Model: Crucial MX200 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.

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
General Specifications
Part Number CT500MX200SSD1
Capacity 500GB
Flash Type Micron 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND
Controller Marvell 88SS9189
Form Factor 2.5-inch, Ultra-slim 7mm
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 555 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 500 MB/s Max
Random Read 100,000 IOPS
Random Write 87,000 IOPS

MTBF 1.5 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 160TB

Temperature (Operating) 0 ºC to 70 ºC

Other Features
Dynamic Write Acceleration
Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN)
Exclusive Data Defense
Adaptive Thermal Protection
Power Loss Protection
Data Path Protection
Active Garbage Collection
TRIM Support
Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART)
Error Correction Code (ECC)
AES 256-bit encryption
TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 compliant
Compatible with Microsoft eDrive
Includes mounting spacer for 9.5mm applications
Three year warranty

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.

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