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Crucial MX500 2.5" 7mm 1TB

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  • Crucial MX500 1 TB

    Plus

    • Outstanding price-per-GB
    • Large capacity
    • Great price/performance
    • 5-year warranty
    • Encryption
    • Power-loss protection
    • 7 mm thin—Ultrabook compatible
    • Acronis TrueImage HD included (via Crucial website)

    Minus

    • TLC not trusted by as many users as MLC
    • Slightly reduced performance in mixed random accesses

    Conclusion
    The Crucial MX500 is the company's new flagship SSD, built upon the foundation of Micron 3D TLC NAND flash and an SMI SM2258 controller, which we've seen used by many other vendors before. Unlike its predecessors, the company opted to part ways with Marvell, which comes with a significant cost reduction in a market where price is key. Crucial has also upgraded their warranty to five years in order to match Samsung's offerings in that regard. Like all other MX-Series drives, the MX500 offers the full range of encryption features and also protects data at rest in case of a power outage. Endurance is rated at 360 TBW (for the tested 1 TB version). This comes down to 328 GB written each single day over a 3 year period, which should be enough for even the most demanding non-enterprise scenarios. It's also worth mentioning that these drives are designed to be resilient against power-losses. While older generations of Crucial MX-series drives relied on a bank of capacitors to put out just enough power to finish outstanding write operations and mitigate data loss, Crucial's redesigned flash program sequencing for its NAND flash chips achieves the same function without the need for a capacitor bank to hold charge. In terms of performance, we see the drive outperforming the previous-generation Crucial MX300, but not by a large margin. This means that the drive is right up there with the fastest SATA drives, which are all limited by the speeds the aging SATA interface can provide. Our synthetic testing reveals that unlike the majority of TLC drives, the MX500 doesn't suffer from the write hole when sending lots of data its way. It delivers a steady 400 MB/s even when the SLC cache is exhausted. Other drives end up much slower in that scenario (e.g.: 850 Evo & MX300 at 300 MB/s).

    3 years ago
  • Crucial MX500 1TB SSD Review

    Plus

    • Utilizes Micron 2nd Generation 64-layer 3D TLC NAND
    • Endurance rating has increased over previous model
    • TCG/Opal 2.0-compliant self-encrypting drive (SED)
    • NAND-integrated power loss immunity
    • Available up to 2TB capacity
    • 5 five-year limited warranty

    Score Details

    • Innovation: 4/5
    • Performance: 5/5
    • Compatibility: 5/5
    • Cost / Value: 5/5

    Conclusion
    The Crucial MX500 1TB SSD delivers consistent performance and is a welcome improvement to the MX series. Thanks to Micron 2nd Generation 64-layer 3D triple-level cell (TLC) NAND, we're also seeing larger, more desirable capacity options at a value price point. Not to mention the return of a 5 year warranty!