Average Bench: 102% (221st of 1040)

Based on 47,309 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 2.1% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 233MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 45MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX500 250GB is 51%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Crucial MX500 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 363MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 398MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 47,309 samples)
Min Avg Max
373 Read 474 514
252 Write 402 467
278 Mixed 398 449
219 SusWrite 363 460
91.9% 409 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21 4K Read 32.8 41.2
39.3 4K Write 83.3 113
27.1 4K Mixed 45 57.6
151% 53.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
155 DQ Read 322 386
110 DQ Write 297 360
110 DQ Mixed 233 279
196% 284 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 023
SusWrite @10s intervals: 422 423 429 425 426 344 MB/s
Read 464
Write 417
Mixed 420
SusWrite 412
96% 428 MB/s
4K Read 36.1
4K Write 94.5
4K Mixed 53.3
173% 61.3 MB/s
DQ Read 370
DQ Write 326
DQ Mixed 272
225% 323 MB/s
68GB free
Firmware: M3CR023
SusWrite @10s intervals: 434 434 434 435 434 435 MB/s
Read 501
Write 430
Mixed 431
SusWrite 434
101% 449 MB/s
4K Read 36.8
4K Write 90
4K Mixed 53
171% 59.9 MB/s
DQ Read 219
DQ Write 183
DQ Mixed 182
141% 195 MB/s
41GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M3CR010
SusWrite @10s intervals: 164 210 139 203 221 256 MB/s
Read 499
Write 398
Mixed 360
SusWrite 199
81% 364 MB/s
4K Read 34.2
4K Write 78.5
4K Mixed 47.1
154% 53.3 MB/s
DQ Read 374
DQ Write 309
DQ Mixed 266
220% 316 MB/s
150GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M3CR023
SusWrite @10s intervals: 394 396 396 395 243 207 MB/s
Read 445
Write 391
Mixed 387
SusWrite 338
88% 390 MB/s
4K Read 22
4K Write 47.7
4K Mixed 30.4
98% 33.4 MB/s
DQ Read 285
DQ Write 346
DQ Mixed 274
218% 302 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $80 @ launch in Dec '17
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Typical MX500 250GB Builds (Compare 41,625 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 88%
Aircraft carrier

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $127

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $835

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 Comments

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

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Added 2 years ago.

Good

5 days ago.

almost as good as the samsung one


Excellent

2 days ago.

good


Good

14 days ago.

cheaper price and around same speeds


Poor

13 days ago.

Good performance/price ssd with ddr cache


Terrible

2 years ago.

Deal  samsung.com/...

samsung it's the best


Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

24 months ago.

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


Good

9 months ago.

This SSD is faster than the Kingston A400 and is usually not much more expensive, a good option for those who want a SATA3 SSD a little faster.


Excellent

2 months ago.

Why spend more on a Samsung SSD?


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Intel Core i5-9600K $199Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $230Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-9400F $140Nvidia RTX 3080 $700Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
Intel Core i5-10600K $260Nvidia RTX 2070S (Super) $510Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $50
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $32Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $69SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $548SanDisk Extreme 16GB $28
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