Model: Crucial BX200 480GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Crucial
Provided By: Crucial

Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc., one of the largest memory and flash storage manufacturers in the world. The company's product lineup includes award-winning solid state drives (SSDs) and computer memory upgrades (DRAM) for more than 50,000 systems. These products have been qualified and approved by major original equipment manufacturers and every single module has been rigorously tested at the component and module level. Each SSD also undergoes over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing and hundreds of qualification tests to ensure optimal reliability and performance.

The latest addition to Crucial's line of solid state drives is the BX200. Aimed at the budget-conscious consumer looking to upgrade to an SSD, the BX200 offers substantial yet affordable performance gains compared to a standard hard drive. Powered by Silicon Motion's SM2256 controller and available with up to 960GB of Micron's 16nm TLC NAND, the drive delivers true 540 MB/s sequential reads on both compressible and incompressible data for faster boot up speeds and shorter application load times. The BX200 is also 40 times more energy efficient than a typical hard drive, allowing users to run their systems longer, using less power.

The BX200 is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. For this review, Crucial sent us the 480GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 540 MB/s sequential read and 490 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 66,000 random read and 78,000 random write IOPS.

   Crucial BX200 480GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number CT480BX200SSD1
Capacity 480GB
Flash Type Micron 16nm TLC NAND
Controller Silicon Motion SM2256
Form Factor 2.5-inch, Ultra-slim 7mm
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 540 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 490 MB/s Max
Random Read 66,000 IOPS
Random Write 78,000 IOPS

MTBF 1.5 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 72TB

Temperature (Operating) 0 ºC to 70 ºC

Other Features
Multistep Data Integrity Algorithm
Thermal Monitoring
SLC Write Acceleration
Data Path Protection
Active Garbage Collection
TRIM Support
Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART)
Error Correction Code (ECC)
Device Sleep extreme low power mode (DEVSLP)
Includes 7mm to 9.5mm spacer and data migration software key
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the BX200 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Crucial's new SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the BX200 have what it takes? Is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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