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Crucial MX100 512GB 3-Drive SSD RAID Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 3:11 am

Drive Details - Crucial MX100 512GB SSD

 

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Crucial packages their MX100 in an attractive blue and silver flip-top box. There is a picture of the drive on the top of the box.

 

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The rear of the box lists the contents, although there is no mention of the included Acronis migration software.

 

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The MX100 512GB ships with a download key for Acronis migration software, and a 7mm to 9.5mm black plastic spacer.

 

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The top of the drive's enclosure is formed from a piece of sheet aluminum. A manufacturer's sticker lists the drive's capacity, shipping firmware, model number, serial number, and other relevant information.

 

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The bottom and sides of the drive's enclosure are formed from a single piece of cast aluminum. There is an attractive blue sticker centered on the bottom face of the drive's enclosure.

 

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Here's what Crucial's MX100 512GB SSD looks like completely disassembled. There is a thermally conductive pad to wick heat from the drive's controller and DRAM package into the thick cast aluminum half of the drive's enclosure.

 

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On this side of the PCB there are eight Micron branded 16nm BGA NAND packages, one DRAM package, a row of small capacitors providing host power-loss protection, and Marvell's newest 88SS9189 Flash Processor.

 

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There are an additional eight NAND packages on the opposite side of the PCB.

 

 

Test System Setup

 

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- Array Properties

 

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The majority of our testing is performed with our test drive/array as our boot volume. Our boot volume is 75% full for all OS Disk "C" drive testing to replicate a typical consumer OS volume implementation. We are using 64k stripes for our all our three-drive arrays.

 

Cstates and Speed stepping are both disabled in our systems BIOS; High Performance power plan is enabled in Windows, Write-back caching is enabled via Intel's RST control panel, and Windows buffer flushing is disabled. We are utilizing Windows 8.1 64-bit for all of our testing.

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