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Crucial BX100 SSD Review

Crucial BX100 SSD Review

Recently Crucial announced their latest range of value SSDs, the BX100 series. Designed to offer high capacity, decent performance and a competitive price today we test two of the models in our Crucial BX100 SSD Review.

Crucial BX100 SSD Review – The Drive


Crucial go with some familiar packaging design on the BX100 and give us a nice clear image of the drive along with its capacity. Inside the drive us surrounded by plastic, wrapped in an anti-static bag and bundled with a bumper which increases the drive size to better suit 9.5mm bays.

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With their latest drives Crucial have tweaked the casing a little. This is a clamp based chassis with no screws present and to the top and bottom Crucial apply their branding stickers. 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.

Inside, mounted on the full length green PCB, we find Micron MLC NAND, 8 chips on the 500Gb and 16 (8 front, 8 back) on the 1TB drive. The 512mb cache used here is also provided by Micron (Crucials parent company) and our controller is the Silicon Motion SM2246EN. This is the first time in quite a while that Crucial have not used one of Marvell’s SSD controllers. There are four models in the BX family currently, 120gb, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB and the performance for all models is 535MB/s read. Write speed varies with the 120GB hitting 185MB/s, 250GB peaking at 370MB/s and the 500/1TB models offering 450MB/s. IOPS (500GB/1TB) are rated at 90k/87k.

All of the standard features we would expect from a value orientated SSD are present, such as TRIM, Garbage collection, temperature monitoring and SMART Support. Crucial provide no software with the drive and it has a 3-year warranty (MTTF 1.5m hours, 72TB or 40GB per day for 5 years). Finally, the 500GB model has a formated size of 465GB and the 1TB model provides us with 931GB when formatted in Windows.

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Crucial BX100 SSD Review – Performance

Key Test Specifications: Intel Core i7-4790K, Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5, 4x4GB DDR3-2666, Windows 8.1 64Bit.


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BlackMagic HD Video Benchmark:

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File Copy Tests:

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Windows Load Time:

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Battlefield 4 Map Load:

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Crucial BX100 SSD Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the BX100 we have a series of drives which arrive with nice metal casing which feels solid. Inside Crucial have stuck with their own Micron parts for cache and NAND which is ideal and the controller used here is fairly well established having been used on other drives for a while. Firmware updates, should the be needed, will be available to download which is good however a monitoring application, maybe with the ability to secure erase and force a TRIM command would be nice to have.

In terms of performance there is little to fault here really. The BX100 offers good performance for its class and results across a range of tests showed there were no significant weak areas. HD video work was solid, peak speeds as advertised and general OS use nice and responsive. Essentially this is a drive which balances decent performance, good build quality and a competitive price. Nice and simple, just as it should be.

Value Award

Available from Crucial.

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Stuart Davidson

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