So you’re shopping for SSD’s; you already probably know about the benefits of SSD’s over conventional Hard Drives, so the real question is which SSD is the right one for you. So, the gloves have to come off, and the drives have to prove their worth. Up next, we have the Crucial M500 vs PNY XLR8, two similar contenders in the low-price, consumer SSD market.
The first consideration, and probably the most important for an SSD, is the indicator of how well an SSD does its job over a traditional drive: random access speeds. Measured in IOPS (pronounced Eye-ops!), it’s a measurement of how many operations the drive can do per second. The Crucial M500, in the 240GB configuration, has a specification of 72,000 IOPs, while the PNY XLR8 claims ‘up-to’ 70,000 IOPs. Both are considerably faster than traditional hard drives, which max out at about 150 IOPs for the fastest spinning drives. 70,000 is a decent speed for SSD’s in this price point, and there’s virtually no difference between the two in that category, so after round one, they’re both still neck-and-neck.
The second specification that is the most important is the sustained sequential read rate. Any drive can peak out at a high read rate, but it’s in a sustained operation that a drive’s speed is truly tested. PNY’s drive doesn’t list a sustained rate, but states a maximum speed of 400 MB/s. Crucial’s M500 reported a sustained rate of 500 MB/s, tested with the IOMeter benchmarking software. The Crucial drive clearly has the edge here, with great sustained rates for large files, sustaining a speed 25% faster than PNY’s XLR8’s fastest speed! See also: Crucial BX200 Vs M500.
Crucial M500 Vs PNY XLR8
|Crucial M500||PNY XLR8|
|Key Features||- Transformative performance: dramatically faster than a hard drive - Nearly instantaneous boot times - 500 MB/s sequential reads, 250 MB/s sequential writes, Random Write up to 60,000 IOPS, Random Read up to 72,000 IOPS - Ample storage: available in capacities up to terabyte-class - Includes top-level hardware encryption technology||- Best Value: Premium grade flash to handle a wide variety of workloads - XLR8: Sequential Read/Write speeds: 400 MB/s Random IOPS : Up to 70,000 - Controller: SandForce 2281 - 3 year warranty plus an additional 2 years when registered with PNY|
Available : 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB.
Available : 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB.
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There’s not much between the two in the battle of the Crucial M500 vs PNY XLR8. Both are pretty close in street price, are widely available in various sizes, and will have very similar times when searching for data or other random access applications. The Crucial does have an edge in sustained speeds, so users that have intensive needs for large files, like music, art or graphic design, or film work, will especially love the better rates.