256GB Real-World Performance
Game Load Time
For the price, the 240GB BX500 performs well in our game load time test. It takes close to 1 second longer to load the levels compared to the MX500 but is faster than many of the other low-cost drives selling today.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
Widening the application scope to nine other applications and summarizing the results in an easy to digest throughput score tells a different tale. The BX500 delivers nearly half the application throughput compared to the 250GB MX500.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
As we mentioned with the 480GB capacity, Crucial didn't design this series for extended heavy workloads. We'll just pass over this test designed measure performance under strenuous conditions.
System Responsiveness and Power
Before the Barracuda SSD distracts you from missing the power rating, we want to explain the drive has an issue with our Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook that doesn't allow us to measure watt hour power consumption accurately.
When we stay within the confines of the entry-level SSDs, the BX500 looks good in our responsiveness test. It is likely the best 256GB class entry-level SATA SSD shipping today.
Notebook Battery Life
In the same notebook, but with MobileMark software to measure battery life, the 240GB BX500 only scored an average result of just over 320 minutes on-battery time.
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