Solid state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
Micron designed their 16nm flash primarily to compete with Samsung's TLC flash. Based on the monster performance we were able to get from our MX100 512GB based array, I would say Crucial/Micron came up with a winner.
I am still trying to figure out how Micron was able to shrink NAND lithography by that much with no apparent loss of performance. Throughout most of our testing, our MX100 array was not only able to keep pace with our M550 array, it outperformed it.
Let's talk for a minute about what you get for 43 cents per gigabyte when you purchase a MX100 512GB SSD. Everything on the drive is premium, including MLC flash in BGA packages (the good stuff), a full eight channel controller (Marvell's latest and greatest), and onboard host power-loss protection. You get features like Dev Sleep, and the MX100 supports AES 256-bit hardware encryption, which meets TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 standards. Microsoft's eDrive is also supported.
When we look at how Crucial's MX100 512GB compares with Samsung's 840 EVO, I have to give the edge to Crucial. They both carry the same warranty, but MLC NAND is inherently superior to TLC. The MX100 is cheaper; in fact, it's the best value per GB SSD there is at the moment, and it delivers enthusiast grade performance, just like the EVO. When comparing the two drives (512GB EVO and 512GB MX100), strictly based on performance, they are very evenly matched.
Normally, I don't give a crap about cost, and it doesn't factor into what makes a particular drive my favorite flavor of the week, but this time it does. Bleeding edge, hyper-class performance at 43 cents per gigabyte is intoxicating, and is precisely the reason Crucial's MX100 512GB SSD is my new favorite SSD (at least until the next RAID Report).
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!
PRICING: You can find Crucial's MX100 (512GB) 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.
United States: The Crucial MX100 (512GB) retails for $209.99 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Drive Details, Test System Setup, Drive Properties, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO, Anvil Storage Utilities, CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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