Overall Score 4  

Introduction

Crucial have just released the latest in their MX range, the MX300. The MX300 uses Micron 3D NAND, which Crucial are calling the most advanced storage technology they’ve had in an SSD. Crucial also plan more to come later this year with the technology seen in the MX300 release, including additional capacities and form factors. Micron and Crucial what you could call integrated partners, so this release is fresh on the development cycle between the two brands. We have the 750Gb Limited edition SSD to review today, and if you are wondering why this is a Limited Edition, it’s actually a limited run to showcase the technology coming from Crucial later this year, something that Crucial were eager to debut.

So what’s the main difference? Recently Micron launched their 3D NAND technology and this included information on the MX300 which was scheduled to use 3D TLC NAND, well it’s here and it does.

This is the main feature point of the MX300 series, to be more exact, the 750Gb Limited Edition uses 8x DDP’s of 384Gb Micron 3D TLC NAND. The MX300 Series also includes many of the standard high end SSD features, including encryption types, Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN), Dynamic Write Acceleration, TRIM Support, ECC, SMART, Adaptive thermal protection and Device Sleep Support.

The Crucial MX300 is also expected to last. The 750Gb model reviewed here states 220TB Total Bytes Written (TBW), equal to 120GB per day for 5 years and a life expectancy (MTTF) of 1.5 million hours.

Crucial say the key benefits are more space, better performance and reduced power consumption.

This is representing the next step for Micron and Crucial and with the release of the MX300 they are lining up the market for a good second half of 2016 with a number of 3D TLC NAND products that go a little further than Crucial’s and Micron’s legacy options. We have the Crucial MX300 Limited Edition 750Gb SSD on review today, let’s get on with it.

Specification

MX300MX200MX100
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/s500 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
CapacityTBC*250GB/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
Warranty3 Years3 Years3 Years

Product Shots

Included in the box is a 7-to-9.5mm adapter bracket, Acronis True Image HD software certificate for free data transfer and that is it.

The latter is something welcome for system builders or if you are replacing your drive and you don’t want to install your operating system again after you have installed the drive. The branding is a little different from a colour scheme point of view, but most will recognise the Crucial theme.

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