Crucial MX500 SSD (1 TB)
Hard Drive (Solid State)
Solid State Drives or SSDs have been around for a few years now. What began as a new way to store your OS and key files on a super-fast drive with limited storage has now become the go-to tech for storing all application data, including games. Having your Steam or GOG library on a dedicated SSD is the sort of setup that there’s no going back from. And with the move to on-board M.2 SSD drives, which connect directly to your motherboard, you might be wondering what the point would be for the now traditional 2.5” SDD enclosure? Well, in the words of the new Crucial MX500 SSD doing its best Tom Cruise impression – “I feel the need, the need for sped”.
The big difference between this new MX500 versus the MX300, apart from still falling under the reliable and affordable banner, is the switch to 64-layer 3D NAND memory. Which means increased storage capacity because the data is stored on top of each other in 3D. As opposed to the traditional 2D setup of older SSDs. What does this mean for speed? Well, in addition to the increased storage potential and less power usage more effort is then placed on the all-important read/write and access speeds. Sure, compared to an M.2 NVMe solution the performance bottlenecks due to how traditional SATA throughput works, but as a secondary drive for any PC – the Crucial MX500’s 560 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write speed, is nothing to sneeze at.
In fact, it presents a noticeable improvement over the existing Crucial MX300 that we currently use in our gaming rig
- Form Factor: 2.5"
- NAND: Micron 256Gb 64-layer 3D TLC
- Sequential Read/Write: 560/510 MB/s
- Max Power: 5.0 W
With large storage capacity (available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB varieties) it should come as no surprise that when it comes to building or upgrading a PC, the Crucial MX500 makes the choice to go SSD-only an easy one. Especially when you begin to factor in the increased installation sizes of bigger game releases of late, and the difficulty in which traditional hard-drives struggle to keep up. Because after all, you don’t want to be the last name in a multiplayer loading screen where everyone else is waiting on you to finish loading the next level.
Okay, so when it comes to advertised read/write speeds for hard-drives what performance you end up getting is usually a lot less. This comes down to build and the fact most manufacturer tests are conducted in a vacuum – so to speak. That being said, the Crucial MX500 is one of the fastest SATA-based SSDs that money can buy. And an entry from Crucial that is once again affordable whilst also something that can go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Samsung EVO. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that compared to the existing MX300 in our current setup the MX500 out performed it across the board.
And by a large margin too. Under full drive real-world tests, we noticed improved load times for games like Assassin’s Creed Origins, DOOM, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Overwatch, and others to the tune of about 20% give or take. And in benchmarking read/write speeds we managed to crack 510MB/s and 495MB/s respectively. Excellent results, which means something like the 1TB variant of the MX500 is perfect for becoming a dedicated game-drive.
In the end when it comes to the world of 2.5” SSDs it’s great to see that advances aren’t being limited to the M.2 NVMe space. And the MX500 from Crucial ticks all the right boxes. Speed, performance, and price-point.