Technology and gaming content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,615 Reviews & Articles | 61,013 News Posts

Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships (Page 2)

Chris Ramseyer | Feb 25, 2019 at 10:00 am CST - 2 mins, 34 secs time to read this page
Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Crucial

960GB Class Performance Testing

Product Comparison

Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 300 | TweakTown.com

The 960GB BX500 faces strong competition in this review. There are very few 1TB class DRAMless SSDs on the market at this time, but expect more in the second half of the year. The other drives in the charts today are some of our favorite SATA SSDs shipping today. Some of these drives are as close as $10 more than the DRAMless BX500, but have the additional chips that significantly increase random performance.

Sequential Read Performance

VIEW GALLERY - 25 IMAGES
Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 002 | TweakTown.com

The lone QLC SSD, Samsung 860 QVO, stands out from the rest with slightly lower sequential read performance. The other drives all fall within a few megabytes per second through the queue depth (QD) range.

Sequential Write Performance

Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 003 | TweakTown.com
Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 004 | TweakTown.com

Sequential write performance is also very close with burst data between all the drives. This is due to the limitations of the SATA interface. NVMe SSDs using the four channels and the same flash are capable of delivering much higher performance.

Sustained Sequential Write Performance

Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 005 | TweakTown.com

The Samsung 860 Pro is the only drive without an SLC buffer. It uses 2-bit per cell flash. The other drives reply on writing to a programmed SLC cache that is often dynamic in size. The chart shows the best possible conditions, with the drives empty when we start and moving to 100% fill of the user area.

The 960GB BX500 shows a strong SLC area that is larger than many of the other drives. The three Samsung drives show faster 128KB block write speeds. The 860 EVO uses a larger buffer, but the 860 QVO drops faster than the BX500. Both the BX500 and the 860 QVO write large block size sequential data at less than 100 MB/s outside of the SLC buffer.

Random Read Performance

Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 006 | TweakTown.com
Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 007 | TweakTown.com

The MLC and TLC SSDs with DRAM read 4KB random data much faster than the BX500. The BX500 is significantly faster than the 860 QVO with QLC memory technology.

Random Write Performance

Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 008 | TweakTown.com
Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 009 | TweakTown.com

DRAMless SSD's weakest link is with random write performance. This is where the buffer for the table map really increases performance.

70% Read Sequential Performance

Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 010 | TweakTown.com
Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 011 | TweakTown.com

The 960GB BX500 has a flat performance curve with mixed sequential data. The performance in this area is lower than most of the other drives but it is predictable and consistent.

70% Read Random Performance

Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 012 | TweakTown.com
Crucial BX500 960GB SSD Review - Micron 96L TLC Ships 013 | TweakTown.com

The low random write performance is burdensome. It takes the 70% read random workload down with it. This isn't just the low random writes alone. The increased latency disrupts the data pattern.

Although the performance looks low, and it is by SSD standards, the 960GB BX500 delivers nine times more performance in this test compared to the best consumer hard disk drives shipping today.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

Buy at Amazon

Crucial BX500 960GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-Inch Internal SSD

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
Buy at Amazon
$99.99$99.99$99.99
* Prices last scanned on 6/1/2020 at 12:17 pm CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

We openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here. Please contact us if you wish to respond.

Related Tags