Model: Crucial MX300 1TB 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 additions to Crucial's line of solid state drives is the MX300. Powered by Marvell's 88SS1074B1 controller and available with up to 1050GB of Micron's 3D TLC NAND, this new mainstream SSD delivers 530MB/s read and 510MB/s write speeds for faster boot times, quicker application launches and better overall system performance. The MX300 also offers a long list of features including AES 256-bit encryption, thermal and power loss protection, TRIM support and active garbage collection. It also comes equipped with Crucial's Dyamic Write Acceleration technology, which uses an adaptable pool of high speed, single-level cell flash memory to enable faster saves and file transfers. Last, but not least, the MX300 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 MX300 is available in 275GB, 525GB, 750GB and 1050GB capacities. For this review, Crucial sent us the 1050GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 530 MB/s sequential read and 510 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 92,000 random read and 83,000 random write IOPS.

   Crucial MX300 1TB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number CT1050MX300SSD1
Capacity 1050GB
Flash Type Micron 3D TLC NAND
Controller Marvell 88SS1074B1
Form Factor 2.5-inch, Ultra-slim 7mm
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 530 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 510 MB/s Max
Random Read 92,000 IOPS
Random Write 83,000 IOPS

MTBF 1.5 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 360TB

Temperature (Operating) 0 ºC to 70 ºC

Other Features
Dynamic Write Acceleration
Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN)
Multistep Data Integrity Algorithm
Adaptive Thermal Protection
Power Loss Protection
Data Path Protection
Active Garbage Collection
TRIM Support
Self-Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART)
Error Correction Code (ECC)
Device Sleep Support
AES 256-bit encryption
TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 compliant
Compatible with Microsoft eDrive
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 MX300 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 MX300 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.

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