Average Bench: 75% (555th of 1058)

Based on 30,621 user benchmarks.  Models: Crucial_CT240M500SSD1, Crucial_ CT240M500SSD1, Crucial_ CT240M500SSD, Crucial_ Crucial_CT240M50

We had high expectations for the Crucial M500. Crucial have a long history of producing outstanding Solid State drives. Both the RealSSD 300 and the M4, three and two years old, were almost legendary in terms of reliability and performance. The M500 falls far short of our expectations. The drive is relatively cheap and as such we were expecting to compromise on performance but the M500 just falls too far short. With a Real World Performance of 377.5 MBps which is in the bottom 40% and an AS-SSD score of 901 points (50th percentile) the M500 demonstrates relatively weak real world and average server performance. The M500 is competing with the Sandisk Ultra which manages to squeeze out significantly more performance despite sitting in the same price bracket. [Jun '13 SSDrivePro]

Good average bench

The Crucial M500 240GB averaged 24.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Crucial M500 240GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 164MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 77MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial M500 240GB is 35.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Crucial M500 240GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 195MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 259MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 30,621 samples)
Min Avg Max
334 Read 407 441
215 Write 259 275
244 Mixed 288 308
80.9 SusWrite 195 271
64.1% 287 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14 4K Read 22.2 26.2
26.7 4K Write 77 112
18.1 4K Mixed 31.1 38
114% 43.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
209 DQ Read 290 329
129 DQ Write 236 264
105 DQ Mixed 164 187
150% 230 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
34GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 251 179 151 142 149 142 MB/s
Read 381
Write 268
Mixed 290
SusWrite 169
62% 277 MB/s
4K Read 22.9
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 33.4
132% 53.2 MB/s
DQ Read 314
DQ Write 258
DQ Mixed 182
164% 251 MB/s
60GB free
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 198 86 64 81 79 80 MB/s
Read 439
Write 268
Mixed 310
SusWrite 98
62% 279 MB/s
4K Read 25.1
4K Write 90.6
4K Mixed 35.4
131% 50.4 MB/s
DQ Read 305
DQ Write 263
DQ Mixed 173
160% 247 MB/s
20GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 215 92 65 60 51 56 MB/s
Read 434
Write 268
Mixed 303
SusWrite 89.7
61% 274 MB/s
4K Read 24.9
4K Write 91.8
4K Mixed 35.2
131% 50.6 MB/s
DQ Read 321
DQ Write 260
DQ Mixed 175
163% 252 MB/s
29GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 152 99 71 70 60 67 MB/s
Read 341
Write 264
Mixed 274
SusWrite 86.4
54% 241 MB/s
4K Read 24.4
4K Write 85.4
4K Mixed 34.1
126% 48 MB/s
DQ Read 219
DQ Write 190
DQ Mixed 146
125% 185 MB/s
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MSRP ≈ $126 @ launch in Mar '13
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Typical M500 240GB Builds (Compare 8,667 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 63%
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 49%

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 GAMING (MS-7821) - $242

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 89% - Excellent Total price: $590

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Controller: Marvell 88SS9187. Flash Memory: Micron Synchronous 20nm MLC

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Might not be the fastest SSD, but is still pretty quick, is very reliable, and has good cost per GB.—Sep '14


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i use it on two laptops. one is an old Sony Vaio. 50% more performance. The processes run much smoother and the noise from the vents has diminished to more than 70%. And a Asus Lamborghini VX7. From 5.4 on HDD test i got 9.5 and increase in the multi tasking. Long time usage is not yet in my mind since i use them for less than a month. I will give my feedback if something "bad" will happened. —Sep '14


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