Last week we kicked it up a notch for the SSD of the Week with the enterprise Intel NVMe PCIe DC P3700. However, this week we are on the opposite spectrum with the budget SSDs. The highlight of this week is the Crucial MX100.
In previous years Crucial has tried to cut costs by using a cheaper SATA controller, but this year they instead used a cheaper NAND manufacturing process. As per our review back in June, we found the MX100 is almost identical to Crucial’s drive that came out earlier this year, the M550, except for the new 128Gbit 16nm IMFT NAND.
Currently the 512GB and 256GB Crucial MX100 SSDs are third and fourth on Amazon’s best seller list. However, the prices of the drives are cheaper than their competitors at the top. This makes the Crucial MX100 drives the most value for your dollar at $74.24 for the 128GB, $111.99 for the 256GB, and $209.99 for the 512GB capacity.
There are many features you get when you buy this drive which entail hardware encryption, native write acceleration, exclusive data defense, adaptive thermal protection, RAIN (Redundant Array of Independent NAND), data path protection, power-loss protection, and the drive even comes with an Acronis True Image HD key.
The sequential read speeds on these 7mm 2.5” drives are up to 550 MB/s and write speeds are up to 500 MB/s for the 512GB model. Random high queue depth IOPS are rated at up to 90,000 read and 85,000 write for the 512GB. And it is backed with a 3 year warranty and customer support.
In all, the Crucial MX100 is a drive that comes loaded with many enterprise features and solid performance for almost any PC user. If you want an affordable and and feature rich SSD, then this drive is for you.