CrucialCT250MX500SSD1
SanDiskSDSSDXPS-240G

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

Controller: Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2. Flash Memory: SanDisk 19nm eX2 ABL MLC. Release date: Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 59,756 user samples
51,307 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 124% 122GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 70% 120GB free (System drive)
Poor: 70% Great: 124%
SPEED RANK: 233rd / 1058
8,449 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 166GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 66% 103GB free (System drive)
Poor: 66% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 297th / 1058
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
102 % Faster effective speed.
+12%
91.4 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
473 MB/s +3% 460 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
400 MB/s 405 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
32.9 MB/s Faster random read.
+14%
28.8 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
82.9 MB/s Faster random write.
+11%
74.4 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
398 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+55%
256 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
45.1 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+34%
33.6 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
367 MB/s +3% 356 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
514 MB/s +1% 507 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
466 MB/s 475 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
41.2 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+17%
35.3 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
113 MB/s +2% 111 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
452 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+51%
299 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
58.1 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+40%
41.5 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
460 MB/s 476 MB/s +3%
Market Share
Based on 41,716,230 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.25 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,400%
0.01 %
Value
Value For Money
22.7 % Much better value.
+66%
13.7 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % More popular.
+11%
54 %
Price
Price (score)
$49 Much cheaper.
+38%
$79
Age
Newest
39 Months Much more recent.
+52%
82 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
386 MB/s +2% 377 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
360 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue write.
+6%
339 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,256 Pts +4% 1,208 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
279 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+70%
164 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
326 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue read.
+6%
309 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
295 MB/s Faster deep queue write.
+14%
258 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
238 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
+64%
145 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
250GB 240GB
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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 240GB Sandisk Extreme Pro uses the same controller and NAND as its 13 months younger predecessor, the Extreme II. Comparing the Extreme II and Extreme Pro shows that average performance has increased by 10% but peak performance remains broadly unchanged. The Pro features an improved nCache which uses an SLC buffer to cache writes prior to writing them to the slower MLC NAND. In order to benefit from this improved caching, huge amounts of data need to be written for extended periods, an unlikely consumer scenario. Comparing core performance between the Samsung 840 Evo and Extreme Pro shows that the Extreme Pro averages around 12% faster than the Evo. The Extreme Pro also has a 10 year warranty but I wonder if SATA 3 will even be around at that time. Although the Extreme Pro has a superb performance profile it's not a game changer. [Jun '14 SSDrivePro]

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