TranscendTS256GSSD370
CrucialCT250MX200SSD1
$134

Controller: Silicon Motion SM2246EN. NAND: Micron 20nm Synchronous MLC. Release date: Q3 2014.

 $134 

Controller: Marvell 88SS9189. Flash Memory: Micron 16nm MLC. Release date: Q1 2015.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 8,731 user samples
1,601 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 117GB free
Worst Bench: 61% 133GB free (System drive)
Poor: 61% Great: 96%
SPEED RANK: 325th / 956
7,130 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 133GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 68% 87GB free (System drive)
Poor: 68% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 161st / 956
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
79.6 % 94.4 % Faster effective speed.
+19%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
488 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+15%
426 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
291 MB/s 412 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+42%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
23.9 MB/s 27.6 MB/s Faster random read.
+15%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
78.9 MB/s 90.2 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+14%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
337 MB/s +0% 336 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
27.7 MB/s 39.3 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+42%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
232 MB/s 342 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+47%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
526 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+12%
470 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
302 MB/s 467 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+55%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
29.4 MB/s 33.3 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+13%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
112 MB/s 125 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+12%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
379 MB/s 380 MB/s +0%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
41.2 MB/s 48.8 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+18%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
295 MB/s 444 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+51%
Market Share
Based on 7,979,188 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.03 % 0.12 % Hugely higher market share.
+300%
Value
Value For Money
86.4 % Better value.
+19%
72.8 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
62 % 66 % Slightly more popular.
+6%
Price
Price (score)
$87 Much cheaper.
+35%
$134
Age
Newest
48 Months 43 Months Slightly more recent.
+10%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
284 MB/s 378 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
+33%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
284 MB/s 358 MB/s Faster peak deep queue write.
+26%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
979 Pts 1,234 Pts Stronger server IO.
+26%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
186 MB/s 256 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+38%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
179 MB/s 305 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
+70%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
205 MB/s 291 MB/s Much faster deep queue write.
+42%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
69.2 MB/s 209 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue mixed IO.
+202%
Capacity
Capacity
256GB 250GB
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The 256GB Transcend SSD370 sports a Silicon Motion (SM2246EN) controller coupled with Micron 20nm synchronous MLC NAND. With peak sequential read/write speeds of 520/290 MBps and peak 4k read/write speeds of 29/116 the SSD370 has an effective speed which is amongst the bottom 25% of ~250GB drives. The effective speed is weighed down by a relatively weak sequential write speed of just 290 MBps. The performance highlight for the SSD370 is its ability to deal with mixed 4k IO which is arguably one of the best real world indicators. At current prices the SSD370 can't compete as there are both cheaper and faster alternatives on the market but prices are almost certain to drop at which time the SSD370 will fare far better in terms of value. [Oct '14 SSDrivePro]

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The 250GB Crucial MX200 is successor to the hugely successful MX100. Both drives use the same NAND and controller but the new MX200 features Dynamic Write Acceleration (DWA) which is a new dynamically sized SLC cache. Samsung were the first to introduce SLC caching on the 840 Evo nearly two years ago so Crucial are somewhat late to the party. SLC caches generally only help performance in corner case real word scenarios and benchmarks. I prefer drives without SLC caches because they offer more consistent and sustainable real world IO. Comparing the MX100 and MX200 shows that the newer MX200 has a significantly faster peak write speed which is of course explained by the new DWA cache. Price is the deciding factor between the MX100 and MX200 so although the MX200 isn't priced aggressively yet, it will almost certainly move up the value rankings when retailers build stocks and subsequently cut prices. [Feb '15 SSDrivePro]

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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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