If you are not already running SSDs in your primary computer system, you are missing out on some easy performance gains. There is nothing more satisfying than having your system boot up quickly or have an application load almost instantaneously.
Crucial is no stranger to SSDs and we took their latest offering, the BX500, for a test drive. The BX500, comes in a range of capacities – 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB (tested). Depending on the type of upgrade or budget you are wanting, there should be a capacity to suit.
Easy to install
If you are not a tech expert, installing something on your computer can be quite intimidating. Fortunately, Crucial have produced an SSD Install Guide that makes this process very easy via a step-by-step guide.
Improvement in speed
Crucial claim that the BX500 can achieve up to sequential 540 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write speeds. That’s a huge boost to system boot up, application load times if upgrading from a traditional HDD. Likewise, we wanted to also see how the BX500 performed as an external drive and in a NAS environment.
Benchmarked using a USB 3.0 adapter:
Buffered reads using RAID0 on a QNAP TVS-951X gave us speeds that were spot on:
[~] # hdparm -t /dev/sda /dev/sda: Timing buffered disk reads: 1588 MB in 3.00 seconds = 528.99 MB/sec [~] # hdparm -t /dev/sda /dev/sda: Timing buffered disk reads: 1568 MB in 3.00 seconds = 522.32 MB/sec [~] #
Next up on the QNAP was some data transfer without using the drive cache:
[~] # hdparm -t --direct /dev/sda /dev/sda: Timing O_DIRECT disk reads: 1490 MB in 3.00 seconds = 496.08 MB/sec [~] # hdparm -t --direct /dev/sda /dev/sda: Timing O_DIRECT disk reads: 1488 MB in 3.00 seconds = 495.97 MB/sec [~] #
Crucial always sets the bar for affordable and efficient SSD storage. Their new BX500 SSD is a great indication of how Crucial have evolved their storage products over the years. If you have been sitting on the fence with storage technology, this drive is well priced and delivers good enough performance to sway you over to the SSD camp. A great entry-level drive offering a good bang for your buck in your next upgrade.