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Crucial MX500 vs Samsung 860 Evo: Which one to buy?

Both Crucial MX500 and Samsung 860 Evo comes in Performance SATA SSD Category.

Crucial MX500 is one of the most popular SATA 2.5″ SSD offered by Crucial. It is a DRAM SSD that comes with 550/510 MB/s Read/Write speed. Comparing it to the Samsung 860 Evo, the Evo has similar offerings with 550/520 MB/s Read/Write speed.

Now, if you have to choose between the both, the selection might be difficult for some people. Both of these brands have almost similar image in the storage industry. Although I would not deny the overall great reputation of Samsung, Crucial is known for its reliable products especially when it comes to the SSDs.

So, if you are confused whether you should buy the MX500 of Samsung 860 Evo, I am here to help you with this. I have recently published another article comparing the Crucial MX500 vs Samsung 870 Evo. You can check that as well. Now, let’s get started.

Note: These SSDs are also available in smaller form factors i.e. M.2 (2280). We are talking about only the 2.5″ form factor here in this article. However, because the same protocol used, the results will not vary a lot.

The theoretical specifications of both these SSDs are compelling. This is the reason why most of us find it hard to make a perfection selection. You might have read them earlier. But, still, let’s compare them one more time.

SpecificationsCrucial MX500 2.5″ (1TB)Samsung 860 Evo 2.5″ (1TB)
Sequential Read Speed550MB/s550MB/s
Sequential Write Speed510MB/s520MB/s
Random Read IOPS95K98K
Random Write IOPS90K90K
Capacity250GB-1TB250GB-4TB
Available Form Factors2.5″ and M.2 22802.5″ and M.2 2280
TBW3601200
NAND TypeMicron’s 3D TLCSamsung’s 3D TLC
DRAMYesYes
WarrantyLimited 5-YearsLimited 5-Years

Although, these specs look similar but Samsung 860 Evo is clearly winning in some important domains. The TBW ratings are just impressive with the Evo. Also, it has an 8 core controller whereas the MX500 controller has only 4 channels. Along with that, the Samsung’s Random Read IOPS are higher than the MX500.

Below are the actual benchmark score comparison of both these SSDs. The tests were done on an a desktop with 8th Generation i5 Processor and 8GB 3200 MHz RAM. The SSDs were 100% empty when the tests were done. So, the results may vary when these parameters change. However, the differences might not be that higher.

ParameterCrucial MX500 2.5″ (1TB/100% Empty) Samsung 860 Evo 2.5″ (1TB/100% Empty)
Sequential Read490 MB/s492 MB/s
Sequential Write420 MB/s435 MB/s
Random 4K Read36.3 MB/s39.1 MB/s
Random 4K Write92.3 MB/s97.6 MB/s
Deep Queue 4K Read345.2 MB/s336.4 MB/s
Deep Queue 4K Write297.9 MB/s294.6MB/s

The Samsung 860 Evo is a winner when we talk about both sequential Read and Write operations when 100% empty. However, the differences are not that huge. So, this may not impact your decision a lot. But, still, if you go with the results, the Samsung 860 Evo is going way ahead here again.

Endurance is another one of the important things you will have to be curious about. However, this is an important element only for hardcore users. Let’s compare them here.

Version (Capacity)Crucial MX500 (TBW)Samsung 860 Evo (TBW)
250GB100 150
500GB180300
1TB360600
2TB7001,200
4TBVersion not available2,400

Note: TBW (Total Terabytes Written) is a number to determine how much data an SSD can write on its NAND cells during its lifetime. Know more about it here.

Before starting, I would like to say, 2,400 TBW is a crazy number. Only a company like Samsung can offer this sort of number to its users. By the way, you might have seen that the Samsung 860 Evo is providing you with a better TBW and hence a better endurance as compared to the MX500.

SpecificationsCrucial MX500Samsung 860 Evo
NAND TypeMicron’s TLC 3DSamsung’s MLC 3D
NAND Layers64/9664
Cache TypeDRAM CacheLow Power DDR4 SDRAM
ControllerSMI SM2258Samsung Phoenix
Controller ConfigurationsSingle-Core, 8-ChannelsPenta-Core, 8-Channels

Looking at these technical specifications, I can say that Samsung 860 Evo has a better back. The controller is powerful and DRAM cache is faster than the MX500.

Price is another major thing that may change your final decision. The prices of these products keep changing. So, I would suggest you checking the live prices before you make a decision. But, generally, the price of Samsung 860 Evo is higher than the MX500.

For example, the 1TB version of Samsung 860 Evo 2.5″ is around 50$ expensive than the MX500. But, samsung is surely giving you some additional benefits in return.

Samsung is surely a big brand in the electronics field. But, crucial is also a big player if we talk especially about the SSD industry. So, in my opinion, choosing any of these SSDs is a good decision.

However, the main thing that may impact your decision is the pricing. Crucial MX500 is a reputed SSD and it is available for a lesser price as compared to the Samsung 860 Evo. So, if you have limited budget, just choose MX500.

But, if you are good to spend some more money, I would suggest buying the Samsung 860 Evo because of its great random read/write speed and more TBW.

Thanks for reading!

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