We tested the M700 SATA SSD

On this review, we are taking a good look at the HP M700 2.5″ 120GB SATA SSD. It is a sub $30 USD featuring read and write speeds of up to 560 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively.

The HP M700 is available in two variants: The 120GB and 240GB models. Both features HP’s very own controller and a 2D Planar MLC NAND under a 2.5″ form factor.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

HP EX920 M.2 256GB NVME SSD

Capacity120GB (120GB, 240GB)
ControllerDual Core HP controller
NAND Flash2D Planar MLC
Form Factor2.5″ (7mm)
Sequential Read3200MB/s
Sequential Write1200MB/s
Random Read IOPS180K IOPS
Random Write IOPS250K IOPS
Warranty5 Years
TBW160TB

Our unit is again the 120GB variant, with a 560MB/s read and 520MB/s write performance. Warranty is 3 years, which is decent for a 145TB TBW SSD.

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:

The HP M700 SSD’s packaging is rather simple. It’s just a slim box with with a few notable features printed out of the box.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD (1)

We got screws for mounting and a quick start guide. No spacer here though which is a shame for those who have notebooks with 9.5mm bays.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD (2)

DESIGN, LAYOUT AND CONNECTIVITY:

The HP M700 SSD is a simple looking 2.5″ drive. It is made out of aluminum so it’s rather light – good for portable devices.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD (3)

The drive is around 6.6mm thin, posing a small problem for those who have 9.5mm drive bays. A quick fix here is to use double sided tape or anything equivalent to avoid slack.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD (5)

Overall, the drive appears to be made with quality material.

TEST SETUP AND METHODOLOGY:

Our storage device reviews revolves around the use of various storage benchmark tools and real world benchmarks. Our setup fills up the test drive to at least 50% of its capacity. This is done so to negate the FOB (Fresh Out the Box) performance of the drive; ensuring that we are testing the drive near its expected usage. The drive is formatted under NTFS and is attached to its natively supported interface. This is to ensure the system is at its optimal testing state.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD Benchmark (1)

TEST SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS
ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K
MotherboardASUS Z170-A / SuperMicro C7Z270-CG
CoolerCryorig C1 Top Flow
MemoryCrucial Ballistix Tactical @ 2666MHz 4x4GB Kit
GraphicsASUS GTX 1060 STRIX OC 6GB
StorageCrucial BX200 480GB
PowerCORSAIR RM850X
DisplayDELL U2715H
OSMicrosoft Windows 10 Pro

THROUGHPUT PERFORMANCE:

Throughput performance in MB/s is measured with CrystalDiskMark. First up on the test is the Sequential read and write performance, measured with a block size of 1MB, 1GB transfer size and 32 Queue Depth. This test is more in line with large file transfers; similar to watching a movie.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD Benchmark (1)

The second one is the Random 4K read and write performance, measured with a random block size of 4KB, 1GB transfer size and 32 Queue Depth. This test is more in line with small file transfers; similar to transferring installation files and reading game data.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD Benchmark (2)

The HP M700 started slow on our sequential benchmark, with the lowest score out of the bunch. At random 4K though, it managed to best two drives at read performance, while write is just so-so.

IOPS PERFORMANCE:

Input/Output Operations per Second is is measured with AS SSD. The Random 4K-64Thrd read and write benchmark is used for this test. Performance is measured with a random block size of 4KB, a 1GB transfer size and 64-thread IO requests. This tests the storage medium’s ability to use Native Command Queuing (NCQ) at higher Queue Depth. A Useful metric for server side applications.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD Benchmark (3)

The read and write IOPS performance of the HP M700 is typical of that of a SATA drive.

ACCESS TIME PERFORMANCE:

The read and write latency is measured with AS SSD using a 512KB block size. Access Time is just as important as the throughput and IOPS performance of the drive; allowing us to peak into how fast or slow a storage medium can access a given data. Latency is measured in milliseconds.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD Benchmark (4)

Access times is also not the drive’s strong suite, with a record high 0.118ms write performance.

REAL WORLD PERFORMANCE:

Our real world performance test consists of 3 file folders containing 6GB worth of text files, images and videos each. The files are copied within the drive using TeraCopy to evaluate the storage medium’s performance. File copy performance is measured in seconds.

HP M700 120GB SATA SSD Benchmark (5)

The HP M700 scored decently on our real world file copy benchmark. Suffice to say that its copy performance is way better compared to its synthetic benchmark runs.

WRAPPING IT UP:

The HP M700 is a good entry level option for those who are looking for a budget yet capable drive. Again, it is not the fastest among the SATA drives we’ve tested, but it is enough for general tasks that the usual end user does.

We kinda wish we had 120GB of usable capacity over 111GB though. It is also only available in 120GB and 240GB variants so those who are looking for a larger capacity budget champ should look elsewhere.

The HP M700 retails for around 1600 Pesos or about $30 USD. A good storage device to start your investment on a solid state drive.

  • DECENT OVERALL PERFORMANCE
  • GOOD FILE COPY PERFORMANCE
  • EXCELLENT PRICE POINT
  • ACCESS TIMES COULD BE BETTER
  • COULD USE A SPACER

TechPorn Awards 2018 (3)

HP M700 2.5" 120GB SATA SSD
  • PERFORMANCE
  • BUILD QUALITY
  • FEATURES
  • AESTHETICS
  • VALUE
3.6

Summary

The HP M700 retails for around 1600 Pesos or about $30 USD. A good storage device to start your investment on a solid state drive.