Crucial MX100 512GB CT512MX100SSD1 SATA3 2.5" SSD Review

The introduction ...

Today, we test the latest Crucial MX100 SSD here at OCinside.de.
Just a few weeks after announcing the Crucial M550 there is again an awesome SSD from Crucial, that is currently available with capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB up to 512 GB.
Despite the extremely high level of performance and brand new 16nm MLC NAND it is available for an amazing low price.
The review will compare this inexpensive Crucial MX100 SSD with 512 GB capacity against the current Crucial M550, M500, m4 and many SSDs from some other manufacturers.

 

 

Thanks for the support ...

Many thanks for the support with the Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" SSD by the manufacturer Crucial.

The Crucial MX100 512GB SATA3 2.5" SSD CT512MX100SSD1 has at present a price of approx. 198 Euro (07/2014).

The Crucial MX100 SSD series contains at present the following SATA SSD types:
Crucial MX100 128GB CT128MX100SSD1, 256GB CT256MX100SSD1 and 512GB CT512MX100SSD1
An MX100 1 TB SSD is currently neither available like a MX100 mSATA or a MX100 M. 2 SSD.

Important !
The performance of the Crucial MX100 SSD series alters depending on the capacity.
A higher capacity of this Crucial MX100 SSD has a higher write performance, whereby the 128GB MX100 has a seqential write performance of 150MB/s, the 256 GB MX100 has a write rate of 330MB/s and the 512GB MX100 from this review has the highest write rate of 550 MB/s.
The read performance of the MX100 SSD mit 128GB, 256GB and 512GB is according to the manufacturer 550MB/s.

Here you can buy the Crucial MX100 SSD.

 

 

The supply of the Crucial MX100 512 GB SATA3 SSD ...

In this cardboard box came the current Crucial MX100 SSD:

 

 

That is contained in the delivery ...

Here is a first look inside of the SSD cardboard box:

 

Crucial delivers the MX100 2.5" SSD CT512MX100SSD1 well packed with a 9.5 mm adapter and an Acronis True Image HD Software Activation Key.
With the Acronis True Image HD software, you can not only backup and restore hard drives and SSDs, but especially transfer and migrate Windows from a hard drive to an SSD.
Crucial includes a small 7 mm to 9.5 mm adapter which can be put on the SSD, if necessary to stay compatible with the very popular height of 9.5 mm, because the construction height is no more 9.5 mm, but only 7 mm:

 

The following picture shows the front of the 2.5" Crucial MX100 512GB SSD, where one can see the SATA3 connections for data and power on the right side.
The SSD connector is identical to conventional SATA3 hard disks and SATA3 SSDs can also operate with a slower speed at an SATA2 interface:

 

On the flipside you can see the label of the Crucial MX100 SSD with some technical data and the preinstalled firmware version:

 

Here you can see eight out of a total of sixteen Micron NAND modules of the SATA3 SSD with a total of 512 GB capacity, which have now 16nm and no more 20nm.
Additionally you can see the LPDDR2 512MB SSD cache module and the new Marwell 88SS9189 controller IC, which is also integrated in the previously tested Crucial M550 SSD.
The SSD also offers a Microsoft eDrive compatible, built-in 256-bit AES encryption (TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE 1667), which allows a hardware encryption with an appropriate UEFI hardware equipment and Microsoft Windows 8 or Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with BitLocker enabled:

 

On the back of the circuit board, you can see the remaining eight 16nm Micron NAND modules:

 

 

The technical data ...

Manufacturer Crucial
Article number CT512MX100SSD1
Capacity 512GB (512GB NAND)
Interface SATA3 6GB/s
Cache 512MB
Controller Marvell
Flash Type Micron MLC - Multi-Level-Cell
Size 2.5" (100.45 x 69.85 x 7mm)
Weight approx. 70 gramm
Speed Read up to 550 MB/s / Write up to 500 MB/s
Seek Time < 0.1ms
Power Consumption < 0.1 Watt Idle
MTBF 1.5 million hours
Other SMART Support, 256-Bit AES-Encryption, TCG Opal 2.0 compliant firmware, RAIN, ECC, TRIM, DEVSLP, Adaptive Thermal Protection, Power Loss Protection

 

Here is a screenshot of Snipping the CrystalDiskInfo 4.3.0 SSD and HDD information software, where is immediately noticeable, that the Crucial SSD is also equipped with a temperature sensor, which is able to throttle the SSD speed if the SSD reaches too high temperatures:

 

 

SSD firmware update ...

At review date, Crucial offered no newer firmware download than the already installed MU01 firmware for the MX100 SSD.

 

 

Benchmark values and test results ...

Let us continue with the benchmark results.
SATA3 drives are tested with an ASRock 890GX Extreme3 motherboard.
At present, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition is used as the operating system.

The SSD drive speed was examined and compared with the following benchmark software:

AS SSD Benchmark 1.4.3704.27281 - Download
ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46 - Download
CrystalDiskMark 3.00 - Download
HD Tach 3.040 - Download
SiSoftware Sandra 2011 - Download

 

AS SSD benchmark result ...

The SSD benchmark values offers a very good reference point of the maximal possible reading and writing performance, the speed with smaller files and the respective access time.
The 512GB Crucial drive achieved in AHCI mode an enormously high sequential read performance.

Although you should operate the SSD in AHCI mode, we have run all benchmarks additionally in IDE mode.
The total score was still at good 360 points in IDE mode (indicated by "pciide").
However, the score in IDE mode was more than 50% below the AHCI mode, so you should clearly operate this SSD in AHCI mode on the SATA3 controller.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD benchmark results (SATA3 IDE):

 

In AHCI mode also another result beneath the read performance was much higher than in the IDE mode and that is the important value "4K-64Thrd".
4K means that small 4K blocks are read and/or written and with the 4K 64Thrd this is distributed on 64 Threads at the same time.
Thus the benchmark program simulate for example a typical program start.

Because the weighting of this important value in the AS SSD benchmark tool is very high, the total score in the AHCI mode is with 856 points more than twice as high.
The Crucial M550 512GB SSD reached a little bit higher score of 907 points in AHCI mode on the same system.
With the Crucial M550 512 GB the values in AHCI reached 516,18 MB/s read and 447,28 MB/s write performance.
The new Crucial MX100 512 GB reached in AHCI mode 511,93 MB/s read and 449,24 MB/s write performance, which is a little bit below the 512GB M550 and a little bit higher than the Crucial 512GB M500.

AS SSD also shows very nice, that the usable capacity of this 512 GB MX100 is about 476,94 GB, which is nearly identical to the Crucial M550 512GB and thus it is also nearly 7% more than the usable size of the 512 GB M500 SSD (447,13 GB).

Hint:
Who think now about changing its SATA port in the BIOS from native IDE and/or legacy IDE to AHCI, should change first for example (if possible) only one part of the SATA port, where the drive with the operating system is not installed.
Because if one like to save the new Windows installation, one must install the hard disk controller driver before changing SATA mode from IDE to AHCI - alternatively there are also Registry entries for it.
If you like to upgrade from HDD to SSD, you should not copy the content 1:1 only with a tool like Norton Ghost or Acronis Backup.
It is better to install a fresh Windows 7 or Windows 8 or adjust at least the SSD Alignment.
We help you with questions to this topic or all other PC related questions at any time 24/7 in our PC Forum.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD benchmark results (SATA3 AHCI):

 

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD iops results (SATA3 in AHCI mode):

 

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD copy benchmark values (SATA3 AHCI):

 

The comparison of the AS SSD benchmark results is extended with each new HDD/SSD test.
Here you can see already some SSDs in comparison to the Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" SSD in IDE and in AHCI mode, whereby the SSD benchmark chart is updated shortly with new SSDs.
Currently, the highest AS SSD total score is reached by the Crucial M550 512 GB SSD, followed by this MX100 512 GB SSD.

Here is a comparison of the AS SSD benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

ATTO Disk benchmark result ...

The ATTO disk benchmark values gives a very good overview about the write and read rate on different file sizes.
These values are maximum ratings, which are different to the previously continuous transfer rate benchmarks, since this benchmark may even reach a higher overall performance with slower SSDs.

With the Crucial MX100 512 GB SSD, we measured from a transfer size of approximately 256 KB a higher read speed (green) than write speed (red) and reached the maximum read rate of 539267 KB at a transfer size of 2048 KB.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the ATTO Disk benchmark values (SATA3 AHCI):

 

The ATTO disk benchmark values are compared with a small transfer size of 32KB and a large transfer size of 8192KB.
The bar chart already includes a comparison to some SSDs and HDDs, where the Crucial MX100 cannot reach the top of all ATTO results.

Here is a comparison of the ATTO disk benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

CrystalDiskMark result

With CrystalDiskMark one receives a balanced measurement of the performance with different transfer sizes.

As seen in the previous 4K-64Threads results, the read and write 4K QD32 values are extremely high and the sequential read measurement reached also an extremely high 497.3 MB/s value and a write value of 465.8 MB/s.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the CrystalDiskMark values (SATA3 AHCI):

 

The following diagram shows the CrystalDiskMark results once again compared with other SSDs and platter drives, which are extended step by step.
In the CrystalDiskMark comparison one can see significant differences between the to-date tested of the Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives, whereby the tested Crucial MX100 512GB SSD is not at the top of all CrystalDiskMark results.

Here is a comparison of the CrystalDiskMark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

HD Tach result

With HD Tach one can measure the gradient of the performance, but the SSD transfer is not comparable with a conventional HDD.
New logical NAND cell access of the SSD controller results like some other equal designed SSDs in strong varying values with the latest HD Tach Version 3.0.4.0 version, which is written for hard disk drives.
HD Tach measured with the Crucial MX100 512 GB SSD in AHCI mode during write operations uniform peaks and a constant read rate with the lowest access time display of approx. 0.0ms.

To compare these results you can move the mouse over the following drives to see their respective benchmark results:
Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB 2.5" SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M500 480GB 2.5" SSD at SATA3 AHCI, 2x Crucial m4 128GB 2.5" SSD at SATA3 RAID, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5" SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5" SSD at SATA3, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5" SSD FW 000F at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5" SSD FW 0309 at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5" SSD FW 0002 at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 256GB SSD FW 0309 at SATA3 IDE, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5" SSD FW 0002 at SATA3, Crucial C300 64GB 1.8" SSD at SATA3, Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2.5" SSD at SATA3, Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2.5" SSD at SATA2, Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB HDD, MX-DS Fusion 60GB SSD SATA3 IDE, MX-DS Fusion 60GB SSD SATA3 IDE, MX-DS Turbo 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, OCZ Agility 128GB SSD, Samsung Series470 128GB SSD AHCI, Samsung Series470 128GB SSD Legacy IDE, Seagate Constellation.2 1TB 2.5" HDD at SATA3, Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8" hard disk drive.

Here is a Snipping screenhot of the HD Tach benchmark values:

 

The HD Tach benchmark result comparison shows the enormously high speed of the Crucial MX100 512 GB SSD, which is up to now in HD Tach only beaten by the two Crucial m4 128 GB SSDs in RAID0 (2x m4 128GB).

Here is an impressive comparison of the HD Tach benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

SiSoftware Sandra benchmark result

Of course, SiSoftware Sandra benchmark should not be missing in this test series.
SiSoftware offers with their SiSoft Sandra program a very comprehensive tool, which contains a lot of tools to get very reliable test results of all hardware components.

The average access time of the Crucial MX100 512GB SSD is in SiSoftware Sandra with 23us extremly low and the drive index of 541 MB/s MB/s is amazing high.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark read values (SATA3 AHCI):

 

In the write performance measurement, the average access time of the Crucial MX100 512 GB SSD in SiSoftware Sandra is also at extremely low 23us and the drive index has a very high value of 472.8 MB/s.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark write values (SATA3 AHCI):

 

Here is a comparison of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

 

Result and general impression ...

With the Crucial MX100 2.5" 512GB SATA3 SSD CT512MX100SSD1 has designed a very inexpensive 16nm SSD with nearly as high performance as the recently released Crucial M550 512 GB SSD.

But who profits from such a rapid publication of new SSDs ?
The answer is quite clear: Customers !
Because not only the features and the performance will steadily better, the price is getting more customer-friendly as well.
And mainly regarding the latter point Crucial again outdid itself.

The Crucial CT512MX100SSD1 512 GB MLC Solid State Drive with Marvell controller and latest 16nm Micron NAND was tested both in the current AHCI mode, and in legacy IDE mode, whereby the AHCI mode showed as seen in all previous SSD tests clear advantages and should be strongly preferred.
In our review, different motherboards with different controllers were tested additionaly to the benchmarks, whereby this SSD is detected by all of our motherboards in IDE and AHCI mode.

All in all offers the new Crucial MX100 512 GB SSD a nearly similar high write and read speed as Crucials M550 512 GB SSD and thereby also considerably exceed the Crucial M500 480 GB SSD.
Furthermore, Crucials new MX100 offers awesome features, like for example hardware 256-bit AES encryption, Adaptive thermal protection, power loss protection, a large usable capacity and even an Acronis True Image HD software activation key was included in the scope of delivery.

 

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