Final Thoughts and Conclusion
As time and technology progress, it gets harder and harder to review SATA SSDs. We’re to the point where the SATA 6 interface is all but saturated and most SATA 6 drives perform very similarly to one another. The best part about SATA SSDs is as technology progresses, they come down in price and go up in capacity. In both the ATTO Disk Benchmark and CrystalDiskMark 5, the 960 GB BX500 ran above the advertised read speeds of 540 MB/s and right around, or at the advertised write speeds of 520 MB/s. So, the 960 GB BX500 runs as advertised in 50% of our tests. In both AS SSD and Anvil’s Storage Utilities, the BX500 was slightly below the advertised read and write speeds. However, it still had respectable results. Overall, I’d say the 960 GB BX500 from Crucial performed very well.
Now, on to the value. At the time of this review, you can get the 960 GB Crucial BX500 on Amazon for $109.99, using the link below. We’re finally getting to the point where replacing all of you mechanical drives with SSDs is a viable option that won’t break the bank. I know personally, I’d much rather spend just over $100 USD for an SSD around 1 TB as opposed to a 1 TB mechanical drive for even $50 USD. The faster load times of even a SATA SSD, to me, is worth the extra money. In fact, I purchased a 960 GB BX500 to replace the spinning disk in my laptop and I couldn’t be happier. I do most of my work on my laptop and $110 bucks I spent on the 960 GB BX500 was well worth it.