Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB SATA3 1.8" SSD Review

The introduction ...

The Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB SSD is the first SSD in 1.8-inch size, tested at Redaktion ocinside.de.
With this tiny, 5mm thin SATA3 SSD it is possible to upgrade a netbook, notebook, MP3 player, media player or also a conventional PC and Mac in order to reach an undreamed-of SSD performance.
In today's test report one can see several benchmarks compared with other 3.5-inch hard disk drives and 2.5-inch SSDs installed on the SATA2 and SATA3 port.
Furthermore on visitor inquiries, all benchmark values are available in a direct comparison of IDE and AHCI.
Additionally the performance of the brand-new Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB 1.8-inch SSD is compared with a popular Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8-inch PATA drive.
So there are a lot of interesting comparisons and information in this current SSD review.

 

 

 

Thanks for the support ...

Many thanks for the support with the Crucial RealSSD 64GB 1.8" SSD by the manufacturer Crucial.

The Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB SATA3 1.8" SSD CTFDDAA064MAG-1G1 has at present a price of approx. 130 Euro (11/2010).

The Crucial RealSSD C300 1.8-inch series contains at present the following types:
64GB CTFDDAA064MAG-1G1 for approx. 130 Euro (11/2010)
128GB CTFDDAA128MAG-1G1 for approx. 260 Euro (11/2010)
256GB CTFDDAA256MAG-1G1 for approx. 510 Euro (11/2010)
Whereby the performance of this Crucial RealSSD C300 Series alters depending on the capacity.
A higher capacity of this Crucial RealSSD C300 has a higher write performance !
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The supply of the Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB SATA3 SSD ...

In this well protected cardboard box comes the currently from the size and capacity smallest Solid State Drive from Crucial:

 

 

The technical data ...

Crucial supplies the RealSSD C300 1.8" SSD as well as a short installation guide well padded in a hinged box.

Here is a picture of the Crucial RealSSD C300 SSD with installation guide:

 

And here is a picture of the tiny SATA3 SSD with 64GB capacity:

 

The following picture shows the back of the 1.8" Crucial RealSSD 64GB SSD, where one can see the Micro SATA connector for data and power on the left.
It's possible to connect this Micro SATA3 SSD to a conventional SATA3 controller, or to a SATA2 port.
You can buy a 22-Pin SATA to 16-Pin MicroSATA adapter e.g. here for a few bucks:

 

That is contained ...

Manufacturer Crucial
Article number CTFDDAA064MAG-1G1
Capacity 64GB
Interface SATA3 6GB/s (Micro SATA connector with 3.3 Volt)
Cache 128MB
Controller Marvell
Flash Type MLC - Multi-Level-Cell
Size 1,8" (78,5 x 54 x 5mm)
Weight 45 gramm
Speed Read up to 355 MB/s / Write up to 75 MB/s
Seek Time < 0.1ms
Power Consumption 0,092 Watt idle / 1,4 - 2,2 Watt in operation
MTBF 1.2 million hours
Other TRIM support, RAID support, SMART support

 

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the CrystalDiskInfo 3.5.3 SSD and HDD information software:

 

 

SSD firmware update ...

At review date, the company Crucial offered the firmware version 0002 for Marvell based SSDs, which offers in comparison to the FW0001 version more safety, a higher TRIM performance and a lower power consumption.
The latest firmware version FW0002 was already installed.
An update of the Crucial firmware is otherwise very easy: Download the firmware from Crucial, unpack the contained ISO file, burn it on a CD, boot with this CD, select the SSD in the firmware update utility and confirm the firmware update several times.

 

Benchmark values and test results ...

Let us continue with the benchmark results.
SATA2 drives are currently tested with an ASRock M3A790GXH/128M motherboard and SATA3 drives are currently 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 2010c - 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 64GB Crucial drive achieved above all an amazing high sequential read rate.
With approximately 331 MB/s, the maximum transfer rate of the Serial ATA 2.0 interface was exceeded, so that a SATA3 interface is really the best choice for this SSD.
The write performance was approximately 76 MB/s, which is much lower than the result of the bigger 256GB 2.5" C300 RealSSD with about 211 MB/s tested in the previous review.
The overall score reached very good 251 points, because for example the OCZ Agility 120GB SATA2 SSD reached only 138 points.

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

 

In AHCI mode one result is 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.
Since the weighting of this value is very high in the ASSSD benchmark tool, it increases the total score in AHCI mode with 466 points very high.

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.
Of course 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 to measure the input/output speed (SATA3 IDE):

 

And here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD iops results to measure the input/output speed (SATA3 in AHCI mode):

The comparison of the AS SSD benchmark results is extended with each new HDD/SSD test.
Here we see the OCZ Agility 128GB SATA2 SSD in comparison to the Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB 1,8" SSD in IDE and in AHCI mode and a comparison to the Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2,5" SSD on a SATA-3 controller and on a SATA-2 controller, whereby the diagram is updated shortly with new SSDs.

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.
With approx. 80 MB/s, the write performace of higher transfer sizes is relatively low, but the result of the reading speed is with approx. 350 MB/s starting from 64 KB transfer size is enormously high.

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

 

Compared to this result, the read performance in AHCI mode is increased with all transfer sizes.
Here we see can see a very good comparison of the conventional native IDE mode and the modern AHCI mode, which offers beside the higher performance also advantages like e.g. the support of NCQ (Native Command Queuing) or Hot-Plug.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the ATTO Disk benchmark values (on 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 shows a first comparison to the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB hard disk drive, the OCZ Agility 120GB SSD and the Crucial 256GB C300 RealSSD, whereby the best result is reached by Crucial's 64GB 1,8" C300 RealSSD in IDE and in AHCI.
But the write result reached only the slowest performance.

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.

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

 

As seen in the previous 4K-64Threads results, the 4K QD32 is much higher when operating in AHCI mode.

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 already see differences of the currently tested 64GB 1,8-inch RealSD compared to the previously tested OCZ Agility SSD and an usual disk drive, since the reading performance is clearly faster, but the writing performance of the small 64GB SSD is much lower.

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

 

HD Tach result

With the HD Tach benchmark values one can recognize the gradient of the performance.
The Crucial RealSSD 64GB 1.8" SSD shows no break-downs at all, but a very constant transfer with extremely low access times of approx. 0.1ms in IDE mode and approx. 0.2ms in AHCI mode.
To compare these results with SATA3 values, you can move the cursor over this Crucial RealSSD 64GB SSD SATA3 AHCI link.
Furthermore you can move the mouse over the following drives to see their respective benchmarkresults:
Crucial RealSSD 256GB 2,5" SSD SATA3 an SATA3,
Crucial RealSSD 256GB 2,5" SSD SATA3 an SATA2,
OCZ Agility 128GB SSD and
Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB Festplatte.
And if you like to compare these very fast results of the 1.8" SSD with a Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8" MCD-D50 PATA ZIF hard disk drive (Toshiba 50-Pin Embedded ATA also with 3.3 Volt, 4200 rpm), then you should move your mouse over this Toshiba MK8007GAH HDD link and get tears in your eyes when you own for example a Toshiba R400 Notebook with such a slow HDD.
So it would be worth to upgrade such a HDD, but it would be necessary to use an adapter to upgrade the MK8007GAH HDD to the Crucial 1.8" SSD, which would of course lower the very good transfer rates.

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

 

The comparison of the HD Tach benchmark results shows already very impressive, how fast the reading speed and the average access time of the Crucial RealSSD 64GB 1.8-inch SSD is against other Solid State Drives and hard disk drives.

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 for some years, which contains a lot of tools to get very reliable test results of all hardware components.
The average access time of the Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB SSD was in SiSoftware Sandra with 167us relatively low and the drive index of 345.46 MB/s underscores once again the previous tests.

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

 

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark 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 ...

The Crucial C300 RealSSD 1.8" 64GB SATA3 SSD CTFDDAA064MAG-1G1 showed an extremely high read performance with very low access times in all tests, but the write performance couldn't convince us.

The 64GB small MLC Solid State Drive with Marvell controller has enormously fast read values and exceeded also in some tests also the results of the bigger 256GB 2.5" RealSSD C300.
In order to achieve higher read rates, one should choose at least the larger 128GB SSD from Crucial, which we will test surely again extensively.
The Crucial CTFDDAA064MAG-1G1 was tested both in the newest AHCI operation, and in legacy IDE operation, whereby the AHCI mode should be preferred.
However, noticeable losses regarding the read values were only in the operation of the fast SATA3 SSD on a SATA2 controller, since the maximum transfer limit of the SATA2 controller was exceeded clearly.

All in all the small 64GB Crucial RealSSD C300 SSD with a size of 1.8" is recommended for read-intensive tasks in a notebook, netbook, PC, Mac or in a SATA3/SATA2 suited MP3 player and offers a very inexpensive entrance into the SSD world.
However, in the computer everyday life there is not only read, but also write performance important and in this point, this tiny 5mm flat 1.8" SSD at least with a capacity of 64GB is not very fast.

 

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