SamsungMZ-V6P512BW
CrucialCT250MX500SSD1

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 34,265 user samples
28,133 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 345% 439GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 183% 361GB free (System drive)
Poor: 183% Great: 345%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 964
6,132 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 124% 177GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 70% 81GB free (System drive)
Poor: 70% Great: 124%
SPEED RANK: 146th / 964
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
280 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+167%
105 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
2104 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
+348%
470 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
1515 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+262%
418 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
46.9 MB/s Much faster random read.
+37%
34.2 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
140 MB/s Much faster random write.
+62%
86.4 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
828 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+102%
409 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
65 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+38%
47 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
1346 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
+262%
372 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
2640 MB/s Hugely faster peak read speed.
+414%
514 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
1929 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
+312%
468 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
54.4 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+29%
42.1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
193 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+61%
120 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
991 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
+120%
451 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
77.9 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+32%
59.1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
1881 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
+313%
455 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,664,924 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.43 % Slightly higher market share.
+13%
0.38 %
Value
Value For Money
303 % Hugely better value.
+86%
162 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
66 % 77 % More popular.
+17%
Price
Price (score)
$175 $53 Much cheaper.
+70%
Age
Newest
25+ Months 10 Months Much more recent.
+60%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
1314 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue read.
+240%
386 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
1328 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue write.
+270%
359 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
4,154 Pts Hugely stronger server IO.
+229%
1,264 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
1130 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+305%
279 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
1041 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue read.
+213%
333 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
900 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue write.
+194%
306 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
886 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue mixed IO.
+263%
244 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
512GB 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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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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