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Crucial MX500 4TB review - SATA SSD with an extreme amount of space

Data monster In times of huge games and home offices, it never hurts to have a bit more memory. If it is also a fast SSD, so much the better. The 4 TB Crucial MX500 is just right. We will take a look at whether it can also convince in terms of speed in our review.
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Crucial MX500 4TB

Crucial's MX series is the somewhat faster, but also somewhat more expensive SATA SSD series from the manufacturer, which has now been expanded by a 4 TB model. The manufacturer wants just under 360 Euros (~$418) for it, and the prices on the Internet are currently on this level as well.

If you currently want a lot of storage, but do not want to do without SSD speed, you will have to spend between 300 and 400 Euros (~$349 and $465), so Crucial does not make the cheapest offer here, but it is on par with the competition.


Crucial MX500 technical data in comparison

Capacity

1 TB

2 TB

4 TB

Serial number

CT1000MX500SSD1

CT2000MX500SSD1

CT4000MX500SSD1

Controller

Silicon Motion® SM2258 with special Micron® firmware

Format, interface

2.5 inch, SATA 6 Gbit/s (SATA III)

Sequential read rate

560 MB/s

Sequential write rate

510 MB/s

4K sector-limited random read IOPS

95K IOPS

90 K IOPS

4K sector-limited random write IOPS

90K IOPS

TBW

360 TB

700 TB

1.000 TB

Supported operating systems

Windows 7/8.0/8.1/10/11

Features

  • 256-bit AES encryption module
  • Dynamic write acceleration
  • RAIN
  • multi-level data integrity algorithm
  • adaptive temperature protection
  • integrated Power failure immunity

Warranty

Limited, 5 years

MTBF

1.800,000 hours

MSRP

99,95 Euro

196,03 Euro

361,75 Euro

 

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Test system - Crucial SSD in the Zotac MEK Mini

We have installed the Crucial MX500 4TB in a Zotac MEK Mini a compact gaming system with Intel Core i5-9400F and GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER. The installation is very easy: Just snap the SSD into the slot and format it in Disk Management.

More about the Zotac MEK Mini you can read in our review.

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Features - Hardware encryption included

The Crucial MX500 is built from 3D NAND flash. Crucial offers a warranty of up to 5 years or 1,000 written terabytes, whichever comes first. The SSD offers a height of 7mm, an adapter to 9.5mm is included.

A hardware-supported 256-bit AES encryption can be activated to protect the data from unauthorized access.

Crucial MX500

AS SSD & CrystalDiskMark

Let's first take a look at what Crucial promises for its SSD: 560 MB/s in sequential read and 510 MB/s in write should be possible. This is on par with other SATA SSDs.

These read and write rates are almost achieved in the AS-SSD benchmark, but about 40 MB/s are missing in both cases. In CrystalDiskMark with a queue depth of 32 and one thread, we get even closer to the promised data rates: It is almost reached with over 558 MB/s in read, and the gap also narrows in read.

Overall, these are satisfactory results, but it should be noted that the theoretical values can only be achieved in certain situations.

What is noticeable, however, is that the access times are a bit slow.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
Crucial MX500 4TB
,
Patriot P300P512GM28US
, , Patriot P300 P300P512GM28US
Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe
, , Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe SSD 1 TB WDS100T2B0C
Kingston KC600
,
AS SSD
118%
127%
28%
Seq Read
519.5
1059.64
104%
1852.47
257%
447.27
-14%
Seq Write
467.05
1300.48
178%
1321.65
183%
452.08
-3%
4K Read
28.6
24.37
-15%
26.84
-6%
41.69
46%
4K Write
73.7
131.66
79%
165.72
125%
96.47
31%
4K-64 Read
344.5
553.11
61%
386.36
12%
358.15
4%
4K-64 Write
301.4
1146.52
280%
1097.62
264%
315.14
5%
Access Time Read *
0.067
0.024
64%
0.024
64%
0.037
45%
Access Time Write *
0.142
0.092
35%
0.096
32%
0.034
76%
Score Read
425
683
61%
598
41%
444
4%
Score Write
422
1408
234%
1396
231%
457
8%
Score Total
1071
2458
130%
2280
113%
1144
7%
Copy ISO MB/s
599.9
1088.2
81%
1495.77
149%
1061.99
77%
Copy Program MB/s
381.1
1202.12
215%
798.57
110%
620.51
63%
Copy Game MB/s
488.4
1221.74
150%
1487.63
205%
716.99
47%

* ... smaller is better

ATTO

The ATTO benchmark uses data blocks of different sizes to check the SSD's performance even more practically.

In fact, it shows that quite constant transfer rates are achieved starting at a data size of 256 KB, which are less than 10% below what Crucial promises as maximum read and write rates.

Crucial MX500 4TB
,
Patriot P300P512GM28US
, , Patriot P300 P300P512GM28US
Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe
, , Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe SSD 1 TB WDS100T2B0C
Kingston KC600
,
ATTO Disk Benchmark
162%
214%
65%
8192KB write
475170
1440000
203%
1830000
285%
463350
-2%
4096KB write
472980
1440000
204%
1760000
272%
461260
-2%
2048KB write
476280
1440000
202%
1760000
270%
456120
-4%
1024KB write
472980
1440000
204%
1780000
276%
453100
-4%
512KB write
472980
1440000
204%
1810000
283%
452100
-4%
256KB write
472690
1420000
200%
1780000
277%
448790
-5%
128KB write
459710
1440000
213%
1780000
287%
434550
-5%
64KB write
444280
1420000
220%
1740000
292%
418330
-6%
32KB write
417840
1390000
233%
1640000
292%
434340
4%
16KB write
384000
1350000
252%
1390000
262%
405410
6%
8KB write
302120
911630
202%
871060
188%
352320
17%
4KB write
205670
502690
144%
528600
157%
260230
27%
2KB write
116250
269670
132%
29220
-75%
172430
48%
1KB write
68390
136790
100%
11170
-84%
95010
39%
0.5KB write
35920
66440
85%
5800
-84%
53340
48%
8192KB read
533330
1470000
176%
2260000
324%
533330
0%
4096KB read
533330
1590000
198%
2310000
333%
529660
-1%
2048KB read
533330
1590000
198%
2290000
329%
524830
-2%
1024KB read
533330
1470000
176%
2260000
324%
526030
-1%
512KB read
533330
1450000
172%
1630000
206%
523640
-2%
128KB read
352530
1150000
226%
2070000
487%
501720
42%
64KB read
323490
615190
90%
1430000
342%
517280
60%
32KB read
296210
411140
39%
917140
210%
497710
68%
16KB read
244250
217710
-11%
550840
126%
463630
90%
8KB read
209960
118690
-43%
729390
247%
406420
94%
4KB read
70480
158850
125%
465580
561%
279440
296%
2KB read
37990
105020
176%
29300
-23%
172920
355%
1KB read
21920
58690
168%
8180
-63%
93540
327%
0.5KB read
9860
30880
213%
538.79
-95%
50540
413%
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Conclusion - Good performance at a reasonable price

In review: Crucial MX500 4 TB. Test device provided by Crucial Germany.
In review: Crucial MX500 4 TB. Test device provided by Crucial Germany.

Crucial presents an SSD with a lot of storage space with the MX500 4TB. It is by no means the first SATA SSD with this much storage, but it is an interesting alternative.

The Crucial MX500 4TB competes with comparable SATA SSDs from Samsung, Western Digital or SanDisk. Pricing-wise, they are all in the range of 300 to 400 Euros (~$349 and $465) and the differences are more in the details: If you would like to have hardware encryption, only Samsung's models come into question apart from our test SSD, and a performance warranty of up to 1,000 written TB is not available everywhere, either. On the other hand, the 5-year warranty is already standard for most devices.

The Crucial MX500 4TB is well equipped and you get a lot of storage for your money.

The SSD achieves the promised data rates in certain scenarios in the benchmarks, but the underperformance is also otherwise still within limits, so we can give the SSD a good report card in terms of speed. However, the Crucial MX500 cannot compete with the power of an NVMe SSD, which is simply in a different league due to the faster interface.

Price and availability

The Crucial MX500 4TB is available directly from the manufacturer at https://www.crucial.de/ssd/mx500/ct4000mx500ssd1 for 361.75 Euros. Similar prices are from our partners notebooksbilliger.de or Cyberport available. At Amazon you can currently get the SSD for just under 400 Euros (~$465).

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 902 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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