CrucialCT250MX500SSD1
CrucialCT250BX100SSD1

Controller: Silicon Motion SM2258. Flash Memory: Micron 3D TLC. Release date: Q4 2017.

Controller: Silicon Motion SM2246EN. Flash Memory: Micron 16nm MLC. Release date: Q1 2015.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 19,543 user samples
5,083 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 125% 232GB free
Worst Bench: 77% 89GB free (System drive)
Poor: 77% Great: 125%
SPEED RANK: 137th / 956
14,460 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 122GB free
Worst Bench: 60% 95GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 230th / 956
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
107 % Faster effective speed.
+24%
86.9 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
477 MB/s +1% 471 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
422 MB/s Faster write speed.
+22%
346 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
35.4 MB/s Much faster random read.
+35%
26.3 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
90.4 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+10%
82.4 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
413 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+46%
282 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
48.9 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+35%
36.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
373 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+39%
269 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
515 MB/s 515 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
468 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+26%
371 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
43 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+38%
31.1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
121 MB/s +3% 117 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
451 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+34%
337 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
60 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
45.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
459 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+26%
364 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 8,568,611 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.49 % Hugely higher market share.
+113%
0.23 %
Value
Value For Money
174 % Hugely better value.
+196%
58.7 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
75 % More popular.
+21%
62 %
Price
Price (score)
$50 Much cheaper.
+69%
$160
Age
Newest
9 Months Much more recent.
+80%
44 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
386 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
+37%
281 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
359 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue write.
+12%
321 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,267 Pts Stronger server IO.
+23%
1,029 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
278 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+40%
198 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
342 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
+36%
251 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
312 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue write.
+12%
279 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
249 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
+51%
165 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
250GB 250GB
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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]

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The 250GB Crucial BX100 SSD is the value orientated variant of Crucial's M range of SSDs. The BX100 uses the same NAND as its premium MX200 sibling but the BX100 uses a Silicon Motion controller as opposed to the Marvel controller found in the MX range. Feature wise the BX100 is missing SLC caching and there is no hardware encryption (so security frameworks such as windows Bitlocker will operate less efficiently). In terms of I/O performance the BX100 looks promising. Comparing the BX100 and MX100 shows that the newer BX100 may be faster than its predecessor but as yet there are insufficient user benchmarks to draw any definitive conclusions. The BX100 has only just started hitting the shelves so there's plenty of room for price reductions from its already reasonable price tag. I will revisit this review when I have more performance data for the BX100. [Jan '15 SSDrivePro]

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