CrucialCT250MX500SSD1
CrucialCT250MX200SSD1
$134

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

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 35,536 user samples
22,718 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 123% 146GB free
Worst Bench: 69% 196GB free (System drive)
Poor: 69% Great: 123%
SPEED RANK: 199th / 1011
12,818 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 194GB free
Worst Bench: 68% 72GB free (System drive)
Poor: 68% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 235th / 1011
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
103 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+10%
93.3 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
475 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+11%
427 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
406 MB/s 413 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
33.6 MB/s Faster random read.
+24%
27.2 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
84.2 MB/s 84.9 MB/s +1%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
402 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+18%
341 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
46.2 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+19%
38.7 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
362 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+7%
339 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
514 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+10%
469 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
467 MB/s 469 MB/s +0%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
42 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+28%
32.7 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
118 MB/s 119 MB/s +1%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
450 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+18%
381 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
58.6 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+22%
47.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
458 MB/s +3% 446 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 19,105,085 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.38 % Hugely higher market share.
+217%
0.12 %
Value
Value For Money
24.2 % Hugely better value.
+150%
9.68 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
81 % More popular.
+21%
67 %
Price
Price (score)
$45 Much cheaper.
+66%
$134
Age
Newest
22 Months Much more recent.
+62%
58 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
386 MB/s +2% 379 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
360 MB/s 360 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,262 Pts +3% 1,230 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
279 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+8%
258 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
316 MB/s +2% 309 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
292 MB/s 296 MB/s +1%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
230 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue mixed IO.
+6%
216 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
250GB 250GB
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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 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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