Average Bench: 86.9% (165th of 927)

Based on 1,922 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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Very good average bench

The Crucial MX500 250GB averaged just 13.1% lower 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 Random Read Speed 31.3MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 28.9MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX500 250GB is 43.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Crucial MX500 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 158MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 44MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,922 samples)
Min Avg Max
374 Read 504 527
284 Write 376 399
289 Mixed 402 422
95% 428 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.3 4K Read 31.3 39.1
37.6 4K Write 69.1 92
16.1 4K Mixed 28.9 41.7
121% 43.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
26 DQ Read 158 351
53.7 DQ Write 163 274
15.4 DQ Mixed 44 74.4
65.2% 122 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
201GB free
Firmware: M3CR020 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 525
Write 398
Mixed 424
100% 449 MB/s
4K Read 35.4
4K Write 81.2
4K Mixed 25.1
129% 47.2 MB/s
DQ Read 37.6
DQ Write 273
DQ Mixed 58.1
74% 123 MB/s
202GB free
Firmware: M3CR010 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 518
Write 375
Mixed 410
96% 434 MB/s
4K Read 37.3
4K Write 87
4K Mixed 25.1
135% 49.8 MB/s
DQ Read 44.1
DQ Write 91
DQ Mixed 23.8
30% 53 MB/s
198GB free
Firmware: M3CR020 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 527
Write 392
Mixed 414
99% 445 MB/s
4K Read 26.8
4K Write 84.5
4K Mixed 23.4
115% 44.9 MB/s
DQ Read 36.8
DQ Write 92.7
DQ Mixed 23.8
30% 51.1 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $80 @ launch in Dec '17
AmazonUS $732 mins
NeweggUS $735 hrs
BHPhotoUS $7512 hrs
OutletPCUS $812 days
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Typical MX500 250GB Builds (Compare 5,143 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 83%
Aircraft carrier

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $112

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $977

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

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