Average Bench: 106% (136th of 956)

Based on 3,639 user benchmarks.  Models: CT250MX500SSD1, CT250MX5 CT250MX500SSD1

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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Outstanding average bench

The Crucial MX500 250GB averaged 6.1% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Crucial MX500 250GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 241MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 47.9MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX500 250GB is 50.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Crucial MX500 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 370MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 411MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,639 samples)
Min Avg Max
372 Read 476 514
323 Write 420 466
319 Mixed 411 449
276 SusWrite 370 456
94.3% 419 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.6 4K Read 34.4 41.9
48.2 4K Write 89.6 120
29.9 4K Mixed 47.9 59.5
161% 57.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
41 DQ Read 334 385
89.5 DQ Write 308 359
55.9 DQ Mixed 241 279
203% 294 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
232GB free
Firmware: M3CR010
SusWrite @10s intervals: 462 467 462 466 465 465 MB/s
Read 518
Write 467
Mixed 453
SusWrite 464
107% 476 MB/s
4K Read 41.6
4K Write 135
4K Mixed 62.8
215% 79.7 MB/s
DQ Read 380
DQ Write 342
DQ Mixed 253
220% 325 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,001,532 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $80 @ launch in Dec '17
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Typical MX500 250GB Builds (Compare 8,391 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 85%
Aircraft carrier

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $110

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 100% - Outstanding Total price: $899

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 Comments

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

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15 days ago.

Crucial has never failed, and today it proves that it is a great competitor to Samsung delivering both great performance and a solid performance.


Excellent

26 days ago.

there isnt much better - certainly for the price


Excellent

2 days ago.

love it


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Poor

17 days ago.

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