Introduction & Closer Look
We have seen many storage and memory based products from Crucial over the last few years but none have peaked our interest as much as what we’re taking a look at today. The Crucial MX300 is the latest from memory manufacturer Micron, of which Crucial is a leading division of their consumer driven product range. Crucial has released multiple sized options for their latest MX300 range which includes 275GB, 525GB, 750GB and 1050GB models. The reason they are aptly different in size compared to all other drives on the market such as 240GB/500GB/1TB, is that Crucial uses 384Gb TLC NAND as opposed to the most common 256Gb NAND on the market. This gives the new MX300 SSDs higher raw density than the rest of the drives available, which Crucial have actually prioritised as well as performance, naturally!
The MX300 SSDs themselves follow Crucial’s regularly seen design of silver with a blue sticker. This has been a predominant factor throughout all of the recent Crucial SSDs and if you had one from each class, you would be hard pushed to tell them apart.
On the rear of the MX300 SSD, we have the white label containing information such as the model number, the capacity (1050GB in this case), the serial number and of course all the regular safety and manufacturing compliance details.
Crucial have equipped the MX300 with a Marvell controller and a SATA III 6Gbs interface; a nice combination alongside the Micron DRAM and Crucial’s new 3D NAND packs. Crucial have gone all out with the MX300 in terms of efficiency with the 3D TLC architecture it uses, which is of course new for Crucial. This should make for some interesting testing and hopefully it will see some nice performance gains over previous generations.
Crucial have also added RAIN support onto the MX300 line up which works slightly different to RAID; RAIN stores parts of data on different parts of the SSD itself which should theoretically prevent files from bit decay. Bit decay is when a storage drive matures and slowly deteriorates which not only affects the performance of the drive, but also the integrity of the data storage. Also featured is AES 256 bit encryption and write speed acceleration.
With the Crucial MX300 1050GB drive (and all the others), you get a spacer for notebooks/systems which don’t natively fit 7.5mm drives in snug and a code to Acronis True Image HD; good guy Crucial!