Not that long ago we took a look at Crucial’s MX200 solid state drive, which is set to be their high-performance drive for 2015. They also sent us over their new BX100 solid state drive. This drive is their cost-effective solution that is aggressively priced and Crucial hopes it will get solid state drives in the hands of more people. How aggressively priced is it? Well the 1TB drive that we are taking a look at today is selling at my favorite online retailer for $374.99, which makes it only $0.37 per GB. The BX100 is powered by the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller and features Micron 16nm synchronous MLC NAND. The 1TB version features sequential read and write speeds of 535 MB/s and 450 MB/s respectively. Let’s take a closer look…
Crucial and its parent company Micron have been in the SSD market from just about when it started. As many of you know Micron makes much of the NAND we see in many different devices and Crucial is Micron’s consumer brand making solid state drives and other storage devices. Last year we took a look at Crucial’s MX100 drive and we were really impressed with not only its performance, but its aggressive pricing as well. Just announced at CES Crucial is back with the MX200 which Crucial says “pushes things even further” and features their new Dynamic Write Acceleration technology. Will this be the SSD to get in 2015? Read on as we find out…
Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the availability of Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory. Designed to enhance high-performance gaming environments and push performance limits, the new modules deliver introductory speeds starting at 2666 MT/s, and allow users to radically increase bandwidth to 21 GB/s. Ballistix DDR4 memory also delivers up to 40 percent better power efficiency than standard DDR3 memory.
So far we have taken a look at two different DDR4 kits from Crucial. Up first we had their JEDEC kit, which ran at the DDR4 default speed of 2133 MHz. The next kit we got our hands on was the Ballistix Sport kit that had some nice heatspreaders and ran at 2400 MHz. Now we are ready for Crucial’s top of the line DDR4 kit, which is the Ballistix Elite. The new Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory features a completely redesigned heatspreader from the DDR3 version and speeds that start at 2666 MHz. Today we are going to be taking a look at the BLE4K4G4D26AFEA kit. This kit runs at speeds of 2666 MHz with timings of 16-17-17-36 at 1.2V. Being that this is Crucial’s most high-end kit we expect it to perform pretty well. Let’s see what they can do!
As one of the strongest SSD manufacturers on the market Crucial brought two impressive but slightly different lines of SSDs to the show this year. The key difference is their target markets. On the one hand we have the BX100 series which is aimed at users who are new to the SSD scene and are just looking to get their feet wet.
DDR4 dimms are really starting to populate the market with the launch of X99 motherboards and the anticipated launch of Skylake later in the year. Filling out the middle of their current line up, Crucial has brought two new forms of DDR4 using some familiar names.
The first ever DDR4 memory kit that we reviewed was from Crucial and it was their standard JEDEC kit. While this memory was impressive it is not what most gamers and enthusiasts are looking for. Today we are taking a look at a second DDR4 kit from Crucial, this time it is of their Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 memory. This memory features an operating speed of 2400 MHz with timings of 16-16-16-5 at 1.2v. The 16 GB kit that we are looking at today of course has some very attractive, yet non-intrusive heatspreaders as well. Let’s get this kit on the test bench and see what they can do!
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!
Intel recently launched their Haswell-E HEDT (high-end desktop) processors and accompanying X99 chipset. With that came the introduction of DDR4 memory to the consumer market. DDR4 memory has been used in server implementations, but the X99 chipset is the first consumer platform to support DDR4 memory. DDR4 brings with it faster data rates (2133 MHz standard), higher capacity levels and improved efficiency over DD3. Today we will be taking a look at our first DDR4 memory kit and it comes from Crucial. We are taking a look at their 32 GB (4x8GB) DDR4-2133 Kit (CT4K8G4DFD8213). This is Crucial’s JEDEC kit so it is not fancy at all and does not come with a XMP profile. The kit runs at 2133 MHz with timings of 15-15-15-36 at 1.2V.
The consumer solid state drive market could see a price war coming with leading manufacturers ramping up production according to industry sources. NAND flash supplier Micron has reportedly reduced sales of its flash chips to other companies in order to support its own Crucial branded solid state drives.
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