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Crucial MX100 512GB 3-Drive SSD RAID Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 3:11 am

Drive Details - Crucial MX100 512GB SSD




Crucial packages their MX100 in an attractive blue and silver flip-top box. There is a picture of the drive on the top of the box.




The rear of the box lists the contents, although there is no mention of the included Acronis migration software.




The MX100 512GB ships with a download key for Acronis migration software, and a 7mm to 9.5mm black plastic spacer.




The top of the drive's enclosure is formed from a piece of sheet aluminum. A manufacturer's sticker lists the drive's capacity, shipping firmware, model number, serial number, and other relevant information.




The bottom and sides of the drive's enclosure are formed from a single piece of cast aluminum. There is an attractive blue sticker centered on the bottom face of the drive's enclosure.




Here's what Crucial's MX100 512GB SSD looks like completely disassembled. There is a thermally conductive pad to wick heat from the drive's controller and DRAM package into the thick cast aluminum half of the drive's enclosure.




On this side of the PCB there are eight Micron branded 16nm BGA NAND packages, one DRAM package, a row of small capacitors providing host power-loss protection, and Marvell's newest 88SS9189 Flash Processor.




There are an additional eight NAND packages on the opposite side of the PCB.



Test System Setup




- Array Properties




The majority of our testing is performed with our test drive/array as our boot volume. Our boot volume is 75% full for all OS Disk "C" drive testing to replicate a typical consumer OS volume implementation. We are using 64k stripes for our all our three-drive arrays.


Cstates and Speed stepping are both disabled in our systems BIOS; High Performance power plan is enabled in Windows, Write-back caching is enabled via Intel's RST control panel, and Windows buffer flushing is disabled. We are utilizing Windows 8.1 64-bit for all of our testing.

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