Benchmark values and test results …
Let us continue with the benchmark results. SATA3 drives are tested with an ASRock 890GX Extreme3 motherboard and test results of mSATA and M.2 modules are performed using an ASRock Z97 Extreme6 motherboard. At present, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition is used as the operating system.
The SSD drive speed was examined and compared with the following benchmark software:
AS SSD Benchmark – Download
ATTO Disk Benchmark – Download
CrystalDiskMark – Download
HD Tach – Download
SiSoftware Sandra – Download
The AS SSD benchmark values provide a very good indication of the maximum possible read and write speed, the speed for smaller files and their respective access time. By the way, 4K means that small 4K blocks are read or written and with 4K 64Thrd this is distributed to 64 threads at the same time. For example, the benchmark program simulates a typical program start.
With the 1000GB Crucial drive a high sequential read and write speed could be achieved in the AHCI.
Who now think about changing the SATA port in the BIOS from native / legacy IDE to AHCI, should first change for example only one part of the SATA port, where the drive with the operating system is not installed, if this is supported by the motherboard. Because if one like to save the new Windows installation, one must install the hard disk controller driver before changing SATA mode from IDE to AHCI – alternatively there are also Registry entries for it. If you like to upgrade from HDD to SSD, you should not copy the content 1:1 only with a tool like Norton Ghost or Acronis Backup. It is better to install a fresh Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 or adjust at least the SSD Alignment. We help you with questions to this topic or all other PC related questions at any time 24/7 in our German and English PC Forum.
The usable capacity of the Crucial MX500 is 931.51 GB. With the Crucial Storage Executive Tool you can adjust the over provisioning area as mentioned before and thus determine yourself how high you want to set the SSD durability vs. performance.
The overall score is pleasantly high with 888 points, at least for the somewhat older AMD test system, which we have been using since the beginning of our SATA SSD tests to be able to provide a 100% comparison of the SSDs. The Crucial BX200 480GB SSD was only 731 points on the same test system, but the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD at slightly higher 892 points.
For a better comparison with the previous Samsung SSD 860 Pro and Samsung SSD 860 Evo SSDs that did not work properly with the AMD test system, we also tested the Crucial MX500 1TB with the Intel test system. The Crucial MX500 1TB achieves 1147 points, but on the Intel test system it cannot quite keep up with the 1206 points of the Samsung SSD 860 Evo and the 1203 points of the Samsung SSD 860 Pro.
The comparison of the AS SSD benchmark results is extended with each new HDD/SSD test. You can already see some SSDs compared to the Crucial MX500 1TB SSD, whereby the graphics is updated regularly with new SSD drives. At the time of testing, the Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 NMVe SSD leads the AS SSD total score, followed by several other SSDs and then the new MX500 SSD with 1TB capacity joins the MX300 2TB SSD in front of it.
The ATTO disk benchmark values gives a very good overview about the write and read rate on different file sizes. These values are maximum ratings, which are different to the previously continuous transfer rate benchmarks, as this benchmark can be higher even with SSDs with a slower overall performance.
With the Crucial MX500 1TB SSD, the reading speed (green) is already above the writing speed (red) from a transfer size of approx. 0.5KB and reaches the maximum reading values of 554393KB with a transfer size of 128KB.
These ATTO Disk Benchmark values are now compared with a small transfer of 32KB and a large transfer of 8192KB. The bar chart already includes a comparison to some SSDs and hard disks, whereby the Crucial MX500 1TB SSD ranks relatively far below at ATTO.
CrystalDiskMark also provides a balanced measurement of performance with different transfer sizes.
As before, the BX300 480GB achieves very good sequential read values of 524.1 MB/sec and write values of 468.5 MB/sec in addition to the 4K-64 threads.
The following diagram shows the CrystalDiskMark results again in comparison to the other SSDs and hard drives, which will be expanded step by step. In the CrystalDiskMark comparison one can see significant differences between the to-date tested of the Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives.
With HD Tach one can measure the gradient of the performance, but the SSD transfer is not comparable with a conventional HDD. New logical NAND cell access of the SSD controller results like some other equal designed SSDs in varying values with the latest HD Tach Version 22.214.171.124 version, which is designed for hard disk drives.
HD Tach shows a normal continuous transfer image with the lowest displayed access time of 0.0ms with the Crucial MX500 1000GB SSD in AHCI mode. There are also very smooth transfer rates with light peaks during the writing processes.
For comparison. you can move the mouse pointer over the following drives to see their respective benchmark results:
Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5″ SSD, ADATA S511 120GB SSD, ADATA S511 120GB SSD, Crucial BX300 480GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial BX200 960GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial BX200 480GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial BX100 1TB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX200 1TB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX200 500GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX200 500GB M.2 SSD, Crucial MX200 500GB mSATA SSD, Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5″ SSD, 2x Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5″ SSDs RAID0, 3x Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5″ SSDs RAID0, 4x Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5″ SSDs RAID0, Crucial MX300 750GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX300 525GB M.2 SSD an SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX300 2050GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial M500 480GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial M550 512GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial M550 512GB M.2 SSD, Crucial M550 512GB mSATA SSD, 2x Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD an SATA3 RAID, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD an SATA3, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 000F, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0309, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0002, Crucial m4 256GB SSD FW 0309 an SATA3 IDE, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0002 an SATA3, Crucial C300 64GB 1.8″ SSD an SATA3, Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2.5″ SSD an SATA3, Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2.5″ SSD an SATA2, Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB HDD, Intel SSD 750 1200GB PCIe Karte Gen3 x4, Intel 600p 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD an SATA3 AHCI, MX-DS Fusion 60GB SSD SATA3 IDE, MX-DS Fusion 60GB SSD SATA3 IDE, MX-DS Turbo 120GB SSD, OCZ Agility 128GB SSD, OCZ Vector 180 480GB 2.5″ SSD, Plextor M8SeGN 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD, Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD PCIe AHCI, 2x Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB 2.5″ SSD an SATA3 RAID0, Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB 2.5″ SSD, Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA SSD, Samsung 960 Evo 500GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 SSD, Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 SSD, Samsung SSD 860 Pro 512 GB SSD an Intel SATA3 AHCI, Samsung SSD 860 Evo 500 GB SSD an Intel SATA3 AHCI, Samsung Series470 128GB SSD AHCI, Samsung 470 128GB SSD Legacy IDE, Samsung 850 Pro 128GB 2.5″ SSD, Samsung T5 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 SSD, Seagate Constellation.2 1TB 2.5″ HDD an SATA3, Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB 3.5″ SSHD, Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8″ HDD.
To see how the new 64 Layer 3D TLC NAND Flash behaves during a larger file transfer, we have additionally executed the long and tedious Full Bench. In contrast to older TLC or 3D TLC SSDs, there is only a lower performance drop at longer write rates from approx. 24GB data transfer.
Of course, SiSoftware Sandra benchmark should not be missing in this test series. SiSoftware offers with their SiSoft Sandra program a very comprehensive tool, which contains a lot of tools to get very reliable test results of all hardware components.
The average access time of the Crucial MX500 1 TB SSD is in SiSoftware Sandra with 52us extremely low and the drive index of 478.86 MB/s is very high for a SATA SSD.
In the write performance measurement, the average access time of the Crucial MX500 1 TB SSD in SiSoftware Sandra is also at extremely low 24us and the drive index reached good 466.22 MB/s.
Crucial MX500 1 TB Result and general impression …