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 – Download
ATTO Disk Benchmark – Download
CrystalDiskMark – Download
HD Tach – Download
SiSoftware Sandra – Download
The AS 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 Crucial 480 GB SSD achieved an relatively good sequential read and write speed in AHCI mode.
With the 480GB Crucial drive, a high sequential read and write speed was achieved in the AHCI.
The overall score of 844 points for a reasonably priced “BX” SSD is surprisingly high. The Crucial BX200 480GB SSD was only 731 points on the same test system.
The usable capacity of the Crucial BX300 is 447.13 GB. With the Crucial Storage Executive Tool, you can customize the over-provisioning area as mentioned above, and thus determine how long you want to set 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 German and English PC Forum.
The comparison of the AS SSD benchmark results is extended with each new HDD/SSD test. You can already see some SSDs compared to the Crucial BX300 480GB SSD, whereby the graphics is updated regularly with new SSD drives. At the time of testing, the top of the AS SSD overall score is led by the Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 NMVe SSD, followed by a few more SSDs and before the BX200 SSDs, the latest BX300 SSD with 480GB joins the list.
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 BX300 480GB SSD, the reading speed (green) is already above the writing speed (red) from a transfer size of approx. 0.5KB and reaches the maximum reading values of 555745KB with a transfer size of 128KB.
These ATTO Disk Benchmark values are now compared with a small transfer of 32KB and a large transfer of 8192KB. The bar chart already includes a comparison to some SSDs and hard disks, with the Crucial BX300 480GB SSD at ATTO ahead of the MX300 750GB.
CrystalDiskMark also provides a balanced measurement of performance with different transfer sizes.
As before, the BX300 480GB achieves very good sequential read values of 524.1 MB/sec and write values of 475.5 MB/sec in addition to the 4K-64 threads.
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 varying values with the latest HD Tach Version 184.108.40.206 version, which was written for hard disk drives.
HD Tach shows a normal continuous transfer image with the lowest displayed access time of 0.0ms with the Crucial 480GB BX300 SSD in AHCI mode. And even during the writing process, there are very smooth transfer rates with light peaks.
For comparison. you can move the mouse pointer over the following drives to see their respective benchmark results:
Crucial BX300 480GB 2.5″ SSD, ADATA S511 120GB SSD, ADATA S511 120GB SSD, Crucial BX200 960GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial BX200 480GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial BX100 1TB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX200 1TB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX200 500GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX200 500GB M.2 SSD, Crucial MX200 500GB mSATA SSD, Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5″ SSD, 2x Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5″ SSDs RAID0, 3x Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5″ SSDs RAID0, 4x Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5″ SSDs RAID0, Crucial MX300 750GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial MX300 525GB M.2 SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX300 2050GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial M500 480GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial M550 512GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial M550 512GB M.2 SSD, Crucial M550 512GB mSATA SSD, 2x Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 RAID, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 000F, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0309, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0002, 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 600p 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD at SATA3 AHCI, 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, OCZ Agility 128GB SSD, OCZ Vector 180 480GB 2.5″ SSD, Plextor M8SeGN 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD, 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, Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA SSD, Samsung 960 Evo 500GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 SSD, Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 SSD, Samsung Series470 128GB SSD AHCI, Samsung 470 128GB SSD Legacy IDE, Samsung 850 Pro 128GB 2.5″ SSD, Samsung T5 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 SSD, Seagate Constellation.2 1TB 2.5″ HDD at SATA3, Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB 3.5″ SSHD, Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8″ HDD.
To see how the new 3D MLC NAND Flash behaves in a larger file transfer, we have carried out the long and tedious Full Bench. Even here you will not see any performance degradation after longer write rates, a significant improvement compared to previous TLC or 3D TLC SSDs.
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 BX300 480 GB SSD is in SiSoftware Sandra with 22us extremely low and the drive index of 541 MB/s is very high for a SATA SSD.
In the write performance measurement, the average access time of the Crucial BX300 480 GB SSD in SiSoftware Sandra is also at extremely low 24us and the drive index reached good 485.13 MB/s.
Crucial BX300 480 GB Result and general impression …