Home Computers & peripherals Review: Crucial BX500 SSD

This is a mid-priced SSD with better-than-expected performance.

We recently announced the availability of the Crucial BX500 SSD with 120, 240 and 480GB versions. Following the announcement, iTWire received a review unit.

Installation was a breeze (once we hunted up a [not included] SATA cable – hint, we found one under eldest son's bed! [don't ask!]) and the device came online easily.

A quick format was all that was required to make it available.

About the only other task we could perform was to benchmark the device. And we were very surprised. This is a budget-priced device with premium performance.

Ranking the device on UserBenchmark returned some impressive results.

 BX500Review

The BX500 achieved a ranking of 103% of average SSDs, achieving the 82nd percentile. Most impressive was the deep queue ranking of 150% – this suggests that the device would be very effective as a Photoshop swap disk as it appears to be optimised for large block writes.

Of some interest is the fact that this particular device seems to outperform the average benchmark for all BX500s, although there are many variables (including overall motherboard performance) which may influence the result. Testing in this instance was performed on a reasonably strong (but not excessively so) gaming machine.

Overall, the BX500 (as tested) represents excellent value for money in the range of SSDs currently on the market. Recommended.

Australian pricing is:
120GB $44.95
240GB $71.95
480GB $124.95

The BX500 is available from most major retailers. 

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