Computex 2014: Today Crucial announced the new MX100, a direct replacement for the M500 series and with the world's first 16nm flash.
We were able to test the 512GB and 256GB models before leaving for Taipei but didn't get the content ready. We'll publish full reports in a few days when things slow down at the show. Till then, let's look at the press release and some teaser benchmark results.
Key features of the new Crucial MX100 SSD include:
- Sequential read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 500 MB/s respectively on all file types
- Up to 89 percent more energy efficient than a typical hard drive
- Industry-leading feature set includes best-in-class hardware encryption, Native Write Acceleration, Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN), Exclusive Data Defense, Adaptive Thermal Protection, and Power Loss Protection
Key features of the new Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory:
- Offers introductory speeds starting at 2666 MT/s and 3000 MT/s and expected to increase as the technology matures
- Increases memory bandwidth up to 24GB/s, nearly double the bandwidth of standard DDR3 memory
- Supports Intel® XMP 2.0 profiles and modules are optimized for the latest Intel X99 platforms
- Available in 4GB and 8GB modules, as well as 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB kits
- Introduces a new design to the Ballistix line-up with an aggressively styled anodized aluminum heat spreader on a custom-designed black PCB
Key features of the new Crucial DDR4 server memory include:
- Up to twice as fast and delivers double the memory bandwidth over DDR3 technology when it was introduced (1066 MT/s and 8.5GB/s with DDR3 vs. 2133 MT/s and 17GB/s on DDR4).
- Operating at 1.2V, Crucial DDR4 server memory uses up to 20 percent less voltage than DDR3 technology when it was introduced (1.5V).
- Leverages the latest advances in technology and is up to 40 percent more energy efficient than DDR3 memory when it was introduced.
The MX100 512GB has a low $224.99 price (Newegg)at launch and the drive performs very well in a clean state. The MX100 carries a 3-year warranty and has a TBW of 72TB.
When the drive is clean or used with less drive writes, it's one of the fastest consumer SSDs on the market but once you start hitting the drive hard it slows as most other consumer SSDs.