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Best M.2 SATA SSD - Samsung 860 EVO or Crucial MX500 (Page 3)

By Chris Ramseyer from Aug 7, 2018 @ 10:00 CDT

Game Load Time


The biggest surprise in our testing came in the game load times. You can read more about the test in this article with over 120 drives tested. The MX500 500GB 2.5" loaded the game files in just 14.755 seconds. The 860 EVO 500GB 2.5" did the same task in 16.052 seconds. Using the same image cloned to the M.2 drives we recorded times of 32.922 (MX500) and 34.529 (860 EVO) seconds. Performance in the same motherboard with M.2 SATA is quite a bit different from a 2.5" drive hanging off a standard SATA III cable.

PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth


It's been a very long time since Samsung's flagship consumer SSD lost to another product in the PCMark 8 Storage Test. It's been even longer since Crucial sat at the top!

Both drives are close enough to call it a draw though. The performance increase over other companies previous generation products is significant. If you already use an older SSD, there is a reason to upgrade to newer flash technology that will increase the user experience.

PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test


Coming from a heavy workload the Samsung 860 EVO 500GB recovers faster than the MX500 500GB. The EVO also performs better under heavy workloads where there is little time for TRIM and OS triggered garbage collection to clean new cells. The Samsung controller features five cores with one dedicated exclusively to background cleanup. The MX500 controller uses a dual-core design that is less effective under heavy workloads.

Neither drive's architecture was meant for true workstation use. Samsung's 860 Pro and 970 Pro NVMe product still dominate the workstation market for flash-based storage.

SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests


The MX500 is faster at the start of the SYSmark 2014 SE test but hours of office-work takes a toll. Overall, the 860 EVO delivers a more responsive user experience in the test, but it's not a clean victory. We will talk more about this on the next page.

Notebook Battery Life


Between the two drives we're focused on today, the 860 EVO delivers longer notebook usability on a single battery charge. The difference in our Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook came to 4 minutes. In a system designed for long battery life, the gap would increase.

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