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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jul 21, 2014 8:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Crucial

Futuremark PCMark 8 Extended - Consistency Test

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.228

 

Heavy Usage Model:

 

FutureMark's PCMark 8 allows us to wear the test drive down to a reasonable consumer steady state and then watch the drive recover on its own through garbage collection. To do that, the drive gets pushed down to steady state with random writes and then idle time between a number of tests allows the drive to recover.

 

Precondition Phase:

1. Write to the drive sequentially through up to the reported capacity with random data.

2. Write the drive through a second time (to take care of overprovisioning).

 

Degradation Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 10 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 1 and 2 for 8 times, and on each pass increase the duration of random writes by 5 minutes.

 

Steady state Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 50 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 1 and 2 for 5 times.

 

Recovery Phase:

1. Idle for 5 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 1 and 2 for 5 times.

 

Storage Bandwidth

 

PCMark 8's Consistency test provides a ton of data output that we use to judge a drive's performance. Here we see the three states of performance for the select SSDs, light use, consumer steady state and worst case.

 

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On this chart, we have a handful of other mainstream SSDs currently on the market - Corsair's Force LX, Transcend's SSD 340, Plextor's M6S, SanDisk's Ultra Plus and PNY's Optima (Silicon Motion version). The MX100 does well here under light use, but performance drops off rapidly as the drive moves into consumer steady state.

 

 

Storage Bandwidth All Tests

 

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Here we see all of the test stages as the drives start out in worst-case conditions and performance comes back through internal garbage collection and idle time. The MX100 is the orange line on the chart (click to enlarge) and does reasonable well for a low-cost SSD.

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