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Crucial BX100 SSD Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Our first rating is performance, which compares how effective the 500GB Crucial BX100 SSD performs in benchmark operations against competing SATA-based solid state drive storage solutions. For reference, Micron specifications suggest 535 MB/s maximum reads and 450 MB/s write speeds from the 500GB and 1TB Crucial BX100 SSDs. In our storage benchmark tests this solid state drive performed up to and beyond this speed, producing results that kept pace with some of fastest SATA-based products previously tested. ATTO Disk Benchmark tests proved the 500GB Crucial BX100 SSD was good for delivering 563/453 MBps peak read/writes speeds. Linear testing with AIDA64 Disk Benchmark produced 514/440 MB/s, on par with expectations. Sequential read/write speed tests with AS-SSD Benchmark produced 513/424 MB/s.

Crucial specifications advertise maximum IOPS performance at 90,000 for random reads, and 70,000 for random writes to brand-new NAND. Using Iometer operational performance tests configured to a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O’s per target across 100% of the drive, our benchmarks produced 59,768 combined IOPS performance – positioning BX100 near the middle of SATA-based test results we’ve obtained recently. Looking at 4K 32QD test results using AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the 500GB Crucial BX100 SSD again performed near the middle of the pack for recent tests but still ahead of older-generation SSDs tested.

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Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they’re forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what’s expected in terms of the appearance. Micron Technology has created a sleek 7mm profile with appealing textured aluminum finish on the Crucial BX100-series SSDs. As solid state storage controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be. For now, the adaptive thermal monitoring system on the BX100 suits it well in managing heat in ultrathin and embedded designs.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product segment, and Crucial products have never offered any exception otherwise. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses, but add a hard metal shell and the chance for failure is reduced to internal component defects. If there are any problems with a Crucial BX100 SSD during the limited 3-year warranty period, end-users can receive support from the Crucial SSD support forum. There’s also a toll-free telephone number for support or customer service questions available at 800-336-8915.

You’ll certainly find plenty of value in the Crucial BX100 series, with performance that satisfies. The Crucial BX100 uses native write acceleration instead of compression, and delivers the industry’s least expensive price per gigabyte among solid-state storage devices by reaching $0.36 per Gigabyte. Heading into April 2015, the Crucial BX100 SSD series is available is several popular capacities. The two fastest versions sell for some of the best prices we’ve seen for SSD technology:

Crucial’s BX100 SSD is a mainstream product with an attractive and very affordable price tag, but performance still scales with current-generation offerings. Small 16nm NAND Flash component free up PCB real-estate and enable higher-density 128MB ICs to fit, reducing manufacturing material costs and thereby reducing product prices. An adaptive thermal monitoring system with on-board thermistor and microcontroller is certainly a useful feature for ultrathin and embedded designs. Collectively these items add to the already noteworthy performance, and earn the Crucial BX100 SSD our Silver Tachometer Award for quality recognition.

Pros:

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+ 563/453 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ Native write acceleration – no compression used
+ Silicon Motion SM2246EN TRIM, SMART, and ECC
+ 3-Year Micron Technology product warranty support
+ Offered in 120/250/500GB/1TB storage capacities
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life
+ Device sleep (DEVSLP) function extends battery life

Cons:

– Some manufacturers offer five-year warranty
– Lacks TCG Opal 2.0 security with 256-bit AES hardware encryption

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.25
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 8.25
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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