CrucialCT250MX500SSD1
CrucialCT256MX100SSD1
$116

Controller: Silicon Motion SM2258. Flash Memory: Micron 3D TLC. Release date: Q4 2017.

 $116 

Controller: Marvell 88SS9189. Flash Memory: Micron 16nm MLC. Release date: Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 100,565 user samples
57,436 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 124% 55GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 70% 233GB free
Poor: 70% Great: 124%
SPEED RANK: 220th / 1040
43,129 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 98% 238GB free
Worst Bench: 58% 10GB free (System drive)
Poor: 58% Great: 98%
SPEED RANK: 413th / 1040
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
102 % Faster effective speed.
+24%
82.3 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
475 MB/s Faster read speed.
+14%
417 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
400 MB/s Faster write speed.
+26%
317 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
33.3 MB/s Faster random read.
+26%
26.5 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
83.2 MB/s 87.1 MB/s +5%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
398 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+38%
288 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
45.5 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+23%
37 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
358 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+52%
236 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
515 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+13%
454 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
468 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+41%
331 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
41.7 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+36%
30.6 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
115 MB/s 117 MB/s +2%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
452 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+43%
317 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
58.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+32%
44.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
459 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+40%
329 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 38,350,840 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.31 % Hugely higher market share.
+210%
0.1 %
Value
Value For Money
23.4 % Hugely better value.
+141%
9.69 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % More popular.
+11%
54 %
Price
Price (score)
$47 Much cheaper.
+60%
$116
Age
Newest
37 Months Much more recent.
+53%
79 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
386 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
+65%
234 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
360 MB/s Faster peak deep queue write.
+15%
312 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,259 Pts Much stronger server IO.
+34%
936 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
279 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+53%
182 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
324 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue read.
+82%
178 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
292 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue write.
+8%
270 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
235 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
+64%
143 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
250GB 256GB
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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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The Crucial MX100 is the first 16nm SSD to date. Aside from NAND, the MX100 shares the same hardware as its more expensive sibling, the M550. Comparing the MX100 and M550 shows that the two drives have similar read speeds but that the MX100 lags by nearly 50% at writing. The newer 16nm NAND reduces costs and accordingly the MX100 is the cheapest SSD (per GB) to date. In terms of performance the MX100 is a compromise which may or may not be worth making depending on individual circumstances. For typical desktop use including email, office documents and web browsing the MX100 is a great choice but power users should look elsewhere. Comparing the 250GB 840 EVO and 256GB MX100 shows that for a marginal premium, the Evo offers better write speeds. (Note: at 500GB they are more evenly matched) [Jun '14 SSDrivePro]

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