The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:
- Windows Defender In Use
- Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
- Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
- Starting the Vista Operating System
- Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
- Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
- Cataloging a music library
- Starting applications
CRUCIAL MX100 SSD PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
The Crucial MX100 256GB SSD (results pictured left) achieved a Total Score of 75,278 points with a high transfer speed of 458MB/s when testing importing pictures to Windows Photo Gallery. The Crucial MX100 512GB SSD achieved a Total Score of 75,965 points with a high transfer speed of 462MB/s when testing in Windows Media Center. The application loading benchmark results only seem to reach around the low 190MB/s mark. However, both score around 75k and that in itself is still very impressive.
As we can see by our PCMark Vantage Hierarchy Chart, the Crucial MX100 places well and amongst the top 10 PCMark Vantage scores received to date:
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Crucial MX100’s performance comes in similar to the M550, actually a little bit better. What is even more impressive is that the MX100 was not only able to meet its rated specs, but actually surpass them in our IOPS testing in Anvil’s Storage Utilities. However, this is really no surprise considering the PCB layout is the same besides the newer 16nm 128Gbit flash. In fact, looking back on our M550 report we can see the firmware revision name is the same! So basically any differences in performance should just be from the difference in NAND.
With that, the bottleneck of SATA 6Gb/s being more visible than ever in the latest consumer SSD technology. Manufacturers are also starting to pack more and more enterprise grade features and focusing more on consistency performance in their products. The MX100 is the epitome of this from its many data integrity features such as Exclusive Data Defense and RAIN to their Native Write Acceleration to maintain fast consistent write speeds. Since our Crucial M550 review, Crucial seems to have answered our suggestion of migration software with the inclusion of Acronis True Image HD…now if only they will come out with a 5 year warranty rather than their standard 3 year and possibly a software utility for users.
The current SSD market is saturated with companies, most of which aren’t even component manufacturers and just source out all their components. Micron/Intel (IMFT), Samsung, Toshiba, and SanDisk are the leading producers of NAND flash memory. Being a consumer brand of Micron, Crucial has a nice advantage here. They get to take advantage of the latest NAND at low cost. Crucial releasing the MX100 really shows how NAND flash manufacturers are again flexing their muscle by hitting the industry with lower prices and in turn, seem to be starting another price war. This seems to be the position as of late and could spell bad news for third party suppliers, although as seen at Computex, they are not afraid to take on the dragon.
So now we have seen a new release from Micron and a new release from SanDisk in the Extreme Pro. What about the other market giants Toshiba and Samsung? What will they bring to the table with their next releases?
The Crucial MX100 is a great step forward in the consumer SSD market. We support purchase of the MX100 with our Top Value award. It is riddled with so many data integrity features and such impressive performance for the low MSRP, it really deserves it.