Solid State Drive or known as SSD, is the current technology that is beginning to replace Hard Disk Drives (HDD). This part is the hardware component in a computer that stores data; usually an operating system is installed on the drive. It allows the computer to boot into and interface that the user can navigate. Without a storage drive, you wouldn’t be able to save any files or even boot into the operating system. SSDs function at higher speeds than HDDs because they can randomly access data at any time, while the read/write arm of the HDD must reach the right sector of the rotating platter.
SSDs are better choice for the user concerned with a fast boot up and quick performance, especially if you’re dealing with high-processing task such as editing and rendering. There is no question that SSDs will replace HDDs as they become more widely produced and lower in price.
For desktops or laptops that can support multiple hard drives, users may consider installing the operating system and program on an SSD. In this article we are going to discuss the SSD with Crucial as the brand in two series MX300 and MX500. Since it varies in capacity, we are going to focus on the 2 terabyte, the biggest capacity.
Crucial went all out with an expansive range of MX300 products, the 2TB model delivers 2050 gigabytes to the end user, it is not double the capacity of the 1TB model, which is 1050 gigabytes.
Micron moved the additional space into a spare area to enhance the dynamic SLC buffer that works to keep the drive’s performance high during bursty write workloads.
The MX300 2TB does not deliver more performance than the other high capacity models in the same series. The company lists the MX300 2TB with 530MB/s of sequential read and 510MB/s of sequential write performance. Random data flows at 92000/83000 read/write IOPS. See also: Crucial MX300 Vs MX200.
The SLC buffer is taken advantage by the write specification that shrinks as you store more data on the flash. The MX300 includes two software add-on packages that needs to be downloaded from the company’s website.
There is the Storage Executive software that allows users to manipulate and check the status of Crucial SSDs, the industry standard backup and disk cloning software Acronis True Image HD is also offered by the company.
The Crucial MX500 2TB model will come in the 2.5” form. It uses the SMI SM2258 controller, an older model but Crucial says its LDPC error correction algorithms are powerful enough for the new 64-layer 3D NAND that the MX500 has. All capacity of the MX500 have the same performance specifications, 560/512 MB/s of sequential read/write throughput it common for high-performance SATA SSDs.
Random data flows up to 95000/90000 read/write IOPS. Crucial’s Data Write Acceleration (DWA) uses an SLC buffer to boost the performance of the TLC SSD. Same as the MX300 the MX500 also has two software add-on packages that need to be downloaded from the company’s website.
The Storage Executive that allows to monitor the SSD and provides a few standard tools, such as secure erase for drive maintenance and a useful tool to increase overprovisioning. Also it includes the Acronis True Image HD software like the MX300.
Warranty & Endurance
The MX300 series has a three-year limited warranty. The 2TB model provides up to 400TBW of endurance which is a general indication of how much data you can write to the SSD before the warranty expires. With the MX500 there is a five-year warranty period with a much higher endurance rating. The 2TB model can be write up to 700TBW to the SSD.
The MX300 series uses a thin metal case that makes the drive feeling very light in your hand. The 7mm Z-height will work in notebooks and drive sled that require the thin form factor. The 2TB model is the flagship of MX300 series SSD.
The components include eight NAND packages paired with two Micron DDR3 DRAM packages and the Marvell Dean controller. Micron populated all of the component emplacements on the PCB with NAND. The MX300 series features capacitors that provide enough power to secure data at rest.
The MX500 also uses a slim 7mm case design that’s commonly used in thin notebooks but Crucial includes a 7mm to 9.5mm adapter bracket for use in drive sleds that require the thicker profile. Different from the MX300 there is sixteen NAND packages with two die apiece.
The MX500 uses an SMI controller which is very different than the other MX series; the rest uses Marvell Controller since it debuted in 2014.
Crucial MX300 vs MX500
The Crucial MX300 2TB reaches a wider audience due to its name recognition, availability and pricing. Performance issue is available for this MX300, this mainstream SSD performs more like an entry-level product during moderate workloads. Crucial tries to tackle the latency with a complex dynamic SLC buffer. For most people, performance is secondary when it comes to the MX300 2TB, since it is maximizing capacity at an acceptable pricing and performance level.
The Crucial MX500 has a lot to offer if you are looking for a SATA SSD for your next upgrade. It scores enough combined victories even though it doesn’t win in every category and comes with a low enough price point. The MX500 brings the series back to be a feature-rich product line. Focusing on the features and the software package is a great addition.
Overall, the MX300 performance is the lowest of any MX-series product. Many will overlook it to gain the high-capacity advantage despite the entry-level performance. While MX500 is Crucial’s largest consumer SSD breaks for the 2TB.
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The slight performance penalty will not be notice by most users. The high capacity of the MX500 will allow you to store a massive game library on onedrive. For a better solid performance, long endurance rating and the 5 year-warranty the choice for a 2TB SSD this time comes down to the Crucial MX500.