Model: Crucial BX100 500GB 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.

One of the latest additions to Crucial's line of solid state drives is the BX100. Aimed at the budget-conscious consumer looking to upgrade their system to an SSD, the BX100 offers substantial yet affordable performance gains. Powered by Silicon Motion's SM2246EN controller and available with up to 1TB of Micron's 16nm 128gb NAND, the drive delivers true 535 MB/s sequential reads on both compressible and incompressible data for faster boot up speeds and shorter application load times. Also, with Crucial's Extreme Energy Efficiency technology, the BX100 is two times more energy efficient than a typical hard drive, allowing users to run their systems longer, using less power.

The BX100 is available in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities. For this review, Crucial sent us the 500GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 535 MB/s sequential read and 450 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 90,000 random read and 70,000 random write IOPS.

   Crucial BX100 500GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number CT500BX100SSD1
Capacity 500GB
Flash Type Micron 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND
Controller Silicon Motion SM2246EN
Form Factor 2.5-inch, Ultra-slim 7mm
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 535 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 450 MB/s Max
Random Read 90,000 IOPS
Random Write 70,000 IOPS

MTBF 1.5 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 72TB

Temperature (Operating) 0 ºC to 70 ºC

Other Features
Thermal Monitoring
Data Path Protection
Active Garbage Collection
TRIM Support
Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART)
Error Correction Code (ECC)
Includes mounting spacer for 9.5mm applications
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the BX100 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 BX100 have what it takes? Is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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