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Crucial BX500 SSD Review: The DRAMless Invasion Continues (Updated)

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Crucial’s BX500 is a cheap option that will outperform any HDD as a boot drive, but it comes with drawbacks. The BX500’s low endurance and application performance rank far behind most current-gen SSDs in the market. Pricing is competitive, but there are much better options available for just a few dollars more, including Crucial’s own MX500, making this drive hard to recommend.

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SSDs are dirt cheap because the market is flooded with excess flash, new technologies QLC (quad-level cell) have made memory cheaper than ever and companies are getting more aggressive with pricing. Prices have declined so drastically that you can now supercharge your PC with 500 GB of flash for well under $70 or under $100 for 1TB.  

Made for price-conscious buyers who need 2.5-inch SATA drives, Crucial BX500 performs competently, but doesn’t even come close to being one of the best SSDs. With so many superior products in the same price range, it’s hard to recommend.

Crucial’s BX500 is the successor to its popular BX300 line of SSDs. Like the company’s mainstream MX500 brand, the BX500 skips over the 400-naming scheme. But, unlike the MX500, the BX500 doesn’t offer much of an upgrade path over its predecessor.

The BX series is a streamlined, no-frills SSD with fewer accessories and features than the MX series. Crucial launched the BX series to tempt buyers into purchasing flash when other options in the market were too expensive. The original BX100 came with 16nm planar (2D) MLC flash and a Silicon Motion (SMI) controller. That was Crucial’s first SSD with an SMI controller, and that trend continues with the BX500. The SSD uses the new SM2258XT four-channel SSD controller paired with Micron’s latest 64-Layer 3D TLC flash.

The base SM2258 is a good SATA SSD controller, and it offers impressive performance and reliability if it’s paired with the right flash. But it needs an expensive DRAM package for caching.

The SM2258XT, known as the XT model, combats this by removing the need for DRAM. This allows the SSD to store the critical flash translation layer directly on the flash instead of in a DRAM buffer. This lowers prices by a few dollars, but it also results in lower performance. NAND isn’t as fast as DRAM, and the constant read/write modifications to the flash translation layer are a strenuous task. As a result, performance can be rather unflattering–even falling into hard drive territory.

Controller and 96-Layer Flash

If it goes on a huge sale, Crucial’s BX500 might be a decent choice if you’re in search of a low-cost SSD to store your games library. While it’s not a top performer, it outpaces HDDs with speeds of up to 540/500 MB/s of read/write throughput. It’s also pretty cheap with a price of just $0.10 cents per GB, though it isn’t quite as cheap as some of its competition.

Flash pricing has plummeted drastically in the past year, making higher-capacity SSDs much more affordable. You can now buy 1TB SSDs for as little as $100 (or less if you happen to snag a sale). This has driven up demand for higher capacities so much that Crucial released a 960GB model for its BX500 line.

The 960GB BX500 is not the fastest drive on the market, but Micron’s latest 96-Layer 3D TLC flash and a new SM2259XT controller help make it affordable. There are also 1TB and 2TB capacities that we didn’t get to test.

Specifications

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Product Crucial BX500 120GB Crucial BX500 240GB Crucial BX500 480GB Crucial BX500 960GB Crucial BX500 1TB Crucial BX500 2TB
Pricing $21 $31 $54 $99 $114 $214
Capacity (User / Raw) 120GB / 128GB 240GB / 256GB 480GB / 512GB 960GB / 1024GB 1TB / 1024GB 2TB / 2048GB
Form Factor 2. 5″ 7mm 2.5″ 7mm 2.5″ 7mm 2.5″ 7mm 2.5″ 7mm 2.5″ 7mm
Interface / Protocol SATA 6.0 Gb/s / AHCI SATA 6.0 Gb/s / AHCI SATA 6.0 Gb/s / AHCI SATA 6.0 Gb/s / AHCI SATA 6.0 Gb/s / AHCI SATA 6.0 Gb/s / AHCI
Controller Silicon Motion SM2258XT Silicon Motion SM2258XT Silicon Motion SM2258XT Silicon Motion SM2259XT Silicon Motion SM2259XT Silicon Motion SM2259XT
DRAM None None None None None None
NAND Flash Micron 64L TLC Micron 64L TLC Micron 64L TLC Micron 96L TLC Micron 96L TLC Micron 96L TLC
Sequential Read 540 MB/s 540 MB/s 540 MB/s 540 MB/s 540 MB/s 540 MB/s
Sequential Write 500 MB/s 500 MB/s 500 MB/s 500 MB/s 500 MB/s 500 MB/s
Random Read N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Random Write N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Encryption N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Endurance 40 TBW 80 TBW 120 TBW 240 TBW 360 TBW 720 TBW
Part Number CT120BX500SSD1 CT240BX500SSD1 CT480BX500SSD1 CT960BX500SSD1 CT1000BX500SSD1 CT2000BX500SSD1
Warranty 3-Years 3-Years 3-Years 3-Years 3-Years 3-Years

Crucial’s BX500 provides up to 540/500 MB/s of sequential read/write throughput, but that can drop to an average of just 100 MB/s during a sustained workload. Crucial doesn’t disclose random 4K IOPS performance, likely due to unimpressive performance, but we’ll measure it on the following pages.

The BX500 is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. The BX500 currently sells for ~$0.10-per-GB for the 960GB and 2TB models.

A three-year warranty and affordable prices designate the BX500 an entry-level SSD, but its rather low write endurance epitomizes its rank. The BX500’s endurance rating starts at 40 TBW (Terabytes Written) and spans up to 120 TBW. Those are among the lowest endurance ratings on the market. Surprisingly, the BX500’s endurance is even lower than its predecessor.

Crucial’s BX500 comes in a 2.5” 7mm form factor and communicates with the host system via a SATA 6Gb/s link. The 960GB model comes with the same performance rating of up to 540/500MB/s read/write. The drive features a 3-year warranty but has twice the endurance (up to 240TBW).

Accessories

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Crucial includes Acronis True Image HD and Crucial’s own SSD toolbox, Crucial Storage Executive, with the BX500 SSDs.

True image enables end users to quickly and safely migrate their data from their old drive to their new BX500. You can also perform system backups with it, too. Crucial’s Storage Executive is also a handy tool. With it, you can update your firmware, monitor your SSD, and enable momentum cache, which Crucial states can help improve performance up to 10x in some cases.

A Closer Look

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The BX500’s case consists of thin metal and plastic. That keeps it lightweight, but the plastic gives it a cheap feel, which stands in stark contrast to its predecessor and the MX series. It connects to the host via a SATA 6GB/s connection.

Taking the casing apart reveals a 1/4 sized PCB, which is another way to reduce costs while still keeping compatibility with the 2.5″ form factor. The SM2258XT resides near the connector for the best signal, and the 64-Layer 3D TLC flash is distributed among four emplacements (two on each side). Raw NAND capacity is 51GB, but after over-provisioning, the user addressable space is just 480GB. That drops to 446GB of addressable space after you format the drive in Windows.

The BX500 features a plastic casing that simply snaps together to hold the small 1/4 sized PCB within. This helps to reduce weight and material cost but leaves it with a low-quality feel. And, unlike most other SSDs, there are no thermal pads to help dissipate heat from the controller.

Four Micron 96-Layer TLC flash packages are distributed in pairs on each side of the PCB. After factory provisioning, the 960GB model leaves you with a total usable space of 894GB within Windows.

The four-channel SMI SM2259XT controller sits near the SATA connector. While similar to the previous SM2258XT, this model comes with some data path improvements to boost performance.

The Silicon Motion SM2259XT SATA controller uses a DRAM-less architecture, so there is no need for a DRAM package. Instead, the critical mapping information is stored and modified on the flash. While this helps reduce BOM cost and allows for lower prices overall, it can drastically reduce performance, which you will see on the following pages.

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Toshiba Q300 120GB Review « TOP NEW Review






 

• Requirements: SATA-3 for best results, space for a 2.5“ drive

When Toshiba purchased the OCZ brand a couple of years ago, the first product to come from the newly marketed name was the OCZ Trion, an SSD that failed to excite the media at the time. Roughly a year later, Toshiba released the Q300 range of SSDs, with capacities from 120GB through to 960GB. However, it’s pretty much the same drive as the Trion.

The 120GB Q300 is a singlelayer TLC NAND memory drive using a flagging Toshiba TC58NC1000 SATA-3 controller. To help compensate for the non-multi-layer memory and not-so good controller, though, Toshiba has introduced some third-level technology in the form of Adaptive Size SLC Write Cache Technology.

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Other features include TRIM support, SMART support, garbage collection, a typical power consumption of 3.6W dropping to 0.3W when in sleep mode, and an MTBF of 1.5 million hours.

As for benchmarks, the Q300 performed reasonably well despite its poorer controller and lack of multilayer memory. The read speeds recorded by ATTO for the 8192KB test were 563MB/S, while the write speed was 405MB/S. The 4KB test revealed both a read and write speed of 217MB/S Admittedly, we were expecting lower write speeds, especially with the 8192KB test, but the Q300 instead surprised us with a decent number. This we imagine is thanks to the write caching technology, since the mixture of TLC memory and that particular controller are known for delivering lower write speeds.

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While the Toshiba Q300 120GB may not be as fast as the Kingston V300 120GB SSD (except for the 4KB read test), it’s certainly better than the Adata – and it’s twice the capacity too.

The Q300 120GB is priced, which makes it four pound higher than the Adata model and about a pound cheaper than the Kingston SSD. While better than the Adata in terms of speed and capacity, we think it’s better to pay that extra pound for an overall faster and better constructed drive.

Don’t get us wrong, the Toshiba Q300 120GB is a good SSD, and it’ll serve you well. But it’s worth checking out the competition before committing to a purchase.

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Testing 2.5″ SATA3 SSD RCE 120 GB on SM2258XT controller. One of the cheapest SSDs on 01.01.21. Bottom.

Hello everyone! I needed a very cheap 120-128 gig SSD for a computer that plays a presentation or video. Those. the task is minimal, as is the load. So I went to Ali and looked for the cheapest option and ordered it. I found some RCE SSDs that I had never seen before. Let’s see what came of it. Meet SATA 2.5″ SSD RCESSD 120 GB on SM2258XT controller! Let’s go!

I must say right away — the DNO drive. «dredging» © number 2. I’ve lost screenshots and stuff a few times. I was EVERYTHING going to quit these tests. But I still came to some end.

proof of purchase

The parcel was about 2.5 weeks. The drive, except for the postal package, was antistatic. The appearance is standard for the 2.5 «SSD version.

There is a name, volume, etc. will void the warranty if opened.0003

I didn’t even look at the reverse side, there is nothing interesting there. Maybe.

Let’s run through the tests.

CDI:

h3testw:

The volume is normal, the entire volume was recorded without errors. The speed is sad.

CDM will follow, but… there is one “but”. The first tests were good, like everyone else, the speeds were 500, everything was fine. However, after several tests and waiting, I was unable to get those numbers back. Either TRIM somehow worked crookedly, or the drive really is like that, or I don’t know, so I will give the results. which were after all the tests, we will consider them more real.

CrystalDiskMark empty:

smi_nvme_flash_id (vlo):


v0.556a
Drive: 0(ATA)
OS: 6.3 build 9600
Model: RCE 120GB
Fw : Q1204B0
Size : 114473 MB
From smart : [SMI2258XT] [Q1204B0 00]
Controller : SM2258
FlashID: 0x89. 0xb4.0x78.0x32.0xaa.0x1.0x0.0x0 - Intel 32L(B0KB) TLC 384Gb/CE 384Gb/die
Channel: 3
CE: 1
Tot Die : 3
Planes: 4
Die/Ce : 1
Ch map : 0x07
CE map : 0x01
Inter. : one
First Fblock : 3
Total Fblock : 548
Total Hblock : 1789Fblock Per Ce : 548
Fblock Per Die: 548
Original Spare Block Count : 80
Vendor Marked Bad Block : 0
Bad Block From Pretest: 38

 

Recording from Samsung SATA SSD to monitored:

Serious failures.

On the contrary, from the one monitored on Samsung:

CDM 68%:

Total:

The drive is as incomprehensible as possible in the sense that all tests are different, it behaves randomly. Not a single test is the same. Moreover, I simply lost some of the screenshots twice. Everything around said that «you do not need it.» In general, despite the fact that it is not qlc, it is as stupid as possible, both in terms of speed and predictability.

I was so tired of this SSD that I just did the basic tests and gave up. The AIDA64 write and read tests are exactly the same as h3test.

For my tasks, it will be enough, if only it does not die in a year, but rather 2. But I do not recommend taking it.

Thank you all, bye everyone. I accept criticism and questions.

Test and Review: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 120 GB and 1 TB with 3D V-NAND Memory

This year, Samsung has already introduced the new SSD 850 PRO, which is based on the new 3D V-NAND flash memory technology. Recall that individual memory cells are not just located on the plane of the crystal, but are located on top of each other in cylinders, that is, we get a three-dimensional structure. This technology provides a number of advantages, which, with the advent of the new Samsung 850 EVO family, extend to the entry-level segment. In our tests, we’ll see how the new Samsung SSDs compare to the competition.

Greater speed, significantly longer data storage time and lower cost. With 3D V-NAND memory, Samsung seems to have managed to combine these three conflicting factors together. The Samsung SSD 850 PRO proved to be one of the fastest SATA SSDs in our tests, and it’s significantly more reliable than its 2D MLC predecessor without being more expensive. For the consumer market, there are no problems with SSD reliability, and in terms of performance, it hardly makes sense to squeeze out the last megabytes per second. But here the low price is an important criterion.

Samsung SSD 850 EVO comes in bright white packaging

Here, 3D V-NAND technology also shows its best side, because due to the arrangement of memory cells in the stack, the chip area is used more efficiently, more memory cells can be placed on the chip. Samsung currently uses 3D memory with 32 layers. Each cell in the 850 EVO stores three bits of information, that is, we can talk about 3D TLC technology. In the case of the 850 PRO, 3D MLC memory is used, while for the predecessor 840 EVO, Samsung used the classic 2D TLC memory.