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Crucial T700 with Heatsink SSD Review

Crucial T700 SSD Feature Image

Introduction

Gen5 SSDs have been but a distant whisper in the wind for quite some time. With motherboard manufacturers both on Intel and AMD‘s side preparing for the inevitable, by cramming all of their boards with Gen5 technology for GPUs and storage. We’ve been anticipating the release of some new speedy SSDs, but now the wait is finally over, Gen5 drives are officially here.

We’ve seen a number of PCI-E 5.0 drives announced in the past month or so from popular manufacturers, such as Corsair, Gigabyte, MSI, and more. In this particular article, we’re taking a look at a pretty impressive drive from Crucial, the T700. This new Gen5 drive is looking to reshape the market, offering insane speeds geared towards workstations and other high-end systems.

We’ll be taking a look at the performance metrics of this drive to see what’s on offer, and we’ll also be providing some alternative Gen5 options that come in at a similar price point whilst still sporting great speeds across the board.

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Crucial T700 Design

Moving onto the design and aesthetic of this SSD, Crucial have kept things nice and simple. The first thing you’ll immediately notice is the massive heatsink on this drive. Gen5 drives are the fastest options on the market right now, so it is quite likely that the NAND flash chips in these new SSDs are going to be rather hot, which is why they need such a chunky heatsink

MPI_Crucial T700 Side On

Aesthetics wise, the actual drive is matte black in terms of colour. Crucial haven’t gone for any crazy colour schemes or any RGB which is a little bit disappointing considering how expensive these new drives are. Otherwise there isn’t much to cover when it comes to the overall design. I’d argue that the design of the drive isn’t particularly important, but if you’re paying a fair amount, I can understand feeling a bit ripped off if the heatsink doesn’t look more like a gaming component. Either way, I’m happy with the aesthetic here, if you don’t care about how your SSD looks, this drive should blend in pretty well.

MPI_Crucial T700 in Plant

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Do You Need a Gen5 Drive?

PCI Express-based storage has been the norm for quite some time, with Gen3 and Gen4 drives heavily saturating the market in the past couple of years or so. Over the past few months, we’ve seen significant price drops in the storage space, with a multitude of top-end drives sitting at very reasonable prices making them a rather compelling choice if you’re looking for a storage upgrade, or if you’re building a new PC.

MPI_Crucial T700 Angled

But a question still stands, in light of the arrival of Gen5 drives, are they worth picking up? Honestly, I don’t think they are. Whilst I’m excited to see what these new drives offer when it comes to speeds, they are also incredibly overkill for pretty much everything. The only time you would ever need a drive like this, is for moving massive files. If you’re a video editor and you handle huge files on a regular basis, having a Gen5 drive will increase transfer speed time, allowing you to carry on with your projects much quicker.

Besides this, the drives are kind of pointless. Gen4 hasn’t exactly become the norm, and although these drives are super cheap at the moment, Gen3 can easily withstand the demand that modern games require, and they’re cheaper than Gen4 options. Until Gen4 drives become the normality for consumers, it is highly unlikely Gen5 is going to be a necessity anytime soon. Obviously if your use-case requires it, then great, these new drives are insanely powerful and will perform as expected. But if you don’t desperately need one, I’d recommend sticking to Gen4 and Gen3 options for the time being.

Performance

Taking a look at performance, we fired up CrystalDiskMark to see what speeds the Crucial T700 could read. Overall the metrics are mostly on par with the speeds, advertised sequential reads and writes are 12400MB/s and 11800MB/s. Obviously we can see from these results that the read speeds are somewhat under the advertised, but only by around 100MB/s or so.

MPI_Crucial T700 Speed Test

We’d say take this with a grain of salt, as the result could be a slight anomaly. In terms of write speeds, we were just under the advertised metric here, too, with an output of around 11573MB/s. We’re pretty happy with the results here. Regardless of our benchmark not hitting the advertised speeds, these drives are still insanely fast.

Compared to the other Gen5 SSDs that we’ve tested, the Crucial T700 is one of the weaker choices. Admittedly, the read and write speeds are incredibly strong, but through advancements in the tech, Corsair’s MP700 and the MSI Spatium M570 are better performers.

SSD Testing Graph Crucial T700 Highlight

Conclusion

Crucial T700

Product Name: T700 SSD

Brand: Crucial

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Summary

Crucials T700 drive is an exciting new piece of tech in the SSD space. This drive is one of the best performing Gen5 options that you can pickup right now, with the majority of other drives capping out at 10GB/s even on higher capacity drives. Whilst the T700 is impressive, I feel the vast majority of consumers do not need an SSD this powerful. Gen3 and Gen4 drives are more than capable of holding up to modern day standards when it comes to gaming, so the overall use-case for this SSD is somewhat niche. Regardless, if you need a top-end drive, the T700 won’t disappoint, but definitely have a look at the alternatives before picking up this awesome, but somewhat overkill option.

Pros

✅ One of the highest performing Gen5 drives.

✅ Heatsink should keep thermals at bay.

✅ Ideal for a top-end system.

Cons

❌ Very expensive.

❌ Niche use-case.

❌ Top speeds only available on 2TB and 4TB drives.

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Jay Harris is an expert in everything PC hardware! With a degree in Cybersecurity, and a PC hardware background Jay has all of the technical knowledge required to make informed recommendations. Jay is an avid keyboard builder and gamer, with a major passion for tech. In fact, Jay's personal rig boasts a white RX 7900 XTX graphics card, inside of the Lian O11D Mini - a true enthusiast's dream!