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Crucial MX200 Review: A fast SSD at a nice price

Jon L. Jacobi | Feb. 24, 2015
Crucial, being a Micron subsidiary, has access to NAND from its parent company's fabs. It rolls this advantage over to you, pricing drives such as the company's new MX200 lower than the competition: $470 for the 1TB version is a bargain in a top-end drive. The kicker is, Crucial makes even less expensive, albeit slower SSDs such as the BX100 that we also hope to review.

Random reads and writes were also quite good, at 30KBps/80KBps on single 4KB files and over 300KBps with 4KB files at a queue depth of 32. It really doesn't get much better with a single drive on the SATA bus. You'll need to switch to a PCIe solution  or combine drives in RAID 0 to go any faster.

Conclusion

You can't argue with the MX200's price. It's the most affordable top-shelf SSD out there. However, if you're more about capacity than performance, consider the $400 1TB Crucial BX100 or even Sandisk's 960GB Ultra II, which is available at a steep discount.

Note: The MX200 will also be available in other form factors, such as mSATA and M.2 (SATA), but Crucial was unable to provide any at the time of this writing.

 

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