Crucial MX500 1TB and 500GB SSD Review – A Must Have SSD?

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Crucial MX500 SSD – Test Setup

In testing the Crucial MX500 1TB and 500GB SSDs, I am using a Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 5 motherboard powered with an Intel Core i7-8700K CPU. Below are the rest of the system specifications:

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 5 – available at eBay.com and Amazon UK
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K – available at B&H, eBay.com and Amazon UK
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Pacific RL360 WCS Kit
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200MHz 16GB – available at eBay.com and Amazon UK
Graphics card: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium – available at eBay.com and Amazon UK
OS Drive: Kingston KC1000 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD – available at B&H, eBay.com and Amazon UK
Power Supply: Seasonic 850W Prime Titanium – available at B&HeBay.com and Amazon UK
Chassis: Thermaltake Core P5 – available at B&HeBay.com and Amazon UK

Note: The benchmark results on the succeeding pages are the results I got during my tests using the specific sample Crucial sent. Performance may vary from one capacity to another and from one system to another (slightly). You may or may not get the same exact results shown in this review. During my tests, each result does not remain at a constant or fix read/write speeds. The results below are not cherry picked as well. But the results are the more constant numbers I got while running the same benchmark several times.

For comparison, I’ve included benchmark results of a faster M.2 NVMe SSD and a much slower hard disk drive in the graphs. This is just to give you an idea on how fast or slow is a standard SATA SSDs compared to a hard disk drive and an NVMe SSD.

Crucial MX500 SSD AIDA64 Storage Benchmark Results

Starting with AIDA64’s storage tests; this includes Read Test Suite, Average Read/Write Access, Linear Read/Write and Random Read/Write tests. Below are the results:

(1TB left, 500GB right)
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Read performance looks (very) linear and consistent for both the 1TB and 500GB capacity. And we’re seeing (significant) spikes when it comes to write performance, specially with the 500GB capacity.

Let’s investigate further and see how the MX500 SSD performs with AJA Systems benchmark tool.

Crucial MX500 SSD Series latest pricing and availability:
For US: available at Crucial.com, B&H Photo and eBay.com here
For UK: available at Amazon UK here
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