As viewed through the eyes of an enthusiast, Crucial's BX200 is not a very attractive option. It may be okay for gamers because it has excellent sequential read performance, but if you plan on transferring large chunks of data, or running moderate to heavy workloads, then this is not the drive for you. However, if you are a casual user, then the BX200 will serve you just fine - after all, it will give you a huge performance boost over a traditional HDD.
We are satisfied with the SSD experience that the BX200 delivers. For the most part, the BX200 performed okay while running as our OS disk. Boot times are decent. Programs load pretty fast. If you are upgrading from an HDD, then you will be pleasantly surprised. However, when comparing the BX200 to other SSDs on the market, the BX200 simply does not have compelling performance. At launch, the BX200 is about the lowest priced SSD on the market, but even then, we feel that the drive is overpriced for the performance you get.
Everything is trending toward TLC to bring about cost per gigabyte that will make solid state storage more mainstream. So far we are not liking what we are seeing. To date, only Samsung has delivered a TLC-based SSD that delivers enthusiast-grade performance. We hope to see that change in the near future, and we should as TLC moves to 3D.
- Migration Software
- High Latency
- Sustained Write Performance
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||75%|
|Bundle and Packaging||75%|
|Value for Money||70%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||71%|
The Bottom Line: While the BX200 is much faster than an HDD, it does not deliver compelling performance. For the performance you get, we feel the BX200 is overpriced.
PRICING: You can find the Crucial BX200 480GB SATA III SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Crucial BX200 480GB SATA III SSD retails for $130 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Crucial BX200 480GB SATA III SSD retails for £100 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace-Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – Max IOPS, Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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