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Crucial MX200 500GB 3-Drive SSD RAID Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 2:10 pm

Final Thoughts

 

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As a single drive, the MX200 is right on the heels of Samsung's 850 Pro. The tables turn in an array with an MX200 array delivering better all-around performance than an 850 Pro array. Whether it's a moderate or heavy workload, an MX200 array is hard to beat. When you factor in pricing, an MX200 array is in our opinion the best bang for the buck SATA array available right now. We say this with one caveat; we don't know how well a comparative 3-drive 850 EVO array performs. However, we suspect an MX200 array will deliver better heavy workload performance in a steady state.

 

We like the fact that the Crucial's MX200 is selling in the same price range as most TLC based SSD's. Enough time has not passed yet to levy a verdict on Samsung's 3D TLC flash. Will issues arise as we saw from the 840 EVO? We don't think so, but at this point, we feel there is no definitive answer.

 

Micron's 16nm MLC flash is a known entity and has stood the test of time. We know it is both fast and durable, so at this point we give the nod to Micron MLC over Samsung TLC in an array where heavy workloads are standard fare.

 

Because we perform most of our evaluations with the test subject running as our boot volume, we can comment on how the drives performed with our OS. As you might expect, our 3-drive MX200 array performs exceptionally well as our OS disk. It is noticeably faster than lesser arrays. Boots are lightning quick, much faster than a single drive. File transfer rates are better than any 3-drive array we've ever used. Programs launch instantaneously and multitasking performance is phenomenal. Overall, our experience with a 3-drive MX200 array as our OS disk has been very satisfying.

 

Pros:

 

  • High Performance in Steady-State
  • 4-Layer Data Protection
  • MLC Flash

 

Cons:

 

  • Average Random Read Performance

 

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!

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