Crucial MX500 500GB review: As fast a SATA SSD as you can find

Fast, cheap and with a lengthy warranty, the Crucial MX500 is a great option for anyone who doesn’t need a pro-level drive

Crucial is playing a cautious game with its SSDs. It still hasn’t launched a consumer PCI-E NVMe SSD, and when it debuted its first 3D NAND two years ago, it did so with a mid-range product, the MX300. That drive offered good value for money and perfectly adequate performance for most users, but was noticeably slower than several other mainstream drives. Now Crucial’s back with the MX500 and, seemingly, the story remains the same.

This drive sees the debut of Micron’s 64-layer 3D NAND, up from the 32-layer NAND of the MX300, but there’s still no NVMe option and this SATA version still isn’t an all-out performance model. However, while the picture doesn’t appear to have changed much, dig a little deeper and the MX500 shows it has a lot more going for it.

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