Solid-state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
If you want to have the fastest storage solution in an operating system environment, you need to be running a properly configured RAID 0 SATA based array.
In our opinion, Crucial has a winner in the MX200. Overall Crucial has managed to increase performance over that of the drive it is slated to replace (the MX100), while maintaining the extreme value that the MX100 is renowned for. Let's talk for a moment about what we liked and disliked about the MX200.
What we disliked: This is going to be a short list. Like the MX100, the MX200 falls short when reading random data at high queue depths. In reality, this is not much of an issue because it is only going to matter in a corner case scenario that consumers and enthusiasts will likely never encounter. We also were a little disappointed with the drives performance in our heavy model workload testing and we would like to see a 5 year warranty instead of a 3 year warranty, especially when you consider the massive TBW rating the MX200 has.
What we liked: There is a whole lot to like about the MX200. We loved the MX200's class leading 4K QD1 random write performance. Throughout our testing, the MX200 set lab records in this all-important performance metric. Even more than that, we were blown away by the MX200's superior transfer rate performance, where it left the competition in the dust. We like that the MX200, like its predecessor is constructed from premium components, and that Crucial outfitted the MX200 what we feel is one of the very best flash processors on the market. Crucial's MX series is the only drive in its class to have host power-loss protection. In addition, while we see drives in its price range trending towards inferior TLC NAND, the MX200 has premium MLC flash which makes it inherently superior to drives with TLC flash. We also liked the increased endurance rating.
I highly recommend Crucial's latest SSD. It is in my opinion the best bang for the buck on the market. Although the MX200 is offered as a mid-range piece of hardware in terms of performance, make no mistake, Crucial's MX200 is one of the fastest drives ever made. The MX200's price and performance make it a must have.
RAIDing two or more drives together provides you with storage that takes performance to the next level and is something I recommend you try. Think of it as the SLI of storage. Once you go RAID, there's no going back!
PRICING: You can find Crucial's MX200 (500GB) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Crucial's MX200 500GB retails for $209.99 USD at Amazon USA.
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