Model: Crucial MX200 500GB Solid State Drive
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.
Earlier this year, Crucial introduced two new consumer-oriented SSDs. Along with the fast, yet affordable BX100, the company launched its latest mainstream SSD, the MX200. Powered by Marvell's 88SS9189 controller and available with up to 1TB of Micron's 16nm 128gb NAND, the drive delivers 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write speeds on both compressible and incompressible data. The MX200 also offers a long list of features including AES 256-bit encryption, thermal and power loss protection, TRIM support and active garbage collection. The drive is also equipped with Crucial's new Dyamic Write Acceleration technology, which uses an adaptable pool of high speed, single-level cell flash memory to enable faster saves and file transfers. Additionally, it uses technologies like Data Defense and Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN) to increase security and protection of data to a level that’s not typically found in consumer-class SSDs.
The MX200 is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities. For this review, Crucial sent us the 500GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 555 MB/s sequential read and 500 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 100,000 random read and 87,000 random write IOPS.
|Crucial MX200 500GB Solid State Drive|
Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the MX200 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 MX200 have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Crucial? Keep reading as we find out.