Drive Details - Crucial BX100 500GB SATA III 2.5" SSD
Crucial packages their BX100 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.
The complete contents of the drives retail packaging are displayed here.
Crucial moved away from their typical reverse labeling with the BX100. The top and sides of the drives enclosure are formed from a single piece of sheet metal that interlocks with the bottom half of the enclosure. 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 metal. A manufacturer's sticker lists the drives capacity, shipping firmware, model number, serial number and various other relevant information.
Cracking the enclosure open, we are presented with the bottom half of the drives PCB.
This is the BX100 completely disassembled. There are no screws in the design. The PCB is snapped into place and the enclosure interlocks. It's a solid design with a quality feel to it.
There are a total of (8) 64GB 16nm BGA NAND packages, (1) 512MB DDR DRAM package and a Silicon Motion SM2246EN 4-channel flash processor. 8-channel controllers power most SSDs so the BX100 is at a write performance disadvantage in that regard, but having only four channels is advantageous in that the BX100 consumes less power and is more cost effective to deploy. There is a thick square thermal pad affixed to the drives flash processor, which we removed for this photo.
The back of the drives PCB is completely devoid of components.
This is a close-in view of the drives Silicon Motion SM2246EN 4-channel flash processor. The chip is laser etched, but this is very difficult to see in our photo.
This is a close-in view of one of the drives (8) 64GB 16nm flash packages.
Finally, a close-in view of the drive's lone DRAM package. This DDR3 DRAM package is 512MB (4Gb) in density and sports a data rate of 1600 MHz.
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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- 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]