In today’s SSD of the Week we look back at Crucial’s new entry-level SSD that we reviewed a couple of months ago, the BX100. This SSD was one of the first value oriented SSDs released following CES. Therefore, it set the price point of the entry-level SSDs to be very cheap and has brought about a very competitive market among these SSDs. Furthermore, the BX100 is among the first value SSDs to have capacities up to 1TB allowing a greater consumer base to have access to these storage capabilities.
The Crucial BX100 is available in the 7mm 2.5” form factor and comes in the 120GB ($67.99), 250GB ($99.00), 500GB ($179.99), and 1TB ($379.99) capacities. The sequential read and write for this SSD is rated up to 535 MB/s and 450 MB/s respectively. Also, the BX100 is rated up to 90k for the random read IOPS and 70k for write. Additionally, this SSD has a MTBF rating of 1.5 million hours and an endurance rating of 72TB written. The BX100 also comes with a 3-year warranty.
When looking at the features of this SSD we see the basic list of thermal monitoring, data path protection, active garbage collection, TRIM support, Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART), and Error Correction Code (ECC). Even though this may not seem like much compared to higher end SSDs, remember that the BX100 is very much a value oriented SSD. It is powered by the recently popular Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller and coupled with Micron’s 128Gbit 16nm MLC NAND enables this SSD to have high performance at low cost.