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Crucial MX100 512GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 2:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Crucial

Futuremark PCMark 8 Extended - Consistency Test

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.228

 

Heavy Usage Model:

 

Futuremark's PCMark 8 allows us to wear the test drive down to a reasonable consumer steady state, and then watch the drive recover on its own through garbage collection. To do that, the drive gets pushed down to steady state with random writes, and then idle time between a number of tests allows the drive to recover.

 

Precondition Phase:

1. Write to the drive sequentially through to the reported capacity with random data.

2. Write the drive through a second time (to take care of overprovisioning).

 

Degradation Phase:

1. Run writes of random sizes between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for ten minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat steps one and two, eight times, and on each pass increase the duration of random writes by five minutes.

 

Steady state Phase:

1. Run writes of random sizes between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 50 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat steps one and two, five times.

 

Recovery Phase:

1. Idle for five minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat steps one and two, five times.

 

Storage Bandwidth

 

PCMark 8's Consistency test provides a ton of data output that we use to judge a drive's performance. Here we see the three states of performance for the select SSDs, which are light use, consumer steady state, and worst case.

 

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Performance consistency is the current feature every SSD company is trying to check off a box on, but Crucial seems to be behind the competition with all three drives on the chart. The value-class drives fall well short of the two current hyper-class drives on the market, 850 Pro, and Extreme PRO. There are ways to keep your system running fast though, even after heavy use.

 

The easiest way is to keep your PC on, so the drive can run cleanup operations. Another method is to set the TRIM command in Windows 8 (called optimize in the OS, like disk defragment for a HDD) on an aggressive schedule, like once every three days.

 

Storage Bandwidth All Tests

 

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The MX100 delivers much better performance under heavy use than the M500 it replaces. With the drive in a clean state, it's actually the fastest SATA based SSD we've recorded scores for. The performance does drop off rapidly though.

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