Average Bench: 103% (199th of 1011)

Based on 22,718 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 2.8% 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 230MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 46.2MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX500 250GB is 54.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Crucial MX500 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 362MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 402MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 22,718 samples)
Min Avg Max
368 Read 475 514
255 Write 406 467
276 Mixed 402 450
213 SusWrite 362 458
92.4% 411 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.3 4K Read 33.6 42
41.3 4K Write 84.2 118
27.9 4K Mixed 46.2 58.6
155% 54.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
39.5 DQ Read 316 386
86.6 DQ Write 292 360
55.8 DQ Mixed 230 279
193% 279 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
198GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M3CR023
SusWrite @10s intervals: 435 455 460 388 212 202 MB/s
Read 483
Write 423
Mixed 416
SusWrite 359
94% 420 MB/s
4K Read 40.7
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 59.6
200% 72.5 MB/s
DQ Read 382
DQ Write 334
DQ Mixed 273
228% 330 MB/s
41GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M3CR010
SusWrite @10s intervals: 402 406 397 385 317 120 MB/s
Read 501
Write 428
Mixed 420
SusWrite 338
95% 422 MB/s
4K Read 38
4K Write 76.8
4K Mixed 49.9
162% 54.9 MB/s
DQ Read 272
DQ Write 278
DQ Mixed 242
191% 264 MB/s
56GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M3CR020
SusWrite @10s intervals: 192 195 228 246 255 250 MB/s
Read 500
Write 448
Mixed 441
SusWrite 228
91% 404 MB/s
4K Read 35.9
4K Write 90
4K Mixed 50.1
166% 58.7 MB/s
DQ Read 374
DQ Write 343
DQ Mixed 272
228% 330 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,104,221 SSDs tested.


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Gaming 59%
Desktop 86%
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Workstation 70%

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $120

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 70% - Good Total price: $882

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

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4 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.


4 days ago.

almost as good as the samsung one


22 days ago.

cheaper price and around same speeds


5 days ago.

What about temps tho?


1 month ago.

It's the best


19 days ago.

Nice and cheap


20 months ago.


8 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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