Storage can be one of the biggest headaches when building a new PC, or, even just trying to update a current one. There are so many options, from normal hard drives (HDD), to solid state drives (SSD) and even solid state hybrid drives (SSHD). Back 10-20 years ago, users could just decide on the size they wanted, most likely based around their budget and purchase a drive no problem. Now, in 2015, there are so many options available that users have to really think about what they will use the drive for, to try and figure out how much space they will need and if the need blazing fast speeds of an SSD or if they can manage with a normal HDD.
SSDs are becoming more and more popular, especially as the price is starting to come down a bit on them. When I first purchased an SSD, I got a 128GB drive for £105. Now, you can get a 500GB drive for not much more than that. SSDs are vastly improving users experiences on computers with their blazing fast speeds, which, in turn, allow users to complete their tasks quicker and easier than ever before. SSDs can severely improve operating system loading times, game loading times and can even help speed up everyday programs that users may frequently use.
Today I will be taking a look at the 500GB model of the BX100 from the folks over at Crucial. The BX100 is a standard sized 2.5″ SSD that features an SATA 3, 6.0Gb/s connection and is designed to be used with most laptops and computers. The 500GB model of the BX 100 features a read speed of 535MB/s and a write speed of 450 MB/s, according to its specifications. One thing to take note of, depending on the size of the SSD you buy, the read/write speeds may be different. In most cases, larger drives will have the better speeds, just something to look out for on your next purchase.
Taking a quick look at the packaging and there really is not a whole lot to see. On the front of the box, there is an image of the BX100 SSD, which follows suit in Crucial’s line of SSDs as far as looks go. Onto the back of the box, we can see the box contents and, it also lets us know in various languages if we need to find the install guide and warranty information to visit www.crucial.com/.support/ssd. When opening the box, users will find the SSD comes in an anti-static, ESD protecting packaging.