Benchmark values and test results …
Let us continue with the benchmark results. SATA3 drives are tested with an ASRock 890GX Extreme3 motherboard and test results of mSATA and M.2 modules are performed using an ASRock Z97 Extreme6 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
Windows practice test
The ASSSD 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 Crucial 480 GB SSD achieved an relatively good sequential read and write speed in AHCI mode.
Although you should operate the SSD in AHCI mode, we have spared no effort to run all benchmarks additionally in IDE mode. The total score in the IDE mode (indicated by pciide below firmware MU02.6) reached 365 points. However, the result is however almost exactly twice as high in AHCI mode.
In AHCI mode also another result beneath the better read performance is much higher than in 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 value in the AS SSD benchmark tool is very high, the total score in AHCI mode is approximately twice as high with 731 points. The Crucial BX100 500 GB SSD reached 803 points, the Crucial MX200 500 GB SSD reached 882 points, the Crucial MX100 512 GB SSD reached 856 points, the Crucial M550 512 GB SSD reached 907 points and the Crucial M500 480 GB SSD reached 685 points – tested in AHCI mode on the same test system.
The usable capacity of the Crucial BX200 is 447.13 GB, slightly below the Crucial BX100 and MX200 500GB SSD. With the Crucial storage Executive v3.24 tool you can also customize the Over Provisioning area and therefore itself determine how high you would adjust the SSD durability vs performance.
Who now think about changing the SATA port in the BIOS from native / legacy IDE to AHCI, should first change for example only one part of the SATA port, where the drive with the operating system is not installed, if this is supported by the motherboard. 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, Windows 8 or Windows 10 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.
The AS SSD benchmark comparison results are extended with each new HDD/SSD test. Here you can see some SSDs in comparison to the Crucial BX200 480GB SSD, and the graphic will be updated periodically with new SSD drives. At the moment the top of total AS SSD scores is lead from the Intel SSD 750 1.2TB PCIe SSD, followed by the Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD, then some other SSDs and after the BX100 1 TB SSD joins then the BX200 SSD 480 GB.
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.
At the Crucial BX200 480 GB SSD is the read speed (green) even at the minimum transfer size of approx. 0.5 KB higher than the write speed (red) and reaches the maximum read result of 545109 KB at a transfer size of 128 KB.
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 BX200 in ATTO can classify only at the bottom.
With CrystalDiskMark one receives a balanced measurement of the performance with different transfer sizes.
Here especially the 4K-64Threads values like before has relatively good sequential read values of 499.1 MB/s and write values of 449.1 MB/s.
The following diagram shows the CrystalDiskMark results again in comparison to the other SSDs and hard drives, which will be expanded 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.
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 184.108.40.206 version, which is written for hard disk drives.
HD Tach shows the Crucial 480 GB BX200 SSD in AHCI mode a continuous read rate with the lowest displayed access time display of approx. 0.0ms. Only when the write operations has a strong performance drop to approximately 75 MB/s after a short transfer time. We will explain these strange benchmarks with a separate windows transfer practice test below.
For comparison, you can move the mouse pointer over the following drives to see their respective benchmark results:
Crucial BX200 480GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial BX100 1TB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX200 1TB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX200 500GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX200 500GB M.2 SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX200 500GB mSATA SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M500 480GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB M.2 SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB mSATA 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, Intel SSD 750 1200GB PCIe Karte Gen3 x4, 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, OCZ Vector 180 480GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD PCIe AHCI, 2x Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 RAID0, Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Samsung Series 470 128GB SSD AHCI, Samsung Series 470 128GB SSD Legacy IDE, Seagate Constellation.2 1TB 2.5″ HDD at SATA3, Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8″ HDD.
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 BX200 480 GB SSD is in SiSoftware Sandra with 25us extremely low and the drive index of 519 MB/s is already very high.
In the write performance measurement, the average access time of the Crucial BX200 480 GB SSD in SiSoftware Sandra is also at extremely low 23us and the drive index reached relatively high 460.11 MB/s.
As with the above HD tach results announced, we’ve made a practical BX200 test to test the new combination of SLC cache and TLC memory. Because what the best benchmark results, if they reflect only half the truth.
If however the fast SLC write cache is filled and is after a copy operation of about 6 GB (3 GB SLC for the 240 GB TLC SSD, 6 GB SLC for the 480 GB TLC SSD and 12 GB SLC for the 960 GB TLC SSD), the transmission suddenly falls down to 70-80 MB/s. That explains the strange transfer chart in the HD tach benchmark, because these values are even below some hard disk drives.
Crucial BX200 480 GB Result and general impression …