AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy

Our Heavy storage benchmark is proportionally more write-heavy than The Destroyer, but much shorter overall. The total writes in the Heavy test aren't enough to fill the drive, so performance never drops down to steady state. This test is far more representative of a power user's day to day usage, and is heavily influenced by the drive's peak performance. The Heavy workload test details can be found here. This test is run twice, once on a freshly erased drive and once after filling the drive with sequential writes.

ATSB - Heavy (Data Rate)

The Crucial MX500 turns in the best average data rate score on the Heavy test that we've seen from a 1TB-class SATA drive. When the test is run on a full drive, the MX500's performance falls below that of the Samsung 850 PRO and 850 EVO.

ATSB - Heavy (Average Latency)ATSB - Heavy (99th Percentile Latency)

The average and 99th percentile scores of the Crucial MX500 are typical for a good SATA SSD. The MX500 doesn't set any records here, but at least the latency doesn't climb out of control when the test is run on a full drive. This is a notable improvement over the MX300.

ATSB - Heavy (Average Read Latency)ATSB - Heavy (Average Write Latency)

The average read latency of the Crucial MX300 is fast by SATA standards, but it doesn't quite match the Samsung 850 PRO. When the test is run on a full drive, the average read latency suffers and the MX500's score is merely average for a mainstream 1TB drive. The average write latency is slightly below average in both cases, but not to a degree worthy of concern.

ATSB - Heavy (99th Percentile Read Latency)ATSB - Heavy (99th Percentile Write Latency)

The 99th percentile read latency of the MX500 falls in the middle of the pack, though running the test on a full drive has a bit more of an impact than for most drives. The 99th percentile write latency is reasonably low whether or not the test is run on a full drive.

ATSB - Heavy (Power)

The power consumption of the Crucial MX500 on the Heavy test is significantly higher than the record-setting MX300, but the MX500 certainly doesn't qualify as power-hungry compared to the broader field of competitors. The Samsung 850 PRO and EVO drives require much more power on this test than the MX500.

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  • tech6 - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    It's nice to finally see a Samsung alternative that doesn't suck. Reply
  • ddrіver - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    I am thoroughly impressed. And that's not something I take lightly. Samsung will have to get their game on now, with the age old 850 series no longer being king of the hill in SATA drives. Reply
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    Not sure if you noticed this, but they recently released a new 850 EVO with 3D NAND. Reply
  • ddrіver - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    Until now the 850 line was unquestionably better than everything else in almost every regard, except price maybe. It's enough if the competition is "close enough", even without actually taking the crown. Right now Samsung isn't the go-to SSD with good alternatives like the MX500. That's enough for me. Reply
  • Alistair - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    Samsung has by far the worst customer service and warranty coverage. Good luck actually getting them to replace a drive in Canada. Glad to see Crucial stepping up their game, buying one immediately. Reply
  • Alistair - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    Just to expand on this. Samsung is forcing customers to contact newegg for warranty coverage. I've already spent weeks just trying to get Samsung to respond to their normal emails. Newegg obviously isn't responsible for a year old drive failing. They have no RMA process, and I've already contacted their chat, voice, and email.

    Dear Samsung Valued Customer,

    We have received your email and would like to thank you for the information that you sent us however, you will need to contact the place of purchase for warranty coverage. We already have notify the dealer and they will be calling you shortly to offer warranty coverage.
    We apologize for the inconvenience this issue may have caused you.

    Thank you/Merci

    Regards,

    (name redacted)
    Samsung Electronics Canada
    Reply
  • Alistair - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    Nobody is getting coverage in Canada:

    https://forums.redflagdeals.com/has-anyone-dealt-s...
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  • Alistair - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    This was purchased from Newegg.ca Reply
  • Arnulf - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - link

    Interesting. Over here in EU it is far more common to deal with the seller/store.

    I buy hardware from a store, not the manufacturer, store gives me warranty on goods purchased and I don't care what hoops they have to jump through (RMA with the manufacturer? Deal with the national distributor? etc.) to get things settled as long as they beat the deadline(s).
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  • Alistair - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - link

    Basically they sell the product in Canada, but have no procedure in place to provide their warranty service. That's not a warranty at all. Reply

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