During our last iteration of SSD of the Week we went over the competitive price drop the Samsung 850 EVO had to match the newly introduced entry-level SSDs. On this week’s agenda we have the Crucial MX200 that we covered a month ago. Last year when the MX100 was introduced as a lower tiered product there was a hole in the Crucial family where in the previous generation the M550 had been. However, now that hole has been filled with its successor the MX200.
Crucial has introduced a new feature with the MX200, Dynamic Write Acceleration. DWA dynamically changes the NAND’s operation from MLC mode to SLC mode and allows SSDs with only two NAND packages to achieve 500Mb/s write speeds. Additionally, by using DWA the endurance has improved significantly bolstering a rating of 320TBW.
The Crucial MX200 is available in the 250GB($114.99), 500GB(209.99), and 1TB(449.00) capacities. Furthermore, the form factors it comes in are 7mm 2.5″, mSATA, M.2 2260 and M.2 2280. Performance for all the capacities and form factors is the same: 555MB/s read, 500MB/s write, 100K IOPS read, and 87K IOPS write. In terms of endurance, the 250GB model is rated for 80TB, the 500GB mode is rated for 160TB, and the 1TB model is rated for 320TB. Also, the MTTF rating is for 1.5 million hours and Crucial has stuck with their 3 year limited warranty.
When it comes to taking steps forward Crucial are definitely at the forefront of thinking. With the introduction of DWA on their new mid-tier SSD it shows how much Crucial wants to improve. The MX200 even received our Silver Seal in our review last month.
With the latest Crucial SSD having such good speeds and much better endurance, why not try a longer lasting mid-tier SSD?