Crucial BX500 1TB

Testing

The following system was used to test the SSD
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– RAM: Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
– SSD: Crucial MX500
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe White

 

To test the SSD, the following software was used:

– ATTO Disk Benchmark,
– CrystalDiskMark 7,
– Windows File Copy.

In order to obtain a precise result each test was performed three times.

 

CrystalDiskMark 7 – Read

 

CrystalDiskMark 7 – Write

 

ATTO Disk Benchmark Read

 

ATTO Disk Benchmark Write

 

Windows File Copy

 

Final thoughts

The Crucial BX500 1TB is one of the most affordable 1TB SSDs available on the market. It uses high quality Micron made memory chips, which are built on the 3D NAND Flash platform. The only inconvenient of the BX500 is the usage of a SLC cache instead of a DRAM cache, which will lower the speed of the SSD when writing small data chunks on the drive.

The design of the BX500 1TB is minimalist and has no flashy elements, the price of this SSD is going into the performance and the reliability of the storage device.

The performance of the Crucial BX500 1TB is good for an SSD in this price range. However, the usage of a SLC cache instead of a DRAM cache will lower the performance in some cases. The Sequential performance is very good and the same can be said for the actual copying of files using the Windows OS as the benchmark. In this case, the BX500 maintained a stable speed of 490 to 500MB/s, when copying 10 files, each with a size of roughly 2GB.

In conclusion, the Crucial BX500 1TB is a good and affordable SSD that is an alternative to other storage devices found in this price range. The BX500 1TB model is cheaper than the competition while also offering a good performance that is very close to other, more expensive models.

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