[section_title title=”Introduction”]Introduction

The SSD market has been a fairly crazy one over the past year or so as many users associated the word SSD with expensive.  This however isn’t the case anymore and one company who greatly attributed to that “crash in the price” is of course Crucial.  The consumers dream and competitors nightmare, Crucial released drives such as the MX500 range which, of course, had a huge impact on the global market offering performance with a lower price tag than most brands.  Of course, other “companies” followed suit cutting their prices, but Crucial kept on with the crusade to give consumers exactly what they wanted; quality at a low cost.

Crucial themselves or otherwise known as “Micron” are no stranger to the world of NAND and DRAM technology; they are currently one of the global leaders in the industry with a revenue of $14 billion.  Add the fact that they were the first to produce a consumer level SATA3 (6GB/s) SSD, they clearly have made a powerful impact in the eyes of consumers; one some companies could only dream of achieving.

As, of course, you already know, I have the Crucial MX100 256GB SSD on my test bench awaiting to go through our Play3r testing methods.  This is one of the latest drives from Crucial and features a reliable Marvel controller with Micron 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND for reliable and high performance.  This drive has touted speeds of 550MB/s read and 330MB/s but what will the rated speeds from Crucial equate to in our benchmarks?  Only one way to find out, let’s get testing but first let’s take a look at the MX100 256GB SSD itself…



Manufacturer: Crucial Write: 330 MB/s
Capacity: 256GB DRAM Cache Memory: N/A
Edition: MX100 Random Read 4K: 85000 IOPS
Form Factor: 2.5″ Random Write 4K: 70000 IOPS
Height: 7 mm Power Consumption (active):
Controller: Marvell Connectivity: 1 x SATA III – 6Gb/s
Flash Memory Type: MLC-Flash Package Type: Retail
Read: 550 MB/s


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