Overall Score 4.1  

Introduction

Crucial are releasing a lot of MX300 SSD including the recent 525Gb and 2TB versions. There’s also an M.2 version in the range as previously promised. If you can’t stretch to a 2Tb SSD and want a little more than the 525GB then we also have the 1TB model, which we have for review today. The Model is badged 1050MB on the box but it’s the 1TB model.

We’ve seen the MX300 range for most of 2016 now, so there’s nothing new there other than the previously mentioned M.2 models. There’s been a couple of firmware updates for the MX300 and other models in the crucial range, so the Crucial engineers are still hard at work ensuring their current model ranges are optimised and reliable. So, what’s the wow factor? Well it must be the new capacities coming from the MX300 range now, the 1TB and 2TB models. We know what we want, it’s always more, more and more storage, especially from an SSD, but if you are unsure, Crucial have an online help tool/guide to assist with your decision.

You have probably heard it all before, but these sizes for SSD’s are still the stuff of dreams despite a few of them creeping on to the market. We have 4TB WD Red’s in our Home Server in various RAID setups because they were the biggest HDD you could buy at the time. Of course you get the larger sizes now, but it shows that the head start that mechanical storage had over solid state storage is shrinking. We are only about 12 months away from mainstream 4TB SSDs, as every generation of SSD controller and industry advancement seems to be on a yearly cycle.

Specification   
ModelMX300MX200MX100
Form Factor2.5-inch internal SSD2.5-inch internal SSD2.5-inch internal SSD
ControllerMarvell 88SS1074-BSW2Marvell 88SS9189-BLD2Marvell 88SS9189
Sequential Read530 MB/s555 MB/s550 MB/s
Sequential Write510 MB/s
(275GB 500 MB/s)
500 MB/s500 MB/s
EncryptionAES 256-bit encryption
TCG Opal 2.0-compliant
IEEE-1667-compliant
Compatible with Microsoft eDrive
AES 256-bit encryption
TCG Opal 2.0-compliant
IEEE-1667-compliant
Compatible with Microsoft eDrive
AES 256-bit encryption
TCG Opal 2.0-compliant
IEEE-1667-compliant
Compatible with Microsoft eDrive
NANDMicron 16nm 384Gbit 32-layer 3D TLCMicron 16nm 128Gbit MLCMicron 16nm/20nm 128Gbit MLC
NAND Packages48GB64GB16GB
Onboard Cache512MB LPDDR3512MB LPDDR2512MB LPDDR2
Active Power Consumption75mW 150mW 150mW
Capacity275GB/ 525GB/ 1TB/ 2TB250GB/ 500GB/ 1TB128GB/ 256GB/ 512GB
InterfaceSATA 6Gb/s, compatible with all older SATA interfacesSATA 6Gb/s, compatible with all older SATA interfacesSATA 6Gb/s, compatible with all older SATA interfaces
WarrantyLimited 3-yearLimited 3-yearLimited 3-year

Crucial are using Micron’s new 3D TLC, some of the highest density flash currently available. The MX300 still sports the current standard in encryption, AES 256-bit encryption. It also provides Multistep Data Integrity Algorithm, Dynamic Write Acceleration, Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN) and Device Sleep Support (DEVSLP) features, to name a few.

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