The MX100 comes in a small, blue box. While there aren't a lot of technical details, the front and back of the box show the drive from a few different angles and provide information like the capacity and a list of the box's contents. Inside, you'll find the SSD, a mounting spacer for use with traditional 9.5mm drive bays, and a small piece of paper with a software activation key for Acronis True Image HD. If you're looking for an install guide or warranty information, you will need to visit Crucial's support website.

Physical Features:

The MX100 looks very similar to Crucial's other 2.5-inch SSDs. The outer casing is made entirely out of aluminum and is covered by a grey, textured finish. The top of the drive also has a large, blue and gray sticker showing that it is part of Crucial's MX series.

Like Crucial's M550 SSD, the MX100 uses Marvell's 88SS9189 controller. This successor to the popular 88SS9187 offers a handful of improvements including LPDDR memory support and enhanced power management during sleep mode (DevSleep).

For the 256GB version of the MX100, Crucial opted to use Micron's 16nm MLC NAND flash. Looking at the picture above, you can see that there are eight 128Gb NAND flash packages on either side of the PCB. The drive also has a 512MB Micron DDR3 memory chip that is used for caching.