Crucial is back with a competitive spirit, and more importantly, competitive products. The MX500 is more mainstream than many enthusiasts want to see, but all SATA SSDs are old hat to some extent. Even entry-level NVMe products can outperform SATA SSDs. After all, the SATA interface was originally designed for spinning disks.
The MX500 is a great start, but it isn't the finish. Although Crucial hasn't given us any real confirmation, we should expect an NVMe product from the company in 2018. It doesn't take a crystal ball to see that Crucial is the only fab without a high-performance NVMe consumer drive. The flash appears to be ready, and that's the takeaway for enthusiasts.
We'll test the other models over the next month and compare performance across the entire family. If the 1TB model is any indication of what to expect, barring any new SATA entries, this could be the SSD to buy in 2018.
The MX500 has a lot to offer if you are still looking for a SATA SSD for your next upgrade. It doesn't win in every category, but it scores enough combined victories and comes with a low enough price point to gain our recommendation. The MX series has always been a feature-rich product line, but performance had fallen off. The MX500 brings the series back to where it should be. Now we can focus once again on the features, and the software package is a great addition. Much like the performance, every small victory adds to winning the overall battle.
The MX500 1TB is the best overall value in the SATA SSD market. Crucial priced the drive aggressively at $259.99 and we can't think of a better value even if we factor in NVMe SSDs. The other capacities also appear impressive, but we'll need to verify the performance before passing final judgment. The MX500 series looks strong, but we can't wait to see an NVMe-based Crucial product that can capitalize on the advancements of the new 64-layer NAND.
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