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Crucial MX500 vs Samsung 870 EVO: Which one should you buy?

Crucial MX500 is one of the most popular SATA SSD offered by Crucial. At the same time, the Samsung 870 Evo is also a very impressive SATA SSD from Samsung. So, if you are confused between them both, I have tried to solve your problem here. In this article, we will cover all the important aspects which will help you make a perfect decision.

As we all know these both SSDs use the SATA protocol, and the speed would never go beyond 600MB/s. So, whether you are using any of these SSDs, don’t expect anything more than that. However, because the Crucial MX500 and Samsung 870 Evo are competing hard in this domain, various people want to know which one is the best between these both. So, in this article, we are going to reveal the same by doing some straight comparisons. Now, without any further delays, let’s get started.

Let’s see what are the key offerings given by the manufacturers of these SSDs. Comparing them will give you a good idea of what you can expect from them.

SpecificationCrucial MX500 (1TB)Samsung 870 Evo (1TB)
Sequential Read Speed560 MB/s560 MB/s
Sequential Write Speed510 MB/s530 MB/s
Random Read (IOPS)95K98K
Random Write (IOPS)90K88K
TBW360 TBW600 TBW
InterfaceSATA/AHCISATA/AHCI
Form Factor2.5″ and M.2 SATA2.5″ SATA
Capacities250 GB to 4 TB250 GB to 4 TB
WarrantyLimited 5-YearsLimited 5-Years
Check AvailabilityAmazonAmazon

With these numbers, we can clearly see that the Samsung 870 Evo has some better things to offer. Total endurance, sequential write speed, and random read speed are better in the Samsung 870 Evo. Whereas the Crucial MX500 is winning the other things such as M.2 Form Factor, and random write speed.

The theoretical specifications can say anything but we should not trust them before using the product personally. To help you with this, we have done the live benchmarks which will help you understand the core capabilities of these SSDs. The tests were done on an Intel i5 12th generation PC with 16 GB 4200MHz of RAM. All the tests are performed on 1TB variants of both SSDs.

sequential benchmarks MX500 vs 870 evo
random performance benchmark mx500 vs 870 EVO

There are no serious differences between these SSDs if we look at their benchmark scores. However, the Samsung 870 EVO is winning over the MX500 in terms of random read and write speeds.

Both these SSDs are great in terms of reliability as well. They offer a good warranty period along with the TBW limits. Let’s compare them below.

SpecificationsCrucial MX500Samsung 870 Evo
TBW (Terabytes Written)250GB: 100 TBW
500GB:
180 TBW
1TB:
360 TBW
2TB:
700 TBW
250GB: 150 TBW
500GB:
300 TBW
1TB:
600 TBW
2TB:
1,200 TBW
4TB: 2,400 TBW
MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure)1.8 Million Hours1.5 Million Hours
Warranty5-Years5-Years

The reliability factor of both these SSDs is good enough. We are getting what we are paying for. For a normal or even a hardcore computer user, these numbers are just great.

SpecificationCrucial MX500Samsung 870 Evo
NAND Type and Layers64/96 Layers 3D TLC NAND128 Layers 3D TLC NAND
DRAM (Caching)DDR3 DRAMLow-Power DDR4 SDRAM
ControllerSMI SM2258Samsung MKX
Controller ConfigurationsSingle-Core, 4-Channels, 8-CE/ChannelTri-Core, 8-Channels, 8-CE/channel

In terms of NAND, DRAM, and Controller configurations, the Samsung 870 Evo is way better than the Crucial MX500. This might be the reason why 870 Evo was performing better in random read/write tests.

Price is another one of the major factors affecting your decision. So, it becomes important to compare the prices of both these SSDs here because the differences are huge. The Samsung 870 Evo is way pricier than the MX500 even after having slightly similar features.

Generally, you will find all the variants of MX500 way cheaper than the Samsung 870 EVO. So, if you are looking just for an affordable yet effective SSD between the both, the Crucial MX500 is surely the best pick.

In my opinion, the Crucial MX500 is the best pick in terms of price and features. As we saw earlier, there is very little difference in the benchmark scores. Also, the MX500 is a well-known product in this field. However, it was lacking in terms of random read/write speeds.

The Samsung 870 Evo is a perfect option for those who are finding a perfect balance between speed, reliability, and other specifications. However, the Samsung 870 Evo is way pricier than the MX500. So, if you are looking for the best quality product from a company like Samsung, the 870 Evo should be your pick. But, if you ask me to choose between them both, I would go for the MX500 because of its impressive results at a reasonable price.

Thanks for reading!

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Amir
Amir
2 years ago

You addressed the comparison very clear and good. Thank you

Alex F
Alex F
2 years ago

Excellent comparison to the point and very clear. I knew they were very similar but I needed to know more details.
After reading I decided for the Samsung.
Thank you!

Aaron Eliezer Pilchick
Aaron Eliezer Pilchick
2 years ago

Thanks for the article. You’ve clarified the points I wanted to know.

Mat
Mat
2 years ago

Great reviews! Keep up the good work 🙂

A jew
A jew
2 years ago

helpful article.

Henry
Henry
2 years ago

You wrote: “In terms of NAND, DRAM, and Controller configurations, the Samsung 870 Evo is way better than the Crucial MX500.” So according to you that performance is not worth the added $20?

John
John
2 years ago

Excellent comparison.

Ike
Ike
2 years ago

Samsung is obviously the Superior drive for endurance, but at a Premium price.
Its a Lexus vs Toyota argument, both will get you there, but one is 30-50% more expensive. For most users The Crucial has a far better value proposition for the end user unless they require higher speed constant read write usage out of the drive where Samsung’s differences shine.

Last edited 2 years ago by Ike
SteveA
SteveA
2 years ago

We bought 48 Crucial MX500’s to use as OS drives in 12 backup servers. Cheap disks, not many writes, only used for backup OS (proxmox backup server)

2 1/2 years later we have replaced 29 of those disks. After the 10th failure we started to replace them with Samsung 870 EVO. None of the Samsung have failed… yet!

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test test
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveA

Similar experience, Samsungs SSD are WAY more reliable than crucial