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Crucial MX200 SSD Review

Crucial MX200 SSD Review

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Last week we tested Crucials new value orientated SSD, the BX100. Today its the turn of their mainstream model. This is our Crucial MX200 SSD Review.

Crucial MX200 SSD Review – Packaging and Bundle

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There are no surprises when it comes to the packaging used by Crucial. The MX200 matches their other SSDs. The same can be said of the internal aspects which are a plastic tray which holds the SSD, which is also wrapped in an anti-static bag. Bundled with the MX200 we get a bumper which can be attached to the drive increasing its thickness to 9mm and a copy of Acronis True Image. This allows us to migrate our existing operating system (and files) from our current drive to the MX200 without needing to completely re-install. To assist us in monitoring and maintaining our drive (such as firmware updates) Crucial also provide a free download of Storage Executive.

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Crucial MX200 SSD Review – The Drive

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The metal casing used on the MX200 feels great in the hand. It is nice and smooth using a clamp based chassis with no screws present and to the top and bottom Crucial apply their branding stickers. As expected a SATA 3 (6GB/s) connector sits on the end as does the power input. The drive has a 7mm thickness and is a 2.5? form factor model. MSATA and M.2 variants are also available.

Inside, mounted on the full length green PCB, we find Micron MLC NAND, 16 chips on the 1TB and 8 on the 250GB drive. The 512mb cache (1TBmodel, the 250GB has 256MB) is also provided by Micron (Crucials parent company) and our controller is the Marvell 9189. This is the same controller as we previously saw on Crucial drives, including the MX100 and performance for all models is 555MB/s read, 500MB/s write. IOPS across the range are rated at 100k/87k.

Medical Personal Statement Service Making an appearance on this drive (250GB) is Dynamic Write Acceleration which helps maximise performance by providing a pool of SLC memory to help throughput. On the Higher capacity drives this is less of an issue due to the parallelism offered by the components. Adaptive Thermal Protection monitors the drive use/performance and balances component activity to ensure low temperatures and extended lifespan. Improving the features further we have RAIN which works in a similar way to RAID within the drive to safeguard data and from a security point of view we also have AES 256bit (as well as eDrive, IEEE-1667 and TCG Opal 2.0)

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Crucial MX200 SSD Review – Performance

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Crucial MX200 SSD Review – Conclusion

For anyone who has used, or read about, the MX100 there isnt a lot which will immediately jump out between it and the MX200. Same mix of Crucial/Micron and Marvell components, nice casing, same software solution, in house firmware etc. Where we see more of a difference is between this and the BX100 which has an alternate controller and specifications/features which allow it to hit a lower price point. The MX series revision that we have here is about reliability (and a bit more performance) with this family now having some excellent figures for daily and total data written. The warranty is the same though on both drives, 3 years.

In terms of the performance figures, the MX200 is able to outperform or at least be competitive with value and mainstream drives from the competition as well as the BX100 across the range of tests we use. Most of all though we were interested to see what the 250GB vs 1TB MX200 comparison would show due to the 250GB potentially needing the Dynamic Write Access feature. Overall though, and the reason for only showing 2 of the 250GB results, there was little to separate the two capacities. Maybe a second here and there on file copy tests, or minor peak performance changes in atto but everything else offered essentially identical performance.

Summary:
A solid mainstream drive which offers good SATA 3 performance mixed with good reliability features (and specifications).

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2 Comments

  1. |2A|N

    I have the M.2 version of this Crucial MX200 SSD in my Alienware 17 R2 rig and it rocks. I also replaced the original HD with the Samsung 850 EVO in this laptop as well and it’s great to. Nice Review!

  2. Paul

    I was rather disapointed to find that crucial is no longer packaging
    this drive in a anti-static bag. I recently was building a computer for a
    customer and the drive was in same box with no anti-static bag. I
    thought at first maybe I received a drive that was return or a goof up
    on Crucial’s end. The drive was defective. (really don’t want to get
    into as not point of my comment. ) I called up Crucial and talked to
    their tech support apparently it was a decision from the higher ups not
    to package the drives in a anti-static bag anymore. First time ive ever
    gotten a defective Crucial SSD and I am sure the decision of not adding
    the extra protection is to blame. Really sad and I dont understand why
    they are trying to go so cheap on the packaging. anti-static bags are
    cheap.

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