Crucial MX300 SATA III SSD
In typical Crucial fashion, the MX300 ships in a flip top box. The top of the packaging is blue themed, features an image of the drive and informs us of the enclosed drive capacity in gigabytes.
The back of the flip top box is all white. The contents of the packaging are listed, and the drive's limited three-year warranty is advertised.
Inside of the box, the drive itself is cradled in a clear plastic tray for protection. Crucial includes a stick-on plastic spacer and a printed download guide with an Acronis HD key.
The top half of the drive's all-aluminum enclosure features a colorful manufacturer's label. The bottom half of the drive's enclosure features another manufacturers label that lists the drive's model number, serial number, shipping firmware and PSID number along with other various bits of relevant information.
Liberating the drives PCB from its enclosure is no easy task. Because of the difficulty of opening the MX300, we decided to only open one. We assume both PCB's are identical with the only difference between the two capacities being double the density packages on the 2050GB model. The PCB itself snaps into the enclosure and the enclosure snaps together. The MX300 is a completely screwless design. The blue colored PCB is a 3/4 length design.
This side of the PCB houses four Micron 3D TLC flash packages, the drive's Marvell 88SS1074 4-channel controller and one Micron DRAM cache package. We decided against removing the glob of thermal paste on the controller to get a photo, as we did not want to compromise its thermal integrity.
This side of the PCB houses an additional four Micron 3D TLC flash packages and another Micron DDR3 1600MHz DRAM package.
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- 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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