Crucial MX 500 1TB SSD Review – One Of The Best In Its Class

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Aug 11, 2018
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PRODUCT INFO

Crucial MX 500

2018
Type SSD
Price $173

Crucial, a subsidiary of Micron is a brand known for memory and storage for over a decade, has recently released its MX 500 SSDs which I took a look at the 500GB last month and was quite impressed, so impressed in fact that it is now currently my OS drive, at least until I get an NVMe drive with say the new Phison E12, but I digress.

We asked Crucial to take a look at the 1TB model and wanted to see if performance was more or less the same if so currently priced below $175 could be an even better value than the 500GB we looked at last month. With it only being a few dollars more than the Silicon Power 1TB A55, and around the same price as the SanDisk and WD Blue drives floating on Amazon while likely being a better performer.

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The drive is currently available on Amazon for a really solid deal of $89.95 for the 500 GB version with the 250 GB version coming in at $64.99, our 1 TB coming in at the rather low $173, and finally, the 2 TB coming in at just under $400 compared to the 449.99 price point last month.

First Look At The Crucial MX 500 1TB 2.5 Inch SSD – Unboxing And Closer Look

Much like the other Crucial MX500, we tested the 1TB model comes in a clamshell design box and features a small insert that includes the links to their support and service pages. The box is a thicker cardboard than the other products we’ve tested and this makes sense since this is a bit of a higher end drive.  Finally, the drive comes with a 5-year warranty, much higher than the 3 years all the other drives we’ve tested have come with.

Like all other drives we’ve tested this drive is a 7mm SSD in the 2.5 Inch form factor and includes a 9.5mm adapter which allows it to be almost entirely universal.

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Testing Setup

Component Model
CPU AMD Ryzen R7 1700 @ 3.4GHz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 3200MHz
PSU XFX 1050W
OS Windows 10-64 Bit Spring 2018 Update
Motherboard Asus X370 ROG Hero IV
Case Phanteks Enthoo Luxe

I use a Ryzen test bench for my reviews, since most other websites test with Intel mainstream platforms, I personally think this is useful for all of those users who are using AMD’s Ryzen CPUs and AM4 socket motherboards to get a good idea on what kind of performance they should expect.

Crucial MX 500 500GB SSD Performance Benchmarks

Crystal Disk Info 7.5.1

Crystal Disk Info is a wide tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It will display temperatures, the number of power on hours, the number of times it has been powered on, and even informing you of the firmware version of the device.

Not a whole lot here, just showing that TRIM is in fact enabled as well as DevSleep

ATTO Disk Benchmark

As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware software to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as the host connection to attached storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark.

The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host bus adapters (HBAs), hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

Looking at the ATTO Results we see that the NVMe drive absolutely slays the other drives on the longer sequential writes though on the shorter ones are rather inconsistent, though the MX 500 drives consistently do a really solid job of maintaining very solid performance through the entire test for the best overall SATA drives.

Crystal Disk Mark 6.0

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software Made by a Japanese coder named Hiyohiyo and is one of the simplest and most frequently used tests for storage due to its simple and easy to understand UI. It measure sequential reads/writes speed,measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed,select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill).

 

Even though we see the RC100 flying ahead, our MX500 1TB Does very well in every test shown here. An impressive showing no doubt, but par for the course based on our expectations last time.

AS SSD

AS SSD is the opposite of ATTO as it uses incompressible data rather than compressible data and simulates the worst possible scenario imaginable for an SSD which gives the best understanding of performance when pushing the drive to its limits.

We separate the IOPS and MB/s in the results for ease of reading.

Yet again we see consistent performance with our Crucial MX500 drives leading the SATA side of testing, though in the right workloads we can see the NVMe RC100 take a significant lead. With the poor performance by the Patriot drive at times we can see the consistency in the Crucial drives throughout the benchmarks here.

Diskbench File Transfer Test

For real-world testing, we have decided to use Diskbench to move a large game directory (The Witcher 3) which comes in just under 43GB with a nice mixture of large and small files. We use this workload to simulate either a gamer moving the games of his primary drive to a secondary drive or someone moving large directories over.

Here we see more of the same with the Crucial MX 500s both taking the lead in performance, even over the Toshiba NVMe drive which goes to show that not everything is dependent on SATA bottlenecks.

PCMark 8 Storage 2.0

The PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark is used to create real-world testing scenarios that many users use on an everyday basis. With 10 traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and as well as Battlefield 3 and World Of Warcraft, the light to heavy common workloads have been represented. This is unlike other tests that it shows off real-world performance between storage devices. The higher the score the better the drive performs, and application tests are measured in seconds. The test has a break in cycle as well as 3 rounds of testing.

In PCMark 8 we see the second highest storage performance we’ve seen in the PCMark 8 and slightly better than the previous leader the MyDigital SSD Superboot 2

Moving on to the specific tests we see a very tight graph with some incredibly small leads, overall the Crucial drive does well yet again.

Conclusion

When I got this drive I expected it to perform very similarly to the 500GB I really liked last month, I was not surprised in any way, and well at it’s current price point its an even better value than the 500GB was, with prices on NAND continuing to drop with every passing day these Crucial drives are a great option for strong performance from a brand that is well known and gives a great long-term warranty.  5 years is relatively long.

One of the questions I got in the previous review was with pricing being so close to the Samsung 860 Evo why should I buy this, and at that time I would say that it’s hard for me to recommend a drive I haven’t used, though with pricing being so similar I could see peoples point.

This time, at $175 for a 1TB MX 500 drive, and Samsungs 860 EVO now retailing for $220 at the time of writing its a $45 dollar gap, and frankly I don’t know if the Samsung is so much better at that price to consider them in a similar catagory, especially when the cheapest drives are sitting at around $160-165. At the same time the 500GB MX 500 I previously reviewed is at just under $90 while the EVO 500GB is at $110. Even if Samsung is slightly better, at these prices I would give a firm recommendation to these drives due to the value per dollar which is usually a big part of how I weigh my product recommendations for the average consumer, gamer or enthusiast. The hardcore power users can and should definitely look for NVMe options that will fly past these drives, but most users won’t be able to tell the difference between something like this and a Samsung 970 Pro type drive.

And with all that said I give the Crucial MX 500 1TB our best value award.

9.5

A fantastic product for the money at time of writing blows away similarly priced drives at times and is almost always the fastest in the tests. High end performance for a cheap price

Performance9.5
Value9.5
Design & Aesthetics7
Features7

Pros

  • Great value
  • High performance
  • 5 year warranty
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