Overall Score 4.1  

Introduction

We’ve reviewed most of Crucial’s SSD product line over the years and it’s given us some good insight into their market placement and development. We have recently reviewed the MX300 1Tb SSD, effectively the third generation of their MX series, and it gave a good score and representation of Crucial. Now we are on to the third generation of the BX series, the BX300, which was released recently.

We have had the BX300 480Gb on the test bench for a while, so we have had a good run of its performance. With 2018 just starting off, we are going to see a lot of offers tempting you into your next SSD upgrade, let’s find out if the Crucial BX300 is going to be one of them.

Specification   
BX300 480GbBX200 480GbBX100 500Gb
Form Factor2.5-inch internal SSD2.5-inch internal SSD2.5-inch internal SSD
ControllerSilicon Motion SM2258XTSilicon Motion SM2256 w/ Custom FirmwareSilicon Motion SM2246EN
Sequential Read555 MB/s540 MB/s535 MB/s
Sequential Write510 MB/s490 MB/s450 MB/s
EncryptionNANANA
NANDMicron 16nm 256Gbit 32-layer 3D MLCMicron 16nm 128Gbit TLCMicron 16nm 128Gbit MLC
NAND Packages8/64GB8/64GB8/64GB
Onboard DDR3 Cache512MB (480GB)512MB512MB
Capacity120GB/240GB/480GB240GB/480GB/960GB120GB/250GB/500GB/1TB
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

The new BX300 uses Micron’s first-generation 3D MLC flash, an entry-level BX series with 3D MLC. Despite supporting features such as encryption, Crucial have not included support for this, not uncommon in lower price point products. Noticeably absent from the BX300 range is a 1TB model, hopefully coming in the near future.

Strangely, the range includes a 120Gb model most likely targeted at the laptop market, for anyone looking for a quick and effective upgrade.

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