Average Bench: 101% (238th of 1058)

Based on 66,111 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 1.4% 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 229MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 45.5MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX500 250GB is 51.5%. 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 347MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 393MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 66,111 samples)
Min Avg Max
364 Read 473 514
251 Write 394 465
266 Mixed 393 451
186 SusWrite 347 451
90.2% 402 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.2 4K Read 33.2 41.4
40.3 4K Write 84.4 115
28.3 4K Mixed 45.5 57.4
153% 54.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
159 DQ Read 320 386
114 DQ Write 291 360
112 DQ Mixed 229 278
193% 280 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
233GB free
Firmware: M3CR023
SusWrite @10s intervals: 419 393 423 393 398 426 MB/s
Read 480
Write 422
Mixed 418
SusWrite 409
97% 432 MB/s
4K Read 30.9
4K Write 57.1
4K Mixed 31.4
117% 39.8 MB/s
DQ Read 224
DQ Write 198
DQ Mixed 190
148% 204 MB/s
196GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M3CR023
SusWrite @10s intervals: 371 372 376 376 290 208 MB/s
Read 387
Write 340
Mixed 332
SusWrite 332
78% 348 MB/s
4K Read 14.6
4K Write 60.6
4K Mixed 26.5
88% 33.9 MB/s
DQ Read 380
DQ Write 333
DQ Mixed 275
228% 329 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 45,552,892 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $80 @ launch in Dec '17
AmazonUS $455 days
EbayUS $459 mins
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Typical MX500 250GB Builds (Compare 77,712 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 91%
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Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 86%
Aircraft carrier

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $125

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 70% - Very good Total price: $919

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 Comments

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

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Added 3 years ago.

Good

4 months ago.

Good performance/price ssd with ddr cache


Excellent

6 months ago.

very good performance for price


Liked

5 months ago.

Deal  samsung.com/...

samsung it's the best


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

very good ssd


Good

18 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

12 months ago.

Why spend more on a Samsung SSD?


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Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-11700K $380Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $183
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $31Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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