Crucial MX200 500GB mSATA SSD Review

Here are the technical data according to the manufacturer …

Manufacturer Crucial
Article number CT500MX200SSD3
Capacity 500GB (NAND)
Interface mSATA SATA3 6GB/s
Cache 512MB
Controller Marvell
Flash Type Micron MLC – Multi-Level-Cell
Size mSATA MO-300 (50.8 x 29.85 x 3.75mm)
Weight approx. 10 grams
Speed Read up to 555 MB/s / Write up to 500 MB/s
Seek Time
MTBF 1.5 million hours 160 TB total bytes written (TBW), equal to 87 GB per day for 5 years
Other SMART Support, 256-Bit AES encryption, TCG Opal 2.0 compliant firmware, RAIN, ECC, TRIM, DEVSLP, Adaptive Thermal Protection, Power Loss Protection, Active Garbage Collection, Dynamic Write Acceleration, Four layers exclusive data defense

Here is a screenshot of the CrystalDiskInfo 4.3.0 SSD and HDD information software, where is immediately noticeable, that the Crucial SSD is again equipped with a temperature sensor. If this SSD reaches higher temperatures above approx. 75°C, the adaptive thermal monitoring feature throttles the SSD speed automatically. But it was not necessary even after dozens of benchmarks. The highest temperature the SSD reached during the benchmarks was 67°C, which was 59.2°C externally measured. This is of course in the light of the low power consumption a fairly high temperature, but with M.2 and mSATA already known and high temperatures are exactly the condition that their Adaptive Thermal Monitoring feature is designed to protect against.

Who like to reduce the SSD temperature, for example can a) adjust the energy saving settings or b) perform an active SSD cooling by direct ventilation or c) attach commercially available silicone heat transfer pads to the top and bottom of the PCB.

Crucial MX200 500GB mSATA SSD Layout, Design and Features …