Crucial MX500 2TB SSD PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark Results
The PCMark 8 Storage benchmark tests the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. It can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. Below is the result I got with the Crucial MX500 2TB capacity:
Crucial MX500 2TB SSD Game Test Benchmark Results
I also added some game benchmarks to show you a benefit of using an SSD for gaming. As you can see below, games load faster when installed on an SSD, and loads slower when installed on an HDD. It only affects the loading time; whether launching the game, loading a save game file, or when the game loads a level, area, or graphics. SSDs don’t increase the frame rate of your game. It will not make your game go “butter smooth”. That’s the job of a graphics card.
Pricing and Availability
The Crucial MX500 SSD series has been available in the market for quite some time already. Currently, the 2TB capacity comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $250 USD. All capacities come with a limited 5 year warranty from Crucial. To be exact, it’s 5 years or before reaching the maximum total bytes written (TBW) indicated on the product’s datasheet. SSD prices constantly changes from time to time, primarily due to competition, NAND availability, and demand and supply. And they do change very often. Be sure to check out the links below for their latest pricing and availability.
For US: available at Amazon.com
For UK: available at Amazon UK here
Crucial MX500 2TB SSD Review: Conclusion
We have seen how the MX500 1TB and 500GB capacity performed before, so I already have an idea how the 2TB capacity may perform. Generally speaking, the MX500 impressed us in terms of performance and their prices are competitive as well. The 2TB capacity is on par with the other capacities, however it performed just a bit slower compared to the 1TB capacity. Just a tiny bit slower, and this would not be noticeable in real world use. This could well be in the margin of error, or perhaps because the 1TB and 500GB capacities where tested on a different motherboard. Nevertheless, the results that we got for the 2TB capacity was not far from the other capacities and it’s within the expected speed range.
In reality, it’s quite difficult to tell or notice the difference between these high performance SSDs in real world use or scenario. Crucial’s MX series, Samsung’s EVO and PRO series and the rest of the top tier competition are close to each other when it comes to (real world) performance. It’s very difficult to tell which is faster unless you benchmark these SSD and compare the numbers. However, prices can easily be compared and in this case the MX500’s pricing is very attractive and competitive.
When I was writing this review, the MX500 2TB capacity was cheaper compared to Samsung’s 860 series 2TB, WD’s Blue 3D 2TB, SanDisk’s Ultra 2TB, or even Seagate’s 2TB SSD. The only cheaper 2TB SSD at that time was the ADATA SU800. We haven’t tested ADATA’s, so I’m not sure how it performs or its reliability. It would be a no-brainer to choose the MX500 2TB, not unless you’re loyal to a specific brand. Or if Samsung or WD/SanDisk suddenly decided to drop their prices to compete with other brands.
Aside from the MX500’s attractive price and performance, it also comes with a 5-year limited warranty, AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption, integrated power loss immunity, adaptive thermal protection, data defense against data corruption, dynamic write acceleration, and you also get a free Acronis True Image HD software. The data protection, data encryption plus the 5-year warranty is what really attracts me; aside from the price and performance of course. You simply can’t go wrong with this SSD.
I do not have any problems recommending the Crucial MX500 2TB capacity at all. I’m currently using this as a game drive, making the games load faster. If you’re in the market looking for a larger and fast storage drive for your files or games, consider this one, especially when its price is cheaper compared to other SSDs. Like I said before, you simply can’t go wrong with Crucial’s MX500 series.