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Crucial MX100 512GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 2:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Crucial

Crucial MX100 256GB SSD




Crucial's retail package hasn't changed much over the years. The MX100 ships in a slim box with most of the useful information on the back.






The retail package includes a 7mm to 9.5mm adapter, and an activation key for Acronis True Image HD.




Crucial puts the "pretty" label on the bottom of the drive.




The data label is on what we would normally call the top of the drive. The label lists the model, serial and part numbers, as well as the firmware shipped on the drive.




The MX100 uses a 7mm z-height case, so it fits in many new Ultrabooks that require ultra-thin drives.






Inside we found a Marvell controller, Micron DRAM, and Micron NAND flash.




The controller is a Marvell 88SS9189-BLD2 that Crucial built the firmware for.




The flash used on the 256GB and 512GB MX100 SSDs is somewhat special. This is the new Micron 16nm flash, and it is IMFT's latest creation. In total, there are 16 flash packages; there are eight on each side of the PCB.




Micron also makes DRAM, which is a vital component for Marvell SSD controllers. Here we also see some of the capacitors used to power the DRAM if a power failure event occurs. The capacitors allow the DRAM to flush page, and table data back to the flash, before losing the data forever.



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