Closer Look: Crucial BX100 SSD
Solid state storage devices have gained quick popularity with performance-minded consumers because they work equally well in PC, Linux, or Apple computer systems. Likewise, these drives install quite easily into both desktop and notebook platforms without any modification necessary. The Crucial BX100 SSD is designed for the high-performance user segment, and gives personal computers a much faster response time that can help boost productivity.
In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the 500GB Crucial BX100 solid state drive, which comes packaged in a cardboard retail kit with the 7mm SATA SSD and a notebook adapter that brings the drive to 9.5mm. Crucial BX100 solid state drives are available in 2.5″ SATA form factor only, as they’re intended for the mainstream market. Micron Technology offers the Crucial BX100 SSD series in four storage capacities: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. These models share the same part numbers with a capacity designation: CT500BX100SSD1 that represents the 500 GB model. At the time of this review, the Crucial BX100 SSD was available at these prices: $179.99: 500GB (Amazon | B&H | Newegg), $374.99: 1TB (Amazon | B&H | Newegg)
Using the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, these Crucial BX100 SSDs, all four models are specified to reach 535 MB/s sequential read speeds while the 500GB and 1TB capacity reaches 450 MB/s sequential write speeds.
Unlike fragile the older Hard Disk Drive (HDD) magnetic storage products, SSDs are not nearly as sensitive to impact damage and do not require (or benefit from) any kind of special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. Once installed the SSD is usually hidden away from view, which explains why the Crucial BX100 has maintained such a conservative appearance.
The Crucial BX100 SSD features a 7.0mm thick chassis that comes with a textured silver metal finish. Micron utilizes a standard two-piece metal enclosure for the Crucial BX100 SSD, with a series branding label at the top panel and product information label on the bottom. Internal components are revealed by removing four small counter-sunk screws located at the bottom of this solid state drive.
Standard 2.5″ drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled into the SSD chassis with fine screw threading, allowing this drive to fit directly into notebook computers that use SATA connections. For older notebooks that fit a 9.5mm drive, Micron has included a plastic adapter that fits atop BX100. The threaded mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my notebook computer, and after only a few minutes of upgrading I booted-up from a restored Windows Backup Image with ease.
Backwards compatible with SATA 1.5 GB/s and 3.0 GB/s interfaces, the SATA 6.0 GB/s Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller offers: TRIM support and active garbage collection for supported Operating Systems (such as Microsoft Windows 7/8), Microsoft eDrive compatibility, power loss protection, ECC (Error Correction Code), and basic Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) command set. All Crucial BX100 SSDs include an adaptive thermal monitoring and protection.
In the next few sections we’ll test the Crucial BX100 SSD, and compare this solid state drive to other retail products intended for notebook and desktop installations.