Controller: Marvell 88SS1074. Flash Memory: Micron 3D TLC.

Controller: Silicon Motion SM2258. Flash Memory: Micron 3D TLC.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 16,191 user samples
15,582 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 82% 174GB free
Worst Bench: 49% 151GB free
Poor: 49% Great: 82%
SPEED RANK: 387th / 908
609 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 153GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 20GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 149th / 908
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
68.6 % 85.6 % Faster effective speed.
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
462 MB/s 502 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
297 MB/s 374 MB/s Faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
22.8 MB/s 30.8 MB/s Much faster random read.
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
58.6 MB/s 66.8 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
307 MB/s 401 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
17.5 MB/s 28.3 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
484 MB/s 527 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
Peak Sequential Write Speed
339 MB/s 398 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
27.5 MB/s 39.7 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
80.9 MB/s 94.5 MB/s Faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
339 MB/s 422 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
24.3 MB/s 41.5 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 6,032,923 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.57 % Much higher market share.
0.37 %
Value For Money
82.1 % 97.2 % Better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % 67 %
Price (score)
$82 $80 +2%
21 Months 3 Months Hugely more recent.
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
230 MB/s 355 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
222 MB/s 274 MB/s Faster peak deep queue write.
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
802 Pts 1,093 Pts Much stronger server IO.
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
40.4 MB/s 74.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
130 MB/s 154 MB/s Faster deep queue read.
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
133 MB/s 157 MB/s Faster deep queue write.
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
26.2 MB/s 45.5 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
275GB 250GB

The 275GB Crucial MX300 supersedes the MX200. Unlike its predecessor, the MX300 is TLC based and therefore suffers from weak write speeds in comparison to MLC drives. The MX300 utilises a sophisticated algorithm to enable fast burst write speeds provided that there is sufficient free space on the disk but as the drive fills up write performance drops to the relatively poor levels seen on other TLC drives (similar to mechanical drives). At current prices (70 USD) the MX300 competes well with other low end drives such as the OCZ Trion, Adata SP550 and Samsung 750 EVO. As stocks build the MX300 is likely to see further price cuts, so it could become a very interesting value proposition. See the current value leaders here[Sep '16 SSDrivePro]


The MX500 is Crucial’s current flagship consumer SATA SSD featuring their latest second generation 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. It’s available in 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacities in a 2.5-inch form factor. All but the 2 TB version will also be available in M.2 (2280) form in the future. The MX500 features a Silicon Motion SM2258 controller which is a change from the Marvell 88SS1074 controller featured in the MX300 (it’s nearly two year old predecessor). Performance is around 30% better than on the MX300 which currently retails at the same price. The MX500 has an SLC cache which increases with drive capacity. Consequently, the larger capacities are better able to sustain high sequential write speeds. The 250 GB version has 250MB of SLC cache, the 500 GB has 512 MB, the 1 TB has 1 GB and the 2 TB has 2 GB. Extended sustained write performance tests show that even though speed does drop off after the cache has been exhausted, it is still maintained at very respectable levels. The MX500’s five year warranty is in line with Samsung’s 850 Evo and exceeds it in terms of endurance (just 75 TBW for the 250 GB 850 Evo versus 100 TBW for the 250 GB MX500). It doesn’t quite match up to the Samsung’s 850 Evo’s performance (effective speed 8% slower), however at current prices it is about 20% cheaper, and on balance offers better value for money. [Mar '18 SSDrivePro]


Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 2018 SSD Rankings.

Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]


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