Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-in SSD
|Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-in SSD|
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Crucial is a division of Micron and as such are one of the few companies that are actually making NAND flash memory. This gives them some advantages when it comes to newer types of NAND, smaller manufacturing processes and availability. The MX100 drive we are looking at today will be replaced here in 2015 with their MX200 which will edge it out slightly in the performance department. They will also be releasing an entry-level drive line - the BX100 that will still have very good read speeds, but will be a bit slower in terms of writing performance. The unit we have on our bench is the standard 2.5-in SSD, but as we'll see in the coming months, a lot of companies (including Crucial) are investing a lot of effort and R&D into M.2 and mSATA drives as well.
The MX100 is exclusively a 2.5-in SSD that comes in a nice slender form factor. This drive is 7mm in height and comes with a shim to make it standard 9.5mm tall drive. If you have a newer laptop or Ultrabook, you're going to need the 7mm height and this drive will easily slide in and give you half a Terabyte of storage. As you can see below, the bundle is pretty lean as the MX100 package consists of the drive, the aforementioned shim and a full version of Acronis True Image HD that will require you to register to get a full key. This software is worth $30 easily and it is a nice addition to the package.
The drive is very plain and the only thing to really note is the label on the bottom that includes the model, serial and part numbers. The entire drive housing is metal and this gives in durability. You'll see in the bottom right corner the "Warranty Void" sticker - that will be removed shortly.
Before we jump into benchmarks and the like, we'll take a quick look inside the drive to find out exactly what Crucial has put together with the MX100 series of SSDs.