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Crucial MX200 500GB SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 13, 2015 1:58 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Crucial

Drive Details - Crucial MX200 SATA III 2.5" 500GB SSD




Crucial packages their MX200 SATA III SSD 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, as well as another picture of the drive and the included spacer.




Here is the complete contents of the drives packaging.




Crucial moved away from their typical reverse labeling with the MX200. The top and sides of the drives enclosure are formed from a single piece of sheet aluminum that interlocks with the bottom half of the enclosure. The enclosure is natural aluminum in color. There is an attractive blue and silver sticker on the face of the top half of the drives enclosure.




The bottom and inner sides of the drives enclosure are formed from another single piece of interlocking sheet aluminum. A manufacturer's sticker lists the drives capacity, shipping firmware, model number, serial number, and various other relevant information.




Here's what Crucial's MX200 500GB SSD looks like completely disassembled.




Cracking the enclosure open, we are presented with the rear half of the drives PCB. There are a few surface mounted components, and a couple of capacitors that service the drives DRAM package, but other than that, the rear half of the PCB is pretty barren.




There are a total of (8) 64GB 16nm BGA NAND packages, (1) 512MB DDR DRAM package and a Marvell 88SS9189-BLD2 flash processor. Host power-loss protection is provided via capacitors; eight capacitors servicing the drives 8 NAND Packages are located on this side of the PCB. The PCB is secured to the enclosure by a single screw and two locator pins. All chips on the board make contact with a Mylar type thermal sheet that is affixed to the underside of the top half of the drives enclosure. There is a thick white non-thermal foam strip that acts as a spacer affixed to the bottom of the drives enclosure ensuring that the PCB stays secured within the locating pins.




Here is a close-in view of the drives controller. Crucial is again utilizing Marvell's 8-channel 88SS9189-BLD2 FSP.




This is a close-in view of one of the drives (8) 64GB flash packages (512GB total). The NAND utilized is Micron's own 16nm MLC flash in BGA packages.




Finally, a close-in view of the drives lone DRAM package. This LPDDR2 DRAM package is 512MB (4Gb) in density and sports a data rate of 1066MHz.



Test System Setup




- Drive Properties




The majority of our testing is performed with our test drive 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 feel that most of you will be utilizing your SSD's for your boot volume and that presenting you with results from an OS volume is more relevant than presenting you with empty secondary volume results.


System settings: Cstates and Speed stepping are both disabled in our systems BIOS. Windows High Performance power plan is enabled. Windows write caching is enabled, and Windows buffer flushing is disabled. We are utilizing Windows 8.1 64-bit for all of our testing except for our MOP (Maxed-Out Performance) benchmarks where we switch to Windows Server 2008 R2 64 Bit.

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