128GB Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s
|128GB Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s|
|Features and Specifications|
|Inside the Crucial C300 SSD|
|SSD Testing Info and Benchmarks|
|Crystal DiskMark and HDTach|
|HDTune, IOMeter and Final Thoughts|
Back at CES2010 Crucial showed off their upcoming SATA 3.0 (6Gbps) drive and the time has come for it to launch and hit the retail shelves. In fact, this drive has been around for a while and we are certainly not the first to the punch when it comes to reviewing this unit. What makes this drive stand out is that it is priced very similar to SATA 2.0 (3Gbps) drives and it packs in more performance and therefore, more bang for the buck. If you simply can't afford a 128GB drive with a MSRP of $399USD, the 64GB version lists at a mere $149USD which makes it more appealing for a boot drive that you want downright snappy.
Keep in mind that you'll need a motherboard that supports SATA 6Gbps speeds if you want to really take full advantage of the blistering performance claims of this drive. We recently reviewed the ASRock X58 Extreme 3 motherboard and now have the ability to test out the SATA 3.0 subsystem with this drive. Before we get into the meat of the review, let's take a closer look at this drive.
Hard drives don't typically come with much of a bundle and we were surprised to see that Plextor included a full version of Acronis True Image with their SSD, but the bundle couldn't counteract the mediocre performance of that drive. Crucial has opted out of a bundle and hopefully the performance makes up for the lack of cable, mounting bracket and other goodies.
The drive ships in a nicely padded box and the drive resides in a handy anti-static bag in order to keep all the goodness protected during shipping. Even though the drive is rated to withstand G-Forces in excess of 1000g, it is still nice to see that Plextor doesn't ship it loose in a cardboard box.
The drive really isn't really all that exciting. It has a standard metal case that is held together by four small Philips #1 screws that can be easily removed - albeit voiding your warranty. The bottom of the drive contains the serial number, model and all the required certification logos. Our particular drive shipped with the 0002 revision firmware - the latest that is currently available from Crucial and this allowed us to jump quickly into testing.
Although the drive uses the newest SATA 3.0 6Gbps interface, the connectors have remained standard since the first generation of SATA. This ensures that this drive will plug into all SATA-supporting motherboards and is backwards compatible.
The drive doesn't have as impressive of a finish as the Plextor PX-128M1S drive, but I'm more excited about what is inside and the performance that it promises.