Crucial is targeting their BX100 SSD at those that are still using HDDs for their main storage devices. Crucial tells us right off the bat that their BX100 is not the fastest SSD on the market. While not the fastest SSD on the market, the BX100 is still fast. Crucial claims their BX100 is more than 15X faster than traditional spinning hard disks. Crucial points to reliability as another compelling reason to make the switch. Crucial claims their BX100 is at least twice as reliable as a spinning hard disk. As if that wasn't enough, Crucial points out that their BX100 delivers over 2X the energy efficiency of a traditional spinning hard disk.
Crucial emphasizes other compelling reasons to make the switch. First and most obvious is of course nearly instant booting. Nothing I can think of is more frustrating than waiting five minutes to boot to a usable desktop. Loading programs is lightning quick, as opposed to a long wait for a spinner to load up your system's RAM or virtual memory pool. The benefits of solid-state storage are well known to most of us, but still must be experienced first-hand to be fully appreciated. The SSD experience is one of those rare things in life that will make you wonder how you ever got by without it. Solid-state storage will become essential to anyone who gives it a try. In that respect, SSS (Solid State Storage) is the most important component found in a modern system today.
Crucial's BX100 is the new kid on the block in a neighborhood of entry-level SSDs. This neighborhood is populated with many low-cost solutions, that while much faster than HDDs, do not process all data at the same speed. There is a huge proliferation of entry-level SSDs that leverage compression technology for increased write speed. Crucial's BX100 is not one of them, and that is an advantage. Crucial designed the BX100 to be data agnostic. SSDs that rely on compression for write speed can write at advertised speeds, but only if the data being written is compressible. However, if the data being written is already compressed (most data is compressed), then they will suffer compression slow-down. Compression slow-down is a real issue and can cause some SSDs to write at only 35% of their advertised speed. Crucial's BX100 processes both compressed and uncompressed data at advertised speeds, giving the BX100 an inherent advantage over many competing solutions.
Crucial is looking to replace your HDD by pricing the BX100 low enough, at a high enough capacity that will make it an attractive alternative to those of you in need of a large capacity hard disk. Although Crucial's BX100 is a low-cost entry solution, it employs a premium flash array. This is important because flash is the heart and soul of any SSD. MLC flash (two-bit per cell flash) inherently provides superior reliability, speed and endurance in comparison to TLC (three-bit per cell flash). TLC flash although inherently inferior to MLC, is attractive to manufacturers because it costs much less per GB to implement, and that's the reason we see so many entry level SSDs utilizing TLC flash arrays.
Because the BX100 is priced so attractively, it really makes sense that those of you looking for a 1TB desktop SSS solution should really be thinking about RAID 0 as an alternative. For the same price as a single 1TB SSD, you can instead get two 500GB BX100 drives and have double the performance running RAID 0. SSDs like the BX100 are very reliable and although RAID 0 is inherently less reliable than a single disk due to potential disk failure, we feel that is really a thing of the past. I trust my data to an SSD array over a single HDD every time. Just as it is with a single disk, you should maintain regular backups when running RAID 0. To demonstrate the speed available from a 2-drive BX100 array, we will be charting the performance of said array alongside various SSDs.
Crucial's BX100 looks to be a great entry level SSD, so let's see it performs.
Crucial's BX100 SATA III SSD is available in four capacities: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB. Sequential read performance of Crucial's BX100 is listed at 535MB/s. Sequential write speed varies by capacity, topping out at 450MB/s. Random read performance varies slightly by capacity. Random write performance is 43K at 120GB and 70K at all other capacity points.
Crucial warrantees the BX100 for three years or 72 terabytes written, (equivalent to: 40GB per day for five years), whichever comes first. The 2.5" SSD ships with a spacer should you need to increase the drives thickness to 9.5mm.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details, Test System Setup, Array Properties]
- Page 3 [SSD Toolbox]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO, Anvil Storage Utilities, CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Max IOPS, Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 8 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]