CrucialCT250MX500SSD1
SamsungMZ-76E250B

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

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Controller: Samsung MJX. Memory: Samsung 64 layer TLC V-NAND. Release date: Q1 2018.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 117,065 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
94,347 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 128% 193GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 78% 161GB free (System drive)
Poor: 78% Great: 128%
SPEED RANK: 186th / 1011
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
103 % 105 % +2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
475 MB/s 481 MB/s +1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
406 MB/s +2% 397 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
33.6 MB/s 39 MB/s Faster random read.
+16%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
84.2 MB/s 96.8 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+15%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
402 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+6%
378 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
46.2 MB/s 49.3 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+7%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
362 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+24%
293 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
514 MB/s 516 MB/s +0%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
467 MB/s 493 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
42 MB/s 50.3 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+20%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
118 MB/s 129 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+9%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
450 MB/s 464 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
58.6 MB/s 67.6 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+15%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
458 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+23%
371 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 19,104,221 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.37 % 1.5 % Hugely higher market share.
+305%
Value
Value For Money
24.2 % Slightly better value.
+5%
23 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
81 % Slightly more popular.
+11%
73 %
Price
Price (score)
$45 Slightly cheaper.
+9%
$49
Age
Newest
22 Months 21 Months +5%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
386 MB/s 390 MB/s +1%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
360 MB/s 361 MB/s +0%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,262 Pts 1,301 Pts +3%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
279 MB/s 370 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+33%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
316 MB/s 344 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue read.
+9%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
292 MB/s 297 MB/s +2%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
230 MB/s 273 MB/s Faster deep queue mixed IO.
+19%
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 860 Evo is the latest mainstream SATA SSD from Samsung. The 2.5-inch version of the 860 Evo will be available in several capacities ranging from 250 GB to a staggering 4TB. It’s also available in the slimmer M.2 and mSATA form factors. The 860 Evo demonstrates marginally reduced performance compared to its popular, but now three year old predecessor, the 850 Evo. In a head to head comparison the 860 looses by a very modest 6% in terms of effective speed. The 860 Evo is based on a refinement of Samsung’s consumer grade TLC V-NAND, this time featuring 256Gb and 512 Gb 64 layer V-NAND and it also features a new "MJX" controller. The 250 GB version can reach sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s, dropping to 300 MB/s once the SLC cache is exhausted (the 250 GB version has a 12 GB SLC write cache). Peak sequential read speeds of 560 MB/s are achievable across the different capacities. The 250GB version has a 512 MB LPDDR4 DRAM cache. All capacities have a five year warranty, but as a testament to the enhanced reliability of this new technology, the warrantied terabytes written (TBW) has doubled from 75 TBW to 150 TBW for the 250 GB 860 Evo. [Jan '18 SSDrivePro]

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