Crucial MX500 1TB SSD Review

Posted 28 January 2018 20:19 CEST by Antonis Sapanidis

 

Final thoughts

With the release of the MX500 SSD Crucial has done a great job with this drive, the 2nd generation of 3D TLC NAND and for the first time on an MX SSD, the Silicon Motion controller are telling signs that Crucial was not only was aiming for the top, but this could be one of their best drives since the MX100 and BX100. As we have seen with all previously released SSDs from Crucial, you get all the basics that you need to get started, including the cloning software, a tool that will make life much easier for those that don’t want to do a clean install. Also Crucial offers their Storage executive suite, a suite that gives users the option to look for new firmware, or manually set the over provisioning, and much more that I would mention, but you can find out here.

All this is very good, but it also needs to be backed with very good performance. Overall the MX500 is an excellent drive, the write speed of the drive is  510MB/Sec and it might not look as impressive as numbers that we have seen from other Crucial drives, but it’s more than enough for all daily tasks and the drive won’t slowdown as easily as previous TLC and 3D TLC drives did, also the random performance is very impressive. Read performance is another story, here is what your drive will mostly spent its time doing, and it is here that the drive is able to shine, not only in the sequential tests but most importantly in the 4K random test on low queue depths. It’s simply an excellent drive for daily use.

The power consumption of the Crucial MX500 is also very impressive. In all tests the drive was able to give an excellent score in the IOPS per Watt chart, and also when the drive is idle it’s able to consume very little power.

Real world usage is also another positive for the Crucial MX500 1TB SSD, the drive was able to complete all the tests that I performed very quickly, it was also able to hold its performance even when it was filled with data, but at the same time it was able to recover very quickly when it got more free space.

Now pricing, the pricing of the Crucial MX500 1TB is very good, for the performance that it offers, and yes after all those years Crucial has extended their warranty to five years.

To sum up, this is what I would say:

“With the MX500 Crucial has given us as an excellent SATA SSD, superb performance, and a five year warranty. The Crucial MX500 is everything that you need in an SATA SSD.”

Therefore, I give the ‘Outstanding’ rating and the “Editor’s Choice” award to the Crucial MX500 1TB SSD.

 

Thanks to:


 

EFD Software for providing the fully licensed versions of HD Tune Pro

Alex Schepeljanski for AS SSD Benchmark

Anvil’s Storage Utilities

FutureMark for providing a professional license for PC Mark 8

Quarch Technology for providing the XLC PPM test equipment used for our power consumption tests.

 

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