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
– Thermal compound: Noctua NT-H2
To test the SSD the following software was used:
– ATTO Disk Benchmark,
– CrystalDiskMark 6.0.2,
In order to obtain a precise result each test was performed three times.
CrystalDiskMark 6.0.2 Read
CrystalDiskMark 6.0.2 Write
ATTO Disk Benchmark Read
ATTO Disk Benchmark Write
The Crucial X8 SSD is designed to offer good read and write speeds while also being able to withstand the outdoor elements. The 1TB version of the Crucial X8 has an average price of 160 USD or EUR, and this places the X8 model at the same level as other external SSDs available on the market.
The Crucial X8 offers great speeds in both reading and writing, the average speed is 950MB/s registered with Crystal Disk Mark. There is a notable difference is speed when switching from USB Type-C to the standard USB 3.0. Using the included USB 3.0 adapter, the speeds are lowered to an average of 440MB/s. This is not because of the included adapter, but thanks to the USB 3.0 interface that is the limiting factor.
The performance of the SSD is very good, especially since a lot of external enclosures at this price point will struggle to deliver the advertised speeds. Thanks to the usage of the USB Type-C port, the X8 is compatible with most modern smartphones and notebooks, however, Crucial also included a USB 3.0 adapter.
In conclusion, the Crucial X8 1TB is a very good portable SSD, that reaches close to the advertised speed of 1050MB/s. The build quality is very good and the anodized aluminum enclosure offers a good protection for the SSD inside.
The 500GB variant can be acquired for an average price of 100USD, while the 1TB version is priced at around 160USD. Both prices are good, when considering the build quality and the registered speeds.