TranscendTS256GSSD370
CrucialCT250MX500SSD1

Controller: Silicon Motion SM2246EN. NAND: Micron 20nm Synchronous MLC. Release date: Q3 2014.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 7,670 user samples
1,538 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 98% 108GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 60% 136GB free (System drive)
Poor: 60% Great: 98%
SPEED RANK: 329th / 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
80.9 % 105 % Faster effective speed.
+30%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
471 MB/s +0% 470 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
287 MB/s 418 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+46%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
24.7 MB/s 34.2 MB/s Much faster random read.
+38%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
78.8 MB/s 86.4 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+10%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
272 MB/s 409 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+50%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
31.8 MB/s 47 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+48%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
233 MB/s 372 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+60%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
519 MB/s +1% 514 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
302 MB/s 468 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+55%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
29.8 MB/s 42.1 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+41%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
115 MB/s 120 MB/s +4%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
376 MB/s 451 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+20%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
42.8 MB/s 59.1 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+38%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
298 MB/s 455 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+53%
Market Share
Based on 9,664,317 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.02 % 0.38 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,800%
Value
Value For Money
100 % 162 % Much better value.
+62%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % 77 % More popular.
+22%
Price
Price (score)
$73 $53 Cheaper.
+27%
Age
Newest
51 Months 10 Months Hugely more recent.
+80%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
290 MB/s 386 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
+33%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
288 MB/s 359 MB/s Faster peak deep queue write.
+25%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
995 Pts 1,264 Pts Stronger server IO.
+27%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
192 MB/s 279 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+45%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
228 MB/s 333 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
+46%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
236 MB/s 306 MB/s Faster deep queue write.
+30%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
125 MB/s 244 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue mixed IO.
+95%
Capacity
Capacity
256GB 250GB
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The 256GB Transcend SSD370 sports a Silicon Motion (SM2246EN) controller coupled with Micron 20nm synchronous MLC NAND. With peak sequential read/write speeds of 520/290 MBps and peak 4k read/write speeds of 29/116 the SSD370 has an effective speed which is amongst the bottom 25% of ~250GB drives. The effective speed is weighed down by a relatively weak sequential write speed of just 290 MBps. The performance highlight for the SSD370 is its ability to deal with mixed 4k IO which is arguably one of the best real world indicators. At current prices the SSD370 can't compete as there are both cheaper and faster alternatives on the market but prices are almost certain to drop at which time the SSD370 will fare far better in terms of value. [Oct '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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