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CrucialCT250MX500SSD1

Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. Flash Memory: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC. Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 75,306 user samples
12,189 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 104GB free
Worst Bench: 52% 84GB free (System drive)
Poor: 52% Great: 88%
SPEED RANK: 629th / 1058
63,117 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 122% 79GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 70% 104GB free (System drive)
Poor: 70% Great: 122%
SPEED RANK: 238th / 1058
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
71.3 % 101 % Much faster effective speed.
+42%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
339 MB/s 473 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+40%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
199 MB/s 396 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+99%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
28.9 MB/s 33.1 MB/s Faster random read.
+15%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
70.8 MB/s 83.4 MB/s Faster random write.
+18%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
231 MB/s 391 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+69%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
33.3 MB/s 45.4 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+36%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
155 MB/s 345 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
+123%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
392 MB/s 513 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+31%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
223 MB/s 464 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
+108%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
39 MB/s 41.1 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+5%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
110 MB/s 114 MB/s +4%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
253 MB/s 451 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+78%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
43.5 MB/s 57.8 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
215 MB/s 451 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
+110%
Market Share
Based on 45,275,097 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % 0.25 % Hugely higher market share.
+525%
Value
Value For Money
4.28 % 23.8 % Hugely better value.
+456%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 60 % More popular.
+18%
Price
Price (score)
$200 $45 Much cheaper.
+77%
Age
Newest
91+ Months 43 Months Much more recent.
+53%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
300 MB/s 386 MB/s Faster peak deep queue read.
+29%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
217 MB/s 359 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
+65%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
928 Pts 1,255 Pts Much stronger server IO.
+35%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
235 MB/s 278 MB/s Faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+18%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
270 MB/s 321 MB/s Faster deep queue read.
+19%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
190 MB/s 289 MB/s Much faster deep queue write.
+52%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
201 MB/s 232 MB/s Faster deep queue mixed IO.
+15%
Capacity
Capacity
180GB 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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