I have been following technology for quite a while and in that time I have witnessed the birth of solid state drives and many companies bringing them to the masses. When they first came out like all new technology they were very expensive. I remember when many people were debating on getting a new graphics card or a solid state drive. The past couple of years have been kind to the consumer with solid state drives continuing to drop in price. Most people are able to afford a solid state drive for at least their OS drive. The best way to cut costs and keep drives competitive is to decrease the lithography of the NAND that is inside the drive. This is the case for the drive we are taking a look at today. It features Micron’s new 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND. The drive that I am talking about is the Crucial MX100. The 512 GB version that we are reviewing today is currently selling for a little over $200, which if you can remember that is what most 128GB drives were selling for just a couple of years ago. The MX100 effectively replaces Crucial’s M500 solid state drive while the MX550 still remains as their high performance offering. The 512 GB version of the MX100 offers sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 500 MB/s respectively. Let’s see what this drive can do!
Form Factor: 2.5-inch internal SSD
Module Size: 512GB
Warranty: Limited 3-year
Form Factor: 2.5″ Internal SSD
Speeds: 550 MB/s Read, 500 MB/s Write
Product Line: Client SSD
Interface: SATA 6.0Gb/s
Part number: CT512MX100SSD1
The MX comes in a package that is not much larger than the drive itself. It lets us know that it is the MX100 drive and the capacity which is 512 GB. The MX100 drive is offered in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB versions.
Flipping the box over it lets us know what all is inside and where to find the install and warranty guides online.
Opening the box up inside we find the MX100 solid state drive, 7mm to 9.5mm spacer and a Acronis True Image HD software activation key.