Average Bench: 105% (191st of 1011)

Based on 24,597 user benchmarks.  Models: CT250MX500SSD1, CT250MX5 CT250MX500SSD1

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]


Outstanding average bench

The Crucial MX500 250GB averaged 4.8% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Crucial MX500 250GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 240MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 47.3MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX500 250GB is 50%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Crucial MX500 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 363MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 404MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 24,597 samples)
Min Avg Max
371 Read 477 515
257 Write 409 467
281 Mixed 404 452
202 SusWrite 363 460
92.9% 413 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.6 4K Read 34.5 43.1
46.6 4K Write 87.8 118
28.8 4K Mixed 47.3 59
159% 56.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
131 DQ Read 328 385
103 DQ Write 301 360
112 DQ Mixed 240 279
200% 290 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
200GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M3CR020
SusWrite @10s intervals: 447 444 440 458 439 215 MB/s
Read 508
Write 438
Mixed 421
SusWrite 407
100% 444 MB/s
4K Read 42
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 55.1
190% 67.2 MB/s
DQ Read 382
DQ Write 338
DQ Mixed 276
230% 332 MB/s
157GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M3CR023
SusWrite @10s intervals: 394 400 403 416 307 212 MB/s
Read 496
Write 405
Mixed 408
SusWrite 355
93% 416 MB/s
4K Read 40.2
4K Write 106
4K Mixed 56.4
190% 67.7 MB/s
DQ Read 375
DQ Write 309
DQ Mixed 256
215% 313 MB/s
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Desktop 87%
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Workstation 70%

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $110

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $808

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Controller: Silicon Motion SM2258. Flash Memory: Micron 3D TLC

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3 days ago.

Os SSD Crucial oferecem Excelente Performance pelo custo. Seja o BX500 ou MX500 é melhor e mais rápido que a maioria dos concorrentes. Performance comparável a modelos bem mais caros como SSD Samsung EVO ou PRO. Viva Bolsonaro. Brasil acima de tudo. Deus acima de todos.


20 days ago.

almost as good as the samsung one


5 hrs ago.

cheaper price and around same speeds


19 days ago.

What about temps tho?


13 days ago.

It's the best


7 days ago.

Nice and cheap


19 months ago.


7 months ago.

I have MX 500 and it is great on day to day basis


12 months ago.

One of the better SSDs, especially for the money. Why so many downvotes? People must be too whiny

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