KingstonSH103S3/240G
CrucialCT250MX500SSD1

Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281VB1-SDC. NAND Memory: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC. Release date: Q2 2012.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 100,818 user samples
24,978 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 97GB free
Worst Bench: 57% 200GB free (System drive)
Poor: 57% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 487th / 1058
75,840 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 123% 143GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 65% 88GB free (System drive)
Poor: 65% Great: 123%
SPEED RANK: 239th / 1058
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
78.9 % 101 % Faster effective speed.
+27%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
370 MB/s 465 MB/s Faster read speed.
+26%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
238 MB/s 391 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+64%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
30.8 MB/s 32.6 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+6%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
79.6 MB/s 82.4 MB/s +4%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
272 MB/s 388 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+43%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
39.5 MB/s 44.7 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+13%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
175 MB/s 350 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
+100%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
444 MB/s 514 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+16%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
282 MB/s 466 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+65%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
38.4 MB/s 42.2 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+10%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
112 MB/s 114 MB/s +2%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
319 MB/s 449 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+41%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
50.3 MB/s 58.4 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+16%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
218 MB/s 457 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
+110%
Market Share
Based on 47,285,014 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % 0.26 % Hugely higher market share.
+550%
Value
Value For Money
12.9 % 23.6 % Hugely better value.
+83%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 60 % More popular.
+13%
Price
Price (score)
$70 $45 Much cheaper.
+36%
Age
Newest
113 Months 45 Months Much more recent.
+60%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
296 MB/s 385 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
+30%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
268 MB/s 360 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
+34%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
988 Pts 1,257 Pts Stronger server IO.
+27%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
293 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+5%
278 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
254 MB/s 322 MB/s Faster deep queue read.
+27%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
207 MB/s 290 MB/s Much faster deep queue write.
+40%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
221 MB/s 227 MB/s +3%
Capacity
Capacity
240GB 250GB
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The HyperX 3K is an updated version of the regular HyperX, the only difference between the two SSDs is the grade of NAND flash. The regular HyperX's NAND flash is rated at 5,000 erase cycles vs 3,000 on the 3K version so broadly speaking the number of erase cycles before drive failure on the newer drive is approximately 40% less than on the original HyperX. The distinction is largely irrelevant for consumer users because even after 10 years neither of the drives are likely to come even close to their maximum number of erase cycles. As expected both HyperX's have very similar performance profiles which can be seen in this direct comparison of the two drives. Although the HyperX SSDs were strong contenders on release they are showing their age now and can no longer compete amongst the newer drives from Samsung and Plextor which are both cheaper and faster. [Jan '14 SSDrivePro]

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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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Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

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