Crucial BX200 480GB SSD Review

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Conclusion

I think it’s safe to say that the Crucial BX200 480GB SSD has quite a lot going for it when you consider the overall package and all sides to the story. On the one hand, you have a drive which isn’t only just competitively priced, but offers a large 480GB (for an SSD) capacity for a solid price; under £100 for a 480GB SSD was a huge talking point last year during the black Friday sales of 2015, let alone a base line price at the beginning of 2016. It also performs very well consistently coming within the top 25% of drives tested throughout our testing suite. It even goes as far as comfortably beating Crucial’s own previous generation of the BX, the BX100 on all the benchmarks it was ran on.

Although performance is always relative to the intended purpose, I feel that given the price, the BX200 480GB drive does enough to satisfy me personally. Of course everyone has their own set of peramiters to judge performance on and although the BX200 doesn’t produce top tier figures, this isn’t a drive aimed at the upper echelon of drives. With 16nm Micron TLC NAND and a SM 2256 controller armed with a 512MB cache, it does have a lot going for it overall and as we have previously stated, there is better out there, but the overall target of this particular model is the budget end of the market.

Factoring in the price, the BX200 480GB drive is probably the best value drive for performance per GB that we have tested thus far at Play3r so giving it the value award would seem the obvious choice. Although performance could have been a little bit better for such a large drive, it doesn’t underperform which is the key point here. For £99.99 or $129.99 and a 3 year warranty, the BX200 480GB SSD clearly deserves as much respect as it demands and it’s easy to see why Crucial are one of the top companies in the industry.

When you consider all the components which make a great SSD, the Crucial BX200 has it all and the 480GB version is certainly no exception to this. With a strong overall showing in performance, value and design, I am happy to award the Crucial BX200 480GB SSD with our Silver award; good stuff Crucial!

Huge thanks to Crucial for sending the BX200 480GB SSD in for review.

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Summary

Pros:

– Decent performance across the board
– Looks great (for an SSD)
– 3 year limited warranty
– Exceptional value for money (480GB version)
– Notable improvement over previous BX100 SSDs

Cons:

– A lot of competitive alternatives for not much more money

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    • Micron (Crucial) produce their own memory, only use the most reliable memory controllers such as Marvell and their performance levels are generally consistent performers; even among their budget range

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