There are times when we go overboard on the technology, and the performance benchmarks. When it comes to the MX100 512GB, I don't think the benchmarks are as important as some of the other key factors. On the technology side, I don't think many users really care about AES 256-bit encryption, RAIN, or even the new 16nm flash. When it comes to the MX100, most users looking at this drive care about the price, the reliability, and to a degree, the performance, but mainly in a "good enough" sort of way.
With that in mind: where does the MX100 fall? Looking over the list, the drive is less than 50 cents per GB. Unless you are waiting to see one quarter per gig, or something truly ridiculous, then this is a really good spot till until Flash Forward (Toshiba / SanDisk) delivers TLC NAND. Even then, it's hard to imagine prices getting better than this in 2014.
The MX100 is also reliable, and comes from a company with a long history of making solid SSDs. Crucial ranks up there with Intel and SanDisk in that department. Every SSD manufacturer has stumbled at one time or another, but it's been awhile since Crucial had to scramble to fix an issue.
Last on the list of what I think most buyers in the value category are looking for, is performance. This is somewhat tricky, since SSDs have always been about being the best and the fastest. In the value category, you don't need to run at Ferrari speeds, you only need to beat a Yugo by a sizable margin. It doesn't take much for flash to outperform a mechanical disk drive. Flash latencies are nearly instant, and are measured in microseconds, while HDDs spend more time positioning to get the data than a SSD takes to deliver it. It was called "flash" for a reason; the data is accessible in a flash.
I think Crucial hit all of the marks for the true value side of the market with the MX100, but I also think they did a little better than that with the 512GB MX100 model. Given the size of games these days, adding large capacity drives in pairs to increase performance and capacity is always a good option. If you want to use more than two drives, then you have to consider performance consistency, since latency is multiplied.
However, two MX100s in RAID 0 on an Intel chipset is a very nice way to get over 1,000 MB/s sequential performance for stating games, and it delivers 1TB of capacity. Games are getting into the 30+ gigabyte area now, and they aren't using that much space to just fill up your drive. That data has to be read back to start, or while playing the game. The MX100 512GB has such an attractive price point that enthusiasts can consider RAID 0 with two drives as an option. Add in Crucial's reliability, and we can recommend the MX100 to go into your high performance PC just as easily as we can recommend it for your mom's daily status updater.
PRICING: You can find the Crucial MX100 SSD 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.
Canada: The Crucial MX100 128GB SSD retails for CDN$79.99 at Amazon Canada, the Crucial MX100 256GB SSD retails for CDN$180.34 at Amazon Canada, and the Crucial MX100 512GB SSD retails for CDN$224.99 at Amazon Canada.
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