Crucial is back at it again. Taking and building upon the huge success that is the MX100. The drive we are looking at today is the newly launched MX200 500GB SATA III SSD. The MX200 retains the same high quality components as the MX100 as well as the MX100's incredibly low price point. The MX200 is outfitted with high quality MLC NAND in BGA packages, host power-loss protection, a Marvell 88SS9189-BLD2 8-channel flash processor, and a new feature called Dynamic Write Acceleration. Dynamic Write Acceleration, or DWA, is where the MX200 differs most from the MX100, however this feature is available only in the 250GB capacity where it is most beneficial. 500GB and 1TB capacity drives don't need DWA, as their performance is amazing on its own.
Most of the performance uptick the 250GB MX200 provides over the previous generation MX100 256GB is facilitated by Crucial's proprietary Dynamic Write Acceleration technology. DWA differs from typical SLC emulation in that like the name suggests it is dynamic in nature as opposed to competing fixed pool emulated SLC technology. Crucial employs Adaptive Thermal Protection technology that dynamically adjusts component activity keeping temperatures within a specific safe range. Adaptive Thermal Protection is a nice feature, but something that is unlikely to kick-in, because it's nearly impossible to get 16nm flash hot.
On the data protection front, Crucial arms the MX200 with RAIN redundancy technology, increasing protection of your data in a similar fashion as RAID on multiple drives. In addition, Crucial is utilizing a 4-layer Data Defense scheme to virtually insure every bit of data is 100% safe.
Keeping data safe from potential hackers is another high priority for Crucial. To combat data theft of your personal files and sensitive corporate information, Crucial outfits the MX200 with high-level encryption features that users may employ for the ultimate in data security. The MX200 keeps data safe with banking grade AES 256 bit encryption that meets or exceeds all industry encryption standards including TCG Opal 2.0, Microsoft eDrive and IEEE-1667.
Until recently, Crucial has been lacking a little on the drive management front. Well, that's history with the introduction of Micron's Storage Executive SSD toolbox. Micron's Storage Executive toolbox is a surprisingly polished piece of software that allows you to easily manage your Crucial SSD and perform all necessary maintenance functions quickly and easily. We will be taking an in-depth look at the features and functions of Storage Executive in this review.
Crucial has covered all the bases that make up a well-rounded drive, and introduced some exclusive features that should yield improved performance, all without increasing cost over the MX100. Let's dive-in and see what we can extract from Crucial's newest SSD.
Crucial's MX200 SATA III SSD is available in 3 capacity sizes, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB. Sequential performance of the MX200 is listed at 555/500 read/write. Random read/write performance is listed at up to 100,000/87,000 IOPS at all capacity points. Of particular interest is the high endurance guarantee that the MX200 carries. The 250GB capacity MX200 comes with a TBW guarantee of 80TB, the 500GB capacity a TBW guarantee of 160TB and the 1TB model a guaranteed TBW of 320TB.
This is class leading endurance and something virtually unseen from consumer based SSD's to this point. Crucial's MX200 SATA III SSD comes in a 2.5" x 7mm Z-height form factor and ships with a spacer should you need to increase the drives thickness to 9.5mm. Crucial includes an Acronis key as a value add. Crucial backs the MX200 with an industry standard 3-year warranty or TBW allowed during the 3 year warranty period, whichever comes first.
PRICING: You can find Crucial's MX200 (500GB) 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's MX200 500GB retails for $209.99 USD at Amazon USA.
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