and its Crucial Storage Executive software. The Storage Executive software provides SMART value monitoring, capacity monitoring, and performs firmware updates. The software also enables Crucial's Momentum Cache, which is a RAM caching program that absorbs incoming random write data and flushes it to the drive as sequential data. That improves both performance and endurance.
The P1 came with firmware P3CR010 inctalled, as you see in the screenshots below: