Crucial MX300 SSD Review (1050GB) – Micron 3D NAND Meets RAID 0

REAL WORLD FILE TRANSFER

We also wanted to see how performance was in a real world use when transferring large files to the SSD. For this test we are going to simply stress write performance by transferring over a 30GB folder of movies off of a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro to the test SSDs and time how long it takes. Once complete we can calculate the average speed. For reference we have included both a 2.5″ and 3.5″ WD Blue HDD.

1TB Crucial MX300 30GB transfer speed

As expected, the RAID 0 array demolishes the single SATA SSD results. Reaching an average of 1007MB/s puts this config in line with the high performance PCIe SSD options out there, but at a much lower cost when factoring price per GB. Looking at one SSD’s performance we can see that it averaged 530MB/s, which is actually slightly slower than the 750GB, but that difference very minuscule and can change based on the number of passes we make with this benchmark.

POWER CONSUMPTION

For our power consumption testing, we have the drive connected to the system as a secondary drive. To record the wattage, we are now utilizing a Quarch Technology Programmable Power Module. It allows us to accurately measure power consumption over time and is flexible enough to allow us to test any SSD that comes our way.

Quarch Technology Power Module Angle

Our power analysis may change as time goes on, but for now we are looking at just a few metrics with the main goal of measuring our results against the manufacturer’s ratings. Because most consumer systems are at idle for about 80% of the time, idle power consumption is an important measure to look at when understanding the efficiency of a drive.

1TB Crucial MX300 idle

In the chart above we can see that SSDs are magnitudes more efficient than standard HDDs. The 1050GB Crucial M300 has very good idle power consumption. It averages 40 milliwatts, which is near the best that we have seen.

POWER EFFICIENCY

Finally, we wanted to post up a graph of the power efficiency of the SSDs in comparison. We are looking at MB/s per Watt in this graph. The higher the result, the better.

1TB Crucial MX300 30GB Transfer efficiency

Finally, in the chart above we can see that Micron’s 3D TLC provides high power efficiency. Now that we have apples to apples capacities to compare, however, we can see that the Samsung 850 EVO offers a little bit better efficiency over the MX300. Still, the MX300 does extremely well here, especially compared to the planar NAND options in the market.

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1TB prices still too high

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Thanks for the review with the HD Tune 🙂

It´s essiential for me to see how fast a SSD is if the SLC-cache is full

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I wonder if Crucial SE still can’t update SSD firmware if boot drive is an NVMe device. I reported this problem ages ago, curious if they fixed this annoyance.

Performance-wise. I would still pick 850EVO. If anyone wants blazing speed for data then get any supported SSD, activate RAPID mode (careful, not advisable on boot drive) and enjoy. I have one activated on 1TB model with R/W at 7500MB/s and NVMe is nowhere (owning couple of i750s).

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Would you benchmark also the smallest model? I can’t find any benchmarks of MX300 275GB on the net, and I’m curious how much performance it sacrifices due to reduced die count.

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