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

Controller: Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2. Flash Memory: SanDisk 19nm eX2 ABL MLC.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 4,763 user samples
567 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 153GB free
Worst Bench: 61% 20GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 143rd / 908
4,196 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 197GB free
Worst Bench: 57% 20GB free
Poor: 57% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 171st / 908
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
86.2 % +3% 83.4 %
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
502 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
472 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
374 MB/s 414 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
31 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
27.5 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
68 MB/s 70.2 MB/s +3%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
401 MB/s 411 MB/s +2%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
28.7 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
21.3 MB/s
Peak Sequential Read Speed
527 MB/s +2% 515 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
398 MB/s 495 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
40 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
35.4 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
94.9 MB/s 111 MB/s Faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
422 MB/s 485 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
41.7 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
29.6 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 5,993,412 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.27 % Hugely higher market share.
0.08 %
Value For Money
97.8 % Much better value.
74.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % +5% 64 %
Price (score)
$80 Cheaper.
3 Months Hugely more recent.
45 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
355 MB/s 361 MB/s +2%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
273 MB/s 318 MB/s Faster peak deep queue write.
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,093 Pts 1,167 Pts Slightly stronger server IO.
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
74.6 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
65.3 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
157 MB/s 168 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue read.
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
158 MB/s 181 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue write.
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
46.7 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue mixed IO.
42.3 MB/s
250GB 240GB

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]


The 240GB Sandisk Extreme Pro uses the same controller and NAND as its 13 months younger predecessor, the Extreme II. Comparing the Extreme II and Extreme Pro shows that average performance has increased by 10% but peak performance remains broadly unchanged. The Pro features an improved nCache which uses an SLC buffer to cache writes prior to writing them to the slower MLC NAND. In order to benefit from this improved caching, huge amounts of data need to be written for extended periods, an unlikely consumer scenario. Comparing core performance between the Samsung 840 Evo and Extreme Pro shows that the Extreme Pro averages around 12% faster than the Evo. The Extreme Pro also has a 10 year warranty but I wonder if SATA 3 will even be around at that time. Although the Extreme Pro has a superb performance profile it's not a game changer. [Jun '14 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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