Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-in SSD - Details and Test Setup

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Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-in SSD
Features and Specifications
Details and Test Setup
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Benchmarks Continued - ATTO
Benchmarking Continued - AIDA64
Benchmarking Continued - Crystal DiskMart
Final Thoughts

The Nitty Gritty:

We will break this drive down into the main components and let you know what is inside - because it's what's inside that counts. The storage is taken care of by Micron branded chips with the markings 4SC2D NW656. There are 16, 128Gbit (32GB) NAND chips that are controlled by the Marvell 88SS9189 controller. Not a lot is know about this controller - but we do know that it is an upgrade from the 88SS9187 controller that has powered other Crucial (and many other company) drives in the past.

Marvel Controller


Both the 256GB and 512GB drives are rated for 72TB of writes for the life of the drive. If you break down the math, it works out to almost 65GB a day for three years or 40GB a day for 5 years - exceeding the warranty of the drive. The rating of this drive is fairly competitive and lines up with most of the competition.


The SSD Testing Disclaimer:

Because of the wear-leveling algorithms used in SSDs, performance is actually pretty hard to nail down. It is for this reason also that drive performance can vary so much from one review to the next. Some sites go to extreme measures to show the maximum performance possible after they use utilities to restore the drive to pristine performance levels, but that isn't accurate in the real world. We've tried to get a balance of the pristine and the dirty drive here at BCCHardware and have used this drive extensively in our test systems both running Windows 8 x64. We feel that our results are as reproducible as possible, and while no software can accurately measure SSD performance in a perfectly fair fashion, we've done our best to keep the results accurate as possible. We've used synthetic benchmark tools such as AIDA64, Crystal DiskMark and others that are indicators of real-world performance.


Updated Test Setup:

CPU Intel Core i7-4790K
Motherboard MSI Z97-G45 Gaming
Memory 8GB Crucial DDR3-1866
Graphics HIS Radeon R9 270X 2GB 
Cooling NZXT Kraken X61 & NZXT Kraken X41
Hard Drives Crucial MX100 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Build 9879
AMD Drivers AMD 14.12 


On the next page, we'll jump right into testing.