We've been waiting for the right moment to drop this review and that time is now. Pricing for solid state storage is on the rise due to the current NAND-flash shortage. And this is where Crucial's MX300 is at its most appealing. The 2TB MX300 is by far the lowest-cost high-capacity SSD on the market. It is a massive $150 less than you will pay for the only real competition in town; Samsung's 2TB 850 EVO. In addition to being way cheaper than the EVO, the 2TB MX 300 is actually 2050GB. So, with the 2TB MX300, you are getting an additional 50GB of usable space over the 2TB 850 EVO.
We see Crucial's high-capacity MX300 SSDs as the ideal storage device for those that need high-capacity storage and are also looking to free themselves completely from archaic mechanical storage. A single 2TB MX300 should for most; hold their entire steam library and at the same time deliver performance that is light-years ahead of any mechanical disk.
As with all modern TLC SSDs, the MX300 employs pSLC (pseudo single-level cell) caching to boost burst performance. Crucial calls their pSLC technology Dynamic Write Acceleration. Dynamic Write Acceleration technology uses an adaptable pool of high-speed, single-level cell flash memory to generate blistering speeds throughout the life of the drive. If you are looking for even more burst performance, you can do so through Crucial's Storage Executive software suite. Storage Executive is a downloadable tool that is easy to use and helps monitor and enhance the performance of your Crucial MX300. The Momentum Cache feature in Storage Executive enables DRAM caching of your Crucial SSD.
In addition to being orders of magnitude faster than any mechanical HDD, the MX300 is more power efficient, more reliable and more enduring than mechanical HDDs; making MX300 ideal for laptops and notebooks. The Crucial MX300 extends your laptop's battery life by using only 0.075W of power, compared to a typical hard drive which uses 6.8W.
We believe that Crucial's high capacity MX300 models are currently the best value in high-capacity solid state storage, now let's take a close look at the performance they have to offer:
Crucial MX300 1050GB & 2050GB:
- Sequential Read: up to 530 MB/s
- Sequential Write: up to 510 MB/s
- Max 4K Random Read Speed: up to 92,000 IOPS
- Max 4K Random Write Speed: up to 83,000 IOPS
- Endurance: 1050GB up to 360TB, 2050GB up to 400TB
- MTTF: 1.5 Million Hours
- Warranty: 3-Year Limited Warranty
- Garbage Collection
- Software: Acronis, Storage Executive
- Accessories 2.5mm stick-on spacer
Current Pricing: 1050GB = $289.99, 2050GB = $549.99
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil's]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks – CDM & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace, OS Volume) - Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) – IOPS, Response & Transfers]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary) – PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary) – 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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