It is good to finally see solid state drives coming out in larger capacities. The 30GB and 60GB drives are nice and everything but they are not something I would put in a desktop system. Simply because I don’t think that 60GB is enough space for all of my programs seeing as I would use the drive as the operating system drive. Now that many companies are offering 128GB and 256GB solid state drives you will start seeing them more and more often.
The M225 drive proves once again that the Indilinx Barefoot controller is currently the best option out there right now when designing a solid state drive. Crucial has done a great job with this drive. The all aluminum casing provides protection and also makes the drive look “cool”. The performance of the drive is pretty much spot on with other drives based on the same hardware. You are definitely going to see a performance increase over JMicron-based solid state drives and a HUGE difference compared to a normal SATA drive.
It all comes down to price, Crucial offers this drive in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities and the prices for the drives are $234.99, $429, and $675 respectively. $675 is sure a lot to pay for only 256GB of storage, but the performance is unrivaled. Also the M225 is one of the lower-priced 256GB solid state drives available.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the Crucial M225 256GB Solid State Drive a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Great performance
– Aluminum casing
– Based off the Indilinx Barefoot controller
– Priced lower than other 256GB solid state drives
– None that I found