Controller: Samsung 3 Core MEX. Memory: Samsung 19nm Toggle Mode TLC.

Controller: Marvell 88SS9187. Flash Memory: Micron Synchronous 20nm MLC.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1105 user samples
897 User Benchmarks:
Best Score: 102% 160GB free
Worst Score: 27% 187GB free
Worst: 27% Best: 102%
SPEED RANK: 55th / 465
208 User Benchmarks:
Best Score: 81% 126GB free
Worst Score: 28% 147GB free
Worst: 28% Best: 81%
SPEED RANK: 117th / 465
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
489 MB/s +3% 474 MB/s -3%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
400 MB/s Much faster write speed.
260 MB/s -54%
4K Read?
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
35.1 MB/s Much faster random read.
20.5 MB/s -71%
4K Write?
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
63.5 MB/s -3% 65.5 MB/s +3%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
340 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
321 MB/s -6%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
20.8 MB/s -3% 21.4 MB/s +3%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
521 MB/s +4% 503 MB/s -4%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
443 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
272 MB/s -63%
4K Read?
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
46.4 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
26.8 MB/s -73%
4K Write?
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
105 MB/s -9% 114 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
382 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
351 MB/s -9%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
28.4 MB/s -2% 28.9 MB/s +2%
Value For Money
99.8 % Better value.
78.4 % -27%
User Rating?
UBM User Rating
85 % More popular.
71 % -20%
Price (score)
$130 -8% $120 Slightly cheaper.
Effective Speed?
Effective SSD Speed
479 MB/s Faster effective speed.
376 MB/s -27%
14 Months More recent.
18 Months -22%
DQ Read?
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
377 MB/s Faster peak deep queue read.
323 MB/s -17%
DQ Write?
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
305 MB/s Faster peak deep queue write.
258 MB/s -18%
AS-SSD Total?
AS-SSD Total Score
1,187 Pts Stronger server IO.
1,001 Pts -19%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
89.2 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
53.1 MB/s -68%
ADQ Read?
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
210 MB/s +2% 205 MB/s -2%
ADQ Write?
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
189 MB/s 0% 189 MB/s 0%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
55.8 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
42.3 MB/s -32%
250GB 240GB

The Evo is remarkable in that, like the Sandisk Extreme II, it features a second level cache. For the 250 GB Evo this comprises of a 3 GB Turbowrite cache (TWC) which is a block of high speed Flash Memory. When the TWC is exhausted write speeds drop by approximately 50% but that won't often happen under typical consumer workloads. In terms of raw performance, even with its cache, the Evo still isn't the fastest drive. With a real world speed index reading of 475 MB/s the EVO is however, within 5% of the two speed leaders (Vector and 850 Pro). At a price point of $130 the Evo is around 30% cheaper making it the best value for money SSDs I have seen in 2014. Comparing the Evo and the Sandisk Ultra Plus shows that the Evo is the winner but the Sandisk may be a viable alternative thanks to its cache-free, and therefore more consistent performance during extended writes. [Aug '14 SSDrivePro]


We had high expectations for the Crucial M500. Crucial have a long history of producing outstanding Solid State drives. Both the RealSSD 300 and the M4, three and two years old, were almost legendary in terms of reliability and performance. The M500 falls far short of our expectations. The drive is relatively cheap and as such we were expecting to compromise on performance but the M500 just falls too far short. With a Real World Performance of 377.5 MBps which is in the bottom 40% and an AS-SSD score of 901 points (50th percentile) the M500 demonstrates relatively weak real world and average server performance. The M500 is competing with the Sandisk Ultra which manages to squeeze out significantly more performance despite sitting in the same price bracket. [Jun '13 SSDrivePro]


Solid State Drive User Rankings Chart

September 2014 SSD Rankings

Welcome to our consumer SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by cost per GB to yield a value for money rating. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. Vote to share your opinion. [SSDrivePro]

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